Apartheid Then: Apartheid Now?

As we watch history repeat itself in spectacularly barbaric and sophisticated ways through the ongoing rampant looting and violent #shutdownSA campaign sparked by the arrest of former South Africa president…

Redacted: A Royal (Mess) Dispatch

//https: <secure communication>/html;scrpt/ [ Current Affairs #broyalcontroversy (racism @ Meghan/Harry)] [ Cultural Affairs Coming to America Part two: HBO] [The Lion King Part two – Wilderness – Crown: Netflix] [historical affairs…

Bantu Treks: The Cost of South African Freedom

Covid-19 has been especially hard on everyone including many cultural and art workers around the country. Bra S’fiso and the Roving Bantu Kitchen & Treks business he runs with his multitalented wife, Ashely has also been affected. Whenever you are in Johannesburg please consider joining one of Bra Sfi’s lively political commentaries and historical treks around Brixton & surrounds, followed by a scrumptious array of South African soul food and refreshments.

A New Year in South Africa

Where should we begin? We can’t seem to catch a break. Honestly. I thought being sober might compel us to rethink our next steps, but it seems we’re going full…

Dear Julius Malema

I hope my letter finds you well today Please allow me to introduce myself, I am Jedi Ramalapa from South Africa. I have lived in this country since the day…

We Are Responsible For Who We Become

Early on into Former US President Barak Obamas’ presidency, a Harvard Professor, Henry Louis Gates was arrested for trespassing in his own home in Cambridge Massachusetts. This incident caused national…

It’s Been A While….

To the woman who loved me without a career, a job, or the ability to dress myself, eat, drink and even walk. To the one who loved me just because…

Acknowledgements

Acknowledgement;  (noun) Acceptance of the truth or existence of something. I enjoy reading acknowledgement sections in almost every book I pick. Acknowledgements are like dessert after a delicious meal or an…

Caught: Off Guard

This week’s truism  from Paolo Coelho’s blog caught me off guard. All week I have tried to reason with it, to find exceptions to the “rule.”  However, as I stand here alone…

Attitude: You Control It

The recent chaos in South Africa over comments by Former South African President and Nobel laureate F W De Klerk that Apartheid was not a crime against humanity and this…

Beyond Charm: What Do You Know?

I’ve learned that you can get by on charm, for about fifteen minutes. After that, you’d better know something; This week’s truism was difficult to write and analyse. It truly…

Juba: The Dream vs Reality

When I accepted an offer to work in Juba, South Sudan for twelve months, I instinctively wanted to write about it. I wanted to write something before I set one…

There is No War on Women

Perhaps this is the title that many men who commented on a book I’ve been reading this week by the late BBC TV Journalist, Sue Lloyd- Roberts would have preferred.…

SOLD: How Ramaphosa Managed

This picture of former South African President  Jacob Zuma with the newly elected  South African President Cyril Ramaphosa  brought to mind a 1975 transhistorical film by Senegalese writer and filmmaker…

Inxeba: Tradition VS Culture

Back when I was a journalism student at Natal Technikon now DUT I attempted, rather poorly, to articulate the continuous tension between tradition and culture which created a fair amount…

THE NEW DEAL: OLD NEWS, NEW DATES

It has become phenomenally difficult to retain any level of optimism regarding African politics these days. It’s as if the new wave of cynicism is overshadowing anything positive taking place…