APOCALYPSE: LET ME EAT FIRST

You can also listen to an audio version of this  column here In the 2008 documentary film Behind the Rainbow by Egyptian-French filmmaker, Jihan El Tahri President Jacob Zuma told a story which has stayed with me for nine years. The story was about his arrest in Swaziland while working as the ANC underground coordinator…

A LOVE LETTER TO TATA MANDELA

A LETTER TO TATA NELSON MANDELA From  your forgotten grand-daughter. Dear Tata Not sure where to start – so much has been said about you from all corners of the world by those who knew you, claimed to know you and from everyone who admired you around the world. Anyone who has a voice has…

MADIBA’S LEGACY: A FATHERLESS NATION

 “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children” – Nelson Mandela South Africa Today South Africa is leading the world in incidents of domestic violence and rape against women and children. According to research by the Medical  Research Council of South Africa (MRC) at least…

THE FIXER: DAY-UNKNOWN

“It’s always impossible until its done” Nelson Mandela A DAY OF PRAYER AND REFLECTION. ON SUNDAY – I was at the most famous church in Soweto, Regina Mundi where activists organized, held meetings prayed and were attacked by apartheid police during the 1970s, 80s and 90s The Church has to be rebuilt after it was…

THE FIXER: DAY ONE – FRIDAY: GOING BACK HOME

  This morning duty called, our father passed away, on the day that our brother, struggle Icon and Pan African Congress (PAC) party leader Robert Sobukwe was born on the -5th of December 1924.  He died in a prisoner inIsolation on Robben Island in 1978. Members of the family have been called back home to…

DON’T BE TOO EMOTIONAL…! CRY MY BELOVED COUNTRY

“I write emotional Algebra” Anais Nin If I could tell you the number of times that I have been told to not be “too emotional” about things I would be a rich woman today. And for years I have struggled with my  character and the fact that it doesn’t take a lot for me to…

AMADODA: RE-DEFINING MASCULINITY

I found him sitting at Cramers café in Johannesburg’s Marshall  town. I noticed that tome of a book which I recently inspired myself to read. Former President Nelson Mandela’s’ autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom” under the nest of his crossed arms. “Excuse me; can I please borrow this chair?” I asked settling next to him…

A TWISTED HERITAGE

So It is True… I thought it was  my little bit of a sick joke, journalists are famous for those. And for that reason I sometimes think I could be a comedian, people always laugh when I tell the truth.  I must have verbalized my thoughts out loud in an unguarded moment.  Because I lie…

I AM SORRY. THINGS WENT HORRIBLY WRONG.

27-06-2013 These are highly stressful days for any journalist… in fact for most South Africans and perhaps even the world at large. Our beacon of hope, our best example of a human being Former South African President Nelson Mandela is critical in hospital. On life support. We are again at the precipice of the unknown. …

On an Artistic Note….

I have been wondering why it (is) was that I was never caught by the  “feverish” excitement over the introduction of  South African’s new bank notes, featuring the face of  former president Nelson Mandela and the big five. It  didn’t excite me. I managed to escape the new banks notes. Until this morning. I got chills…