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Mr Siphiwe Mpye

And she belonged only to herself

We are acutely aware that once-off initiatives like Women’s Day – although created with the best of intentions, like honouring the brave women that marched in 1956 – make very little material change to women’s lives. As so many women have pointed out, much of the pomp and empty symbolism surrounding this day is designed to appease men, to rid us of our guilt, creating a veneer of progress. We have no such illusions.

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noted.dialogues: The Podcast Episode 1 – Athi Patra Ruga

The Artist Athi Patra Ruga was born in East London in the Eastern Cape, and after years of living and working in Johannesburg and Cape Town, he has re-rooted himself in his home province. He spoke to us from the idyllic surroundings of Hogsback, a stone’s throw away from Alice, where one finds the famed…

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Kaunda Ntunja was not a ‘Xhosa Commentator’

Kaunda Ntunja – the first black SA Schools Captain, Currie Cup winner with the Cheetahs and a Rugby Commentator extraordinaire – passed away this week. Amid the ensuing news reports, a disturbing but all too familiar tendency has emerged, writes Mr Siphiwe Mpye.  As friends, family and rugby fans like myself, who never knew Mr Kaunda…

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The noted.man Podcast Episode 1: Mr Lebogang Rasethaba

In our first episode of The noted.man Podcast, we talk to the Documentary Filmmaker, Lebogang Rasethaba about fatherhood, baking, identity, optimism and Patriarchy. Mr Lebogang Rasethaba values being a father, above all else. But he is also a successful filmmaker, who happens to be a CIS-het black, African, husband (if you read his recent piece…

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I am hurting

I am hurting. Hurting that this  pandemic has scattered my family and may leave me without a business when the dust settles. I am hurting for my nurse mother and doctor father who are over 60 and vulnerable as they answer their calling daily, with superiors who couldn’t give a damn. I am hurting for my…

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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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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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