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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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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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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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Braamfontein | (up)settting the status quo

Braamfontein

Cited by some as a model of the kind of free-thinking, free-roaming, freely interactive non-racial South Africa of Mandela’s promise, Braamfontein, Johannesburg is a throng of culture, fashion and enterprise. Yet below this model exterior, argues MR LEE MOLEFI,  lie patterns of inequitous cultural and material ownership. Car hooters blare. Spirited movement in every direction entraps your…

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