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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

May The Best African Language Presenter Win!

On the week that researchers released a report revealing that most black South African households (parents) prefer to educate their children in English, I unwittingly got myself into an audition which brought the research home.  I was planning to visit a Hair-Salon in Braamfontein, Johannesburg when I stumbled on an advertisement calling for 30-40 year…

Africa: Stories in The Mist

Storytelling is not an easy skill to master. For the past few weeks I have been writing and re-writing stories searching for the best one to tell , but none has stuck.  Even though the times we now live in, offer a daily buffet rich with an abundance of subjects and issues to campaign, complain…