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Johnny Masilela

Johnny Masilela

    Black man, white man: you are both on your own
    Black man, white man: you are both on your own
    A cluster of rickety shacks and neat brick houses cling to the rolling hills of the Klipgat settlement, northwest of Pretoria.
    Adventures of the men who man the 16-wheelers
    Adventures of the men who man the 16-wheelers
    Professional truck drivers are arguably the most underrated of storytellers.
    Church on Sunday and the roll of the dice
    Church on Sunday and the roll of the dice
    Mr Dlakama was by and large a cultured man from rural Limpopo.
    Ouseun a victim of xenophobia?
    Ouseun a victim of xenophobia?
    Kleinfontein farmer Joshua van der Walt agreed to a request by a few of his workers to let them use one of his tractors and a trailer on a recent...
    Poetic justice lights up an artist's life
    Poetic justice lights up an artist's life
    More often than not, when artists stumble into each other they chat about the state of the arts.
    Hot-headed Smangi spoils for a scrap
    Hot-headed Smangi spoils for a scrap
    We just have to agree to call my wayward cousin Smangi.
    You're stirring your hornets into my words
    You're stirring your hornets into my words
    Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini, among others, has in recent weeks vented his anger at those of us who make a living by recording events as...
    Songeziwe Mahlangu's debut novel gives flawed insight into young lives
    Songeziwe Mahlangu's debut novel gives flawed insight into young lives
    Pretenders to creative literary excellence – such as this reviewer – should not be allowed to critique other writers' work.
    A jig for when the chips are down
    A jig for when the chips are down
    Zulu-speaking Sipho runs a shebeen in a backyard shack in the township of Temba, outside Hammanskraal.
    The trout that lost itself in rhetoric
    The trout that lost itself in rhetoric
    I deliberately choose not to divulge Lungi's real name, because he is a young man with a troubled past.
    Songeziwe Mahlangu: a shadow of a writer
    Songeziwe Mahlangu: a shadow of a writer
    For the record, my interview with young author Songeziwe Mahlangu was in the form of a questionnaire emailed to him, and the answers dispatched...
    The Long and short project: Getting South Africans to read
    The Long and short project: Getting South Africans to read
    The Long Story Short – African Literature Goes Digital project, launched by arts and culture entrepreneur Kgauhelo Dube, will host a series of...