Former African Union Ambassador to the US Dr Arikana Chihombori-Quao says she was was not surprised by her recent dismissal … Continue reading Chihombori-Quao: ‘Maybe I Lasted Longer Than I Should Have’
This week I had a blast watching the Zulu Wedding, a South African feature film about a young Zulu woman … Continue reading Zulu Wedding: Re-writing History?
“I realise that when reporting, I walk with a stoop now, bent from the world as if to protect myself. … Continue reading Sticks & Stones: Journalism and Hate Speech in South Africa
On the week that researchers released a report revealing that most black South African households (parents) prefer to educate their … Continue reading May The Best African Language Presenter Win!
Storytelling is not an easy skill to master. For the past few weeks I have been writing and re-writing stories … Continue reading Africa: Stories in The Mist
The Week That Was For two days last week, I reported from the front-lines of what many in the media … Continue reading Error: Mind Your Language(s), Nkandla is Beautiful!
When I accepted an offer to work in Juba, South Sudan for twelve months, I instinctively wanted to write about … Continue reading Juba: The Dream vs Reality
There’s a story a former colleague and housemate told me once about “madness”. The story has stuck with me over … Continue reading A QUESTION OF POWER: DON’T SAY THAT #freestellanyanzi
The people would be forgiven for thinking that most African leaders are not committed to building liberal democratic institutions as … Continue reading Why are (most) African Leaders Silent on Media Freedom?
As women leaders and activists from around the world gather for the 63 Commission on the Status of Women in … Continue reading Consent: Is a Woman’s Right
This post is inspired by a recent reading of Yaa Gyasi’s book, HomeGoing (2016). It is a book chosen by … Continue reading Homegoing: A Non Book Review
Perhaps this is the title that many men who commented on a book I’ve been reading this week by the … Continue reading There is No War on Women
It came out of nowhere, just like Die Stem, South Africa’s national anthem from 1957 to 1994. I thought we … Continue reading Forgiveness: It’s Not Black or White, It’s Personal
A memoir by Bhikisisa Mncube A few months ago I was part of a social gathering in which the Master … Continue reading ON: THE LOVE DIARY OF A ZULU BOY
A once dear friend of mine loved to compare me to the American singer, songwriter, composer and pianist Nina Simone. … Continue reading AT LAST: YOU’RE YOUNG, GIFTED AND BLACK
This picture of former South African President Jacob Zuma with the newly elected South African President Cyril Ramaphosa brought to … Continue reading SOLD: How Ramaphosa Managed
Back when I was a journalism student at Natal Technikon now DUT I attempted, rather poorly, to articulate the continuous … Continue reading Inxeba: Tradition VS Culture
I’m here watching as the brilliant pallet of hopeful colours democracy once painted for us in vivid penetrating hues of … Continue reading Unveiling Democracy: It’s A Mirage
I do not know how to make it pretty. I do not know how to mask it. It is not … Continue reading Coconut: Soothing oil for growing Afros
It has become phenomenally difficult to retain any level of optimism regarding African politics these days. It’s as if the … Continue reading THE NEW DEAL: OLD NEWS, NEW DATES
The incoming president of the Business Woman Association of South Africa (BWASA) Happy Ralinala has challenged women to put their … Continue reading THE LEADING SEX: DOES GENDER MATTER?
You can listen to a podcast-radio version of this story here. It is arguably one of the largest shack dweller’s … Continue reading ABAHLALI: LINDIWE’S UNTOLD STORY
[LISTEN] Take a trip to Nairobi, Kenya and you will find a country at war with itself where political contest … Continue reading POWER FAILURE: LIGHTS ARE ON BUT NOBODY’S HOME
Click here to listen to the audio version of this article. It is rather unfortunate that the newest political party … Continue reading THE EFF: AND ITS LANGUAGE GAME
You can also listen to an audio version of this column here In the 2008 documentary film Behind the Rainbow … Continue reading APOCALYPSE: LET ME EAT FIRST
“In politics, we will have equality and in social and economic life we will have inequality. In politics, we will … Continue reading MONEY: MIND LAUNDERING
The recent exchange between ‘the people’s bae’ South African Member of Parliament and Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi … Continue reading TJOVITJO: I’M SORRY, WHAT?
Beyond the biblical definition of what love is: kind, patient, does not boast, does not think of evil, always hopes, … Continue reading LOVE: FROM PAIN TO POWER
It’s difficult. I am at a loss for words and a piece of me is still hoping that it’s not … Continue reading IF WE DON’T TELL THE TRUTH WHO WILL? – ZOLA NTUTU
You’ve got to learn to leave the table when love is no longer being served”— Nina Simone. A Facebook update … Continue reading GET OUT: YOU ARE NOT A ROCK
I’ve been itching to write a review of Trevor Noah’s book of childhood stories Born A Crime (2016, Spiegel and … Continue reading BORN A… WHAT?
I’m sharing something I wrote three years ago about censorship at the South African Public Broadcaster (SABCNews) which was initially published … Continue reading TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
Quo Vadis is an ancient Latin question attributed to St Peter who, while fleeing persecution in Rome met Christ on … Continue reading Quo Vadis: Where Are You Going?
My younger sister and I have often toyed with the idea of me re-entering the dating scene through South Africa’s leading … Continue reading DATING: WITH MY FAMILY
I hung my head in shame when I heard the news of the passing of South African author, journalist and … Continue reading MIRIAM TLALI: OUT OF PRINT?
What you are about to read will answer all your questions. Can you read multiple stories at once? Find yours. … Continue reading LOVE: IT’S TOO BIG A RISK FOR MAYBE
These past few weeks I have had the pleasure of attending my sister’s childhood friends’ wedding. It was in … Continue reading WEDDING BELLS?: PRAY IT’S THE CORRECT PERSON
I’ve heard it being said a million times in the blue corridors of the embattled public (state) broadcaster, the South … Continue reading NEWS: PRINCIPLES CAN’T PAY THE BILLS
Today I want to talk about a subject close to my heart: Food and why millions of well-fed people are … Continue reading INTERVIEW:WHAT’S WRONG WITH BREAD?
This week a man I used to love dearly sent me a message informing me that he is married now. … Continue reading DESIGNED TO BEAT THE BENDS
The issue of “title” or “entitlement” takes a different tone during the month of June in South Africa with cries … Continue reading JUNE 16: ” Entitled”
If food is the way to a man’s heart, 33-year-old *Thembi Nkosi seemed to have the exact Global Positioning System … Continue reading LOVE ACROSS THE BORDER: CAN YOU AFFORD TO FALL IN LOVE?
Latvia is a country, right? Imagine if I had to pitch an advertising campaign congratulating Latvia on the successful conclusion … Continue reading LATVIA, YOUR FLAG IS ON MY LIPS, CONGRATULATIONS!
Good Morning, Coffee, anyone? I wanted to start this week’s blog by writing about the recent e-tolling saga ( formally … Continue reading ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Africans & etc
I know what you are thinking. The new name for my blog is an old cliche. It is. But I … Continue reading MY BEST FIT LINE: MOVING IMAGES
My fellow Africans. Many of us are reeling, we are feeling broken and unsure of just how or where to … Continue reading AFRICA: WE ARE ONE, NO MATTER WHAT.
This weeks’ blog post features a story by journalist, editor and writer Clinton Nagoor. My former colleague, editor and boss. We’ve worked … Continue reading A MILLION WAYS TO LIVE: WRITE HARD, DIE FREE
I have been thinking about my chosen profession recently. In fact for the past 14 years. Each day I have … Continue reading ON THE CLOCK: THE FUTURE OF (SELFIE) JOURNALISM
True freedom therefore is a courageous act, a brave decision to face the unchangeable fact of your past and present. It requires fearlessness … Continue reading XENOPHOBIA: SOWETO FROM HERE?