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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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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Ed’s Journal: On Vulnerability

Vulnerability is all the rage, a trend* punted by society, podcasts, vlogs, Op Eds and after dinner drink talk for all men to embrace. Yet, our Editor Mr Siphiwe Mpye writes, those who preach it, are seldom ready for it. Vulnerability is complex. At once encouraging when you realise how much of your daily existence requires…

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Jojoba Oil: versatile and vital nourishment

It is an oil that many would have read on the ingredients list on many a product, but perhaps not know just how useful it is. Our Grooming Editor Ms Mathahle Stofile tells us it is one of the best things you can do for your skin.  Jojoba (Spanish word pronounced “ho-ho-ba”) is a plant…

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‘The grass is green’ subverts historical tropes

Businessman, investor, photographer and noted.man contributor, Mr Saki Zamxaka, opens his first solo exhibition at Constitution Hill this week. Entitled  “The Grass Is Green”, the photography collection is at once emphatic, subversive and hopeful, writes the photographer.  This week, my solo photography exhibition kicks off at Constitution Hill, in the historic Old Fort Ramparts. After months of…

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A series of firsts at Tambo Lives!

Imbawula: Tambo Lives! was awash with firsts, as four storytellers – picked for their proximity to the late struggle stalwart Mr Oliver Reginald Tambo, or for work that mirrors his values – delved into anecdotes, lessons and reflections about life, the Tambo way. Hosted at The Market Theatre’s intimate Mannie Manim stage, this was the…

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Tambo Lives! Stories to illuminate icon’s legacy

Imbawula, the storytelling platform is back next month with an exciting new show dedicated to the freedom fighter, intellectual and inspirational leader of the struggle against Apartheid, Mr Oliver Tambo.  The spirit of Oliver Tambo will come alive through stories in October, the month in which the late freedom fighter and leader of the African…

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Get your skin Spring ready

Any change of season has the potential to disturb your skin’s usual flow. Winter skin doesn’t hold moisture very well, everything evaporates much quicker and dehydrated skin becomes a common complaint. Warmer weather is so much kinder to the skin, however, but you still need to prepare for it, writes Ms. Mathahle Stofile.  One of…

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Mo Laudi | through the eye of a Globalisto

He left Polokwane, South Africa, in the early 2000s for London, in search of a global outlet for his broad artistic proclivities. Mr Ntshebe “Mo Laudi” Bopape went on to become a global DJ, producer, sound artist, collaborator, entrepreneur and more recently, clothing designer. In this extensive Q&A he discusses collaboration, Art, Paris, Amapiano, Kimonos and the…

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