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Rape | Women are under siege, not men

MS. ZUKISWA WANNER is a writer, mother, feminist and activist. Having contributed no less than nine books as a novelist, children’s author, non-fiction writer and book editor, she is as prolific as she is funny and incisive. She is also frank, evidenced this letter, speaking directly to men who feel that they are under siege, in the wake of…

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Reclaiming Nongqawuse | of prophesy and colonial deceit

More than a century and-a-half after one of the most devastating events in South Africa’s colonial history, the story of the mass Xhosa Cattle Killing –  by the young prophetess Nongqawuse’s vision – is still mired in wanton mythology. MR SIBUSISO MNYANDA argues that a proper reading of information in the public domain exposes the events leading up to…

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Ungovernable | Zengeziwe B. Msimang

She is self-affirmed, walking to nobody’s tune but her own. She rejects conformity and seeks only her own truth. She is ungovernable, and just the kind of woman we love. In the latest in our series profiling women whose paths and minds we admire, we speak to Ms. Zengeziwe B. Msimang – Chief Director of Strategic…

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The myth of the SS Mendi and the sacrifice of black life

This week marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the SS Mendi. Hundreds of black Africans perished with it and over the years, the narrative of colonialists – and subsequently the post-94 South African government – has been dominated by tales of the deceased’s bravery. But, as historian MR SIBUSISO MNYANDA argues that this event should be located in…

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Dating While Feminist: an extreme sport

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Imbawula is a monthly storytelling initiative which brings together four storytellers from different walks of life to share their experiences – whether inspiring, humorous, touching or thought provoking – with a view to exposing a shared human experience. In this story, Ms. Pontsho Pilane navigates the all too common pitfalls of dating while feminist. There…

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A deconstructed consciousness

consciousness

Black Consciousness (BC) – as a theory, philosophy and way of life – has been the site of much contestation in contemporary South Africa. In a week when we remember the murder of Mr Steve Biko – one of its most astute proponents – and witnessed Dr Angela Davis paying tribute to him, the following ten…

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A comrade, unifier and true patriot

Stofile

Rev. Dr Makhenkesi Stofile – South African struggle stalwart, diplomat and the sports minister who led the 2010 Soccer World Cup – was ushered into the next realm in rousing fashion at his Fort Hare University in Alice in the Eastern Cape this week. Friend, colleague and deputy Minister of Finance MR MCEBISI JONAS delivered the…

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Adulthood and the myth of Independence

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MR EDDIE NDOPU is a black, queer, feminist Disability Activist. He is also a thinker and an uncontested, self-identifying genius. His intellectual muscle and determination to open up the world to all non-binary people has landed him a scholarship to Oxford University, making him the first disabled African to be accepted into the institution. But there’s a catch,…

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Towards a radical Black Love

Black Love

In the face of prominent black voices advancing the global agenda to do physical, psychological and spiritual harm on the black body, through collusion, denial or silence, MS. NOZIZWE VUNDLA reminds us that Radical Black Love demands that we love those – among our people – with whom we most disagree.  Even while we recognise that Judge Thokozile Masipa’s judgement…

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Ungovernable | Laura Windvogel

Laura Windvogel

She is self-affirmed, walking to nobody’s tune but her own. She rejects conformity and seeks only her own truth. She is ungovernable, and just the kind of woman we love. MS. ALUWANI RATSHIUNGO sat down with Ms. Laura Windvogel, or the artist and activist known as Lady Skollie. Noted Man[NM]: In a paragraph, please introduce…

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