Let the fires burn

In our personal and professional lives, we are accustomed to challenges, problems, to raging fires. Much of our time is devoted to solving those problems, to putting out those fires, but sometimes, writes Mr Karl Gostner, we need to just let them burn.

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The Mother of all tonics

A versatile tonic within and without the body, a grooming secret weapon and useful around the kitchen, Apple Cider Vinegar is the ‘mother’ of multipurpose staples.

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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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On access and the making of Prisoner 467/64

 As we rose to the sad news of the passing of Mr Andrew Mlangeni this week, we had been working on the third draft of an essay in the filmmaker and noted.man contributor, Mr Lebogang Rasethaba’s ongoing series on access. It is, as you will read below, an intimate insider portrait of the Rivonia trialist through the…

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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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Julius: a lesson in access  

In a notorious, now-defunct nightclub, the Documentary Film Director, Mr Lebogang Rasethaba, recalls a lesson in access, delivered by one Mr Julius Malema.  As the music blares in a nightclub, a woman – young and drunk – interrupts me as I make an ambitious plea to Mr Julius Malema to appear in a film I am…

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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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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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