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Mr Siphiwe Mpye

To opportunity and healing

What comes after our current lot can be a product of our own imagination, with opportunity and healing on the menu, writes Mr Siphiwe Mpye. The year that shut down the last decade was incomparably bad, making those 2016 and 2019 demons seem downright desirable at times. For months we negotiated a disease that seemed…

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Playlist: Izigi Zabaphantsi

As the ancestors stir, we can hear their footsteps, this is what they sound like. A selection of contemporary and erstwhile/eternal artists, healers and prophets, appealing to us to listen – to their warnings, their pleas and interventions. Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in…

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Ungovernable: Mmabatho Montsho

Mmabatho Montsho’s career trajectory has gone from budding fashion designer and promising young actor to well over a decade later to entrenchment as a multi-disciplinary creator that moves from visual art to writing and film directing. Her subject matter – whether celluloid, on the page or at the easel – centres an innately Feminist view…

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The noted.man Podcast, Episode 2 – Mr Kojo Baffoe

He is a writer, editor, speaker and former broadcaster. Mr Kojo Baffoe is also a former editor of three magazines, including two stints at Destiny Man Magazine. In a wide ranging interview, Baffoe talks about mindfulness, biking, raising a girl, his father’s influence and compromise. Nearly two years after the collapse of Ndalo Media, he also reflects on the experience that put an end to his second run at Destiny Man and how he learned to draw a line under it, let go and found peace.

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A white love affair

Not one for Hype Beast drops, Mr Siphiwe Mpye – an aspirant minimalist – sings all the praises for the plain, versatile and high maintenance white takkie. While I have consciously tried to shy away from excess and live with just what I deem to need, it would be pretentious to call myself a minimalist.…

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Ungovernable: Athambile Masola

Ms Athambile Masola is a writer and researcher who teaches at the University of Pretoria. She is a member of Bua-Lit Collective – a group advocating for the use of African Languages as a social justice issue – and Founder of Asinakuthula Collective, a group of teachers and researchers who aim to challenge the continued…

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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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