On these eery streets

Armed with a camera and journalism’s essential service cover, our long-term contributor Mr Lee Molefi recently rolled through the streets of Johannesburg, looking to capture in lockdown, the altered face of streets he knows well. In his photo essay – featuring  landmarks from Braamfontein to Melville often teeming with energy and revelry – we largely find…

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Calamari Potatoes in a blanket of peas

It started with a belated appreciation post for a good-looking dish posted on instagram by Mr Dini Nondumo – the senior executive in the insurance sector and former actor and producer. The Calamari potatoes with a blanket of peas was a huge hit and when I reposted it a few days later, I was overrun…

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Ungovernable: Nandi Dlepu

A former television producer, Ms Nandi Dlepu is the Founder of Mamakashaka – the agency responsible for some of Jo’burg (and South Africa’s) hippest gatherings centered around music, film, fashion, design and women. Her event properties – Pantone Sundays, Feel Good Series, Film Noire, Umi and Bloom – each breathe life into the different cavities of…

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Remembering and creating fatherly love

In this submission for the ‘Love in the time of social distancing’ series carried by Imbawula, the storytelling organisation, the Filmmaker Mr Lebogang Rasethaba writes about rituals, fatherhood and memory. When we don’t have the banalities of everyday out of home existence as a buffer for our emotions, the default factory settings for relationships, Monday…

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May you have love, may you belong

In this essay, submitted in the Imbawula ‘Love in the time of Social Distancing’ series, South African writer, storyteller and curator Ms Sisonke Msimang – who has lived in Australia with her husband and two children for several years – says that love in the time of Covid-19 looks exactly like it always has.  I can’t lie,…

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Safety razors, back to basics

Safety razors (or double-edged razors) have made a big comeback in recent years, as many of us drop out of the multiple razor cartridge Olympics, with good cause, writes Mr Siphiwe Mpye. If you have course, curly or coily hair, this option is for you. Unlike the 3 – 7 razor cartridge options – that…

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On movement, human rights and Covid-19

(This essay was written before South Africa was locked down, but is as poignant now as it was then – Editor) Meditating on human rights and the coronavirus in South Africa, Ms Pumla Dineo Gqola posits that the landscape of freedom after apartheid has cemented an old regime of movement.   On the 60th anniversary…

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Ungovernable: Lindokuhle Nkosi

Ms Lindokuhle Nkosi is a writer, curator and cultural commentator. She walks to a tune all her own, challenging our casually held notions of empathy and love, deep love. She spoke to us about girlhood, Caster Semenya, writing, faux allies and the disrespect of black artistry.  NM: In a sentence, who is Lindokuhle Nkosi? LN:…

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After the event of fire

On the weekend of the 20th of December 2019, while Mr Majola Ganymede was visiting his cousin, children started a fire in the tall grass opposite the residential area of B-M section in Site B, Khayelitsha Township. Later on that day, after firefighters had quelled the inferno, it was decided that building a shack to house…

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Ed’s Journal: On Vulnerability

Vulnerability is all the rage, a trend* punted by society, podcasts, vlogs, Op Eds and after dinner drink talk for all men to embrace. Yet, our Editor Mr Siphiwe Mpye writes, those who preach it, are seldom ready for it. Vulnerability is complex. At once encouraging when you realise how much of your daily existence requires…

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