I hope my letter finds you well today Please allow me to introduce myself, I am Jedi Ramalapa from South … Continue reading Dear Julius Malema
This phrase, Every Journey Begins with a Sowetan, was once on a billboard inside the Johannesburg Park Station, colloquially known … Continue reading (Post Script): Every Journey Begins With A Sowetan
Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash The first time I came across the word Palimpsest was in the first Episode of the third … Continue reading Palimpsest: Scraped Clean and Ready to Use Again
I have been having a bit of trouble processing the amount of information which has been flooding my screen lately. … Continue reading The End of History and The Stories We Tell
Early on into Former US President Barak Obamas’ presidency, a Harvard Professor, Henry Louis Gates was arrested for trespassing in … Continue reading We Are Responsible For Who We Become
This week has been a tough one. I felt a lot of grief which I could not place because it … Continue reading The World Doesn’t Stop For Your Grief
Sometime last year after a rather bruising encounter with a friend where she felt I needed to apologise, not only … Continue reading When I had To Forgive Myself: Not Easy
To the woman who loved me without a career, a job, or the ability to dress myself, eat, drink and … Continue reading It’s Been A While….
A writer friend of mine recently called to share some of her frustration and disappointment upon learning that her friends … Continue reading Even Friends Will Let You Down Sometimes
For those of you who are regular readers of my blog, you will know that my family is very important … Continue reading When Your Family Lets You Down: Chin-up
April is my birthday month. The only time I “celebrated” my birthday on my own was on my first year … Continue reading Age: Nothing but a number?
I am late. I have been running behind on my “I have learnt” blogging challenge to myself which was inspired … Continue reading 2020: When Keeping Your Distance is Loving
I was in the midst of rearranging my mind, shifting the priorities of my heart while reflecting and maybe even … Continue reading #OnLockDown: Friendship Without Borders
Acknowledgement; (noun) Acceptance of the truth or existence of something. I enjoy reading acknowledgement sections in almost every book I pick. … Continue reading Acknowledgements
This week’s truism from Paolo Coelho’s blog caught me off guard. All week I have tried to reason with it, to … Continue reading Caught: Off Guard
The recent chaos in South Africa over comments by Former South African President and Nobel laureate F W De Klerk … Continue reading Attitude: You Control It
I’ve learned that you can get by on charm, for about fifteen minutes. After that, you’d better know something; This … Continue reading Beyond Charm: What Do You Know?
I’ve learned that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it. I’ve decided to … Continue reading Trust: This Land Is Not Ours, Yet
Brazilian Author of the Alchemist Paul Coelho shared a post on his blog about a list of things he’s learnt … Continue reading Who Cares: When No One Does?
Brazilian Author of the Alchemist Paul Coelho recently shared a blog post about a list of things he’s learnt which … Continue reading Accept Yourself : You cannot Make Someone Love You
Perhaps it was not a coincidence that the name Maponya came up during our family New Year’s Eve dinner recently. … Continue reading Maponya: Feeding The Nation One Generation At a Time
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?
I had to share this. It’s been a while since I came across a public official whose message resonated with … Continue reading 11 Tips to Wield Power: ‘Die Hoof Meisie’ Monica Geingos
A conversation with my sister had me in tears today. She wanted to know how I was doing, really. I’m … Continue reading Black People Need To Be Loved