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Gail Smith

Gail Smith

    A betrayal of our valiant history
    A betrayal of our valiant history
    August is my least favourite month. And, since 1994, the most miserable month of the year has a name: Women's Month. Moreover, to add insult to...
    South African women: Young heroine with courage forged in fire
    South African women: Young heroine with courage forged in fire
    Five minutes after I call her to introduce myself and arrange a time to meet, Mitta Lebaka phones me back to suggest that instead of meeting at the...
    The comeback kid
    The comeback kid
    Johannesburg is a city beleaguered by memories of its glorious past. There are just too many people who knew it back in the good old days. And like...
    Outlaw culture
    Outlaw culture
    Lesbianism in South Africa is a bit like a crazy and eccentric old auntie we tolerate because of the equality clause, and whom we keep at a safe...
    Fetching Saartjie
    Fetching Saartjie
    There is something surreal about being caught up in a moment of history.  Two weeks ago I was in Paris, witnessing the closing of a 180-year...
    To don the doek, or not?
    To don the doek, or not?
    To don the doek, or not? This is the conundrum I faced before meeting Erykah Badu. What, after-all does a woman who wears a doek, wear to interview...