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 against the wall. I have to admit, it is true that… “… no matter how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion…

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 week’s truism from Paulo Coelho’s blog: I have learnt that if you don’t control your attitude – it will control you Brought to mind a…

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 challenged me. I seriously had to think about what it is I know beyond my ability to delight, attract, or fascinate others. I have often asked…

Trust: This Land Is Not Ours, Yet

  I’ve learned that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it. I’ve decided to approach this week’s truism from the series I’ve learned from a different perspective.   I want to use the subject of land as a starting point because not only is it a hotly contested and highly…

Who Cares: When No One Does?

Brazilian Author of the Alchemist Paul Coelho shared a post on his blog about a list of things he’s learnt which have been attributed to him even though he did not write them called I have learned. The post lists 24 life lessons which gave me pause after I read them. I have since decided…

Accept Yourself : You cannot Make Someone Love You

Brazilian Author of the Alchemist Paul Coelho recently shared a blog post about a list of things he’s learnt which have been attributed to him even though he did not write them called I have learned. The post lists 24 life lessons which gave me pause after I read them. I have since decided to…

Maponya: Feeding The Nation One Generation At a Time

Perhaps it was not a coincidence that the name Maponya came up during our family New Year’s Eve dinner recently. After a hearty meal my mother opened up about some of her fondest childhood memories. One of them is a story about a video-juke box which transfixed many children who were sent on errands to…

Chihombori-Quao: ‘Maybe I Lasted Longer Than I Should Have’

Former African Union Ambassador to the US Dr Arikana Chihombori-Quao says she was was not surprised by her recent dismissal as the permanent representative of the African Union in the United States of America. Speaking during an exclusive interview with the US based #RolandMartin Daily Digital show last week Dr Chihombori-Quao said she received a…

Zulu Wedding: Re-writing History?

This week I had a blast watching the Zulu Wedding, a South African feature film about a young Zulu woman who leaves the country to pursue a new life and career in America, attempting  to free herself from the cultural and traditional obligations she is pre-destined to fulfil. Only to be pulled back home by…

Sticks & Stones: Journalism and Hate Speech in South Africa

“I realise that when reporting, I walk with a stoop now, bent from the world as if to protect myself. It’s not like me. At news events, like EFF media conferences, I make myself small and will ask questions in a way that sound to me as I reflect, almost obsequious. It’s definitely not like…