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Boots on the ground, a sound strategy and the promise of a better tomorrow are some of the crucial ingredients needed to win a war.

Many have been yearning for a road trip out in the warm South African sun as a release from the cabin fever associated with the lockdown.

Given the chance to rewrite a life partly spent in exile and returning to home soil to rise through the public service ranks is something retired Secretary of Defence Dr Sam Gulube would politely decline.

Nomahlubi Nazo credits a former employer’s decision not to grant her leave as one of the propellants that pushed her closer to her dream of running her own business.

A childhood memory wherein a friend was attacked by dogs led Zandile Mbonxa to make a pinkie promise to herself that she would never have anything to do with animals.

Ask any woman who has ascended to a prominent role in a male-dominated field just how hard she has had to work and you’re likely to get a sarcastic rolling of the eyes or a sigh of disbelief.

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the world, it has also brought key lessons for not only individuals but also business and government alike.

In times of crisis and uncertainty, it is human nature to bury one’s head in the sand with the hope that one will not cross hairs with an impending storm.

Like many looking forward to what is undoubtedly one of the most important days in their lives, Shesnee Naidoo did all she could to ensure that her dream wedding day goes off without a hitch.

Stern, strong women, with an aversion to any form of childhood nonsense, have raised many good men and women, often in times of great difficulties, with the hope that their children will make a difference in an ever-evolving world.

South Africa like many countries around the world, dipped its toes into uncharted waters with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the midst of the COVID-19 storm, citizens are rallying together to cushion the blow of a pandemic that is not only taking the lives of many, but is also playing Russian Roulette with the livelihoods of those left to pick up the pieces.

It no secret that healthcare workers are at the forefront of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic but how do we ensure their safety?

A cloth facemask, face shield and a bottle of hand sanitiser are the likely key items that one could consider when putting together a time capsule to be discovered by future generations.

Dr Katlego Lekalakala has not seen her mother or her other loved ones in over two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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