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.

When eNCA Failed To Read The Room

There are few things more upsetting to black people the world over than blatant racism. It’s been the bane of our collective existence for all time. Tbh: we are tired of it. So when racist acts are proven to be true, when the evidence is made plain for all to see – it can be…

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 speed ahead. We’re moving so fast that we are leaving the very people we are meant so save behind. I won’t be pessimistic about the…

We Miss You Manelo Where Are You?

“Futures Are Never Given,They Are Created“ Eleven  years ago a group of elders and industry experts sat down to deliberate on the state of South Africa and what its future is  likely to be in 2020, if it failed to address critical socio-economic challenges especially related to unemployment and poverty, safety and security, education and health….

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 I was born 39 years ago. Even though the contents of this letter will reference a specific encounter with you in my professional capacity as a…

(Post Script): Every Journey Begins With A Sowetan

This phrase, Every Journey Begins with a Sowetan, was once on a billboard inside the Johannesburg Park Station, colloquially known as epaki/rotunda. I would see it whenever I passed through the station on a long distance bus trip or a short trip on the Gautrain.  This simple sentence has meant a lot to me over…

11 Tips to Wield Power: ‘Die Hoof Meisie’ Monica Geingos

I had to share this. It’s been a while since I came across a public official whose message resonated with me in such a powerful way and on so many levels. The public official in question is Namibian First Lady Monica Geingos; a qualified lawyer with extensive high-level executive experience in the financial sector. She…

Palimpsest: Scraped Clean and Ready to Use Again

Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash The first time I came across the word Palimpsest was in the first Episode of the third season of The Crown – a fictional take on the British Monarchy. There, Queen Elizabeth II used the word during a speech at the opening of an Exhibition of portraiture curated by the royal art…