It's that time again - cue the handlebars, pencils and Fu Manchus; as well as unhappy wives and schoolboy antics. But it's all for a good cause!

Hmmm... You Look Different
It’s starting to feel like 1980, the men around you are beginning to take on a caveman-like appearance as their faces are consumed by fuzz, fluff and full-on bear fur. Yup, it’s Movember and men across South Africa are giving the follicles on their upper lips free reign. From Apaches (a patchy over here and a patchy over there) to magnificent Mo’s, creepy Poirotesque strips to sleazy-yet-retro Magnum PIs, it’s the month of the Mo, the time of the ‘tache and the start of the big razor boycott.

Arriving at work looking scruffy and unshaven is no longer a sign of slovenly behaviour (or a really big bender the night before), it’s now a sign that you are a Man Who Cares. So work it, boys, because even women who loathe your facial decoration will find your dedication to this worthy cause admirable.

And let’s be honest, most of you won’t admit it but by the end of Movember that rug on your mug is hot, itchy and creeping you out by catching stray morsels of food. But as we said, it’s a worthy cause as Movember aims to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, most notably prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

Show Your Support
Lads, if you just can’t face the thought of that much hair under your nose, or you really can’t grow a Mo, support a brother who can.

Ladies, if the man in your life (be it husband, boyfriend, brother or father) is causing you visual pain and acute embarrassment with his new moustache, remember that it is only for a month, it’s for a good cause, and they make wax strips for sensitive skin in just the right size for a top lip – he’s got to sleep at some point, right?

Show your support for a Movember by sponsoring someone you know or by logging on to to find a likely candidate. You can even support Tracker’s special Movember effort by visiting and donating to the Tracker Pretoria team.

Movember – it’s all about the Mo, bro. 

By Katherine Stott at 1 Nov 2013