Miss Universe: Peace In The Middle East

Those of us who were still children in the early 90’s and 2000’s will remember the term “peace in the middle east” as a salutation to a friend, foe or acquaintance we no longer wish to see or are not happy with. Instead of saying Peace-Out, we’d say “Peace In The Middle East” indicating that peace between “us” is something that would not happen in our lifetime, just like the ever elusive peace deal in the Middle East

2021: Trauma & Climate Change

In my early years as a reporter covering the environmental beat for radio news, I never once thought that there’ll be a time when I’ll be able to use the concept of Climate Change as an analogy to tell a very personal and public story about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Back then when the weather…

Book Review: Soweto To Beirut

“On some of your descriptions of township struggles I felt we were brutalised by your characterisation of our struggles. I found myself getting angry with you for not fully understanding. In other words you evoked emotions in me and that is a good thing, that is what good literature does, it stirs us. We read stories, because like art, it disturbs us in deep often incomprehensible ways; and this is one reason why it is good for us when it is good and bad for us when it is bad”

Daylight Murder: The Yeoville Story of Politics And Drugs

The Yeoville Community Policing Forum has reiterated its urgent call for more police reinforcements to help fight the war on drugs and petty crime in the densely populated Johannesburg surburb. This follows a recent murder of a 30-year-old Zimbabwean “security guard” who was stabbed outside an alleged drug house on 95 Hunter street two weeks…

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 Jacob Zuma for being in contempt of court last Thursday. I can’t help but recall the words South African writer and novelist Andre Brink, meditating…

Jedi 4.0: Happy Playlist

It’s been 40 years since I was born. I am suprised and also very happy to be here.  Also, I have been at a loss as to how to celebrate this milestone, considering. So I thought I’d share a playlist with 40+ Happy, Dance like no one is watching, songs. Some are ballads and personal…

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 : Mansa Musa – Malian Empire; Shaka Zulu- Nguni – Egyptian Heritage] [sci-ref: Sheik Anta Diop – Nubia To Egypt] [Literature and Philosophy – The…

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.