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Mercedes Sayagues

Mercedes Sayagues

    Maputo: A rich culture is the best currency
    Maputo: A rich culture is the best currency
    In August 2014, the United Nations ranked Mozambique 178th out of 187 countries in terms of human development. Here are other quick stats: 50 –life...
    Comoros: The crazy, remote art biennale that rocks
    Comoros: The crazy, remote art biennale that rocks
    Moroni, capital of the Comoros islands, must be the only city in Africa where hairdressers piously advertise their trade with paintings of combs and...
    Bhekisisa on the cutting edge in Mpumalanga
    Bhekisisa on the cutting edge in Mpumalanga
    "I learned about a simple and safe method of male circumcision. This is very important because the traditional method is very painful. I speak from...
    Quick expansion of medical circumcision brings challenges - study
    Quick expansion of medical circumcision brings challenges - study
    As South Africa vastly expanded male medical circumcision services since 2010, surgical efficiency and record-keeping improved but the quality...
    Sweet deal
    Sweet deal
    There was a reason why the Mayans and the Aztecs used chocolate in their ceremonies. They had a god for it.
    Mozambique faces the music
    Mozambique faces the music
    It was oddly fitting and postmodern that Maputo's Fifth International Music Festival kicked off at the city's most egregious example of colonial...
    A quickie in Havana
    A quickie in Havana
    I love a country where having a mojito at 10am is perfectly fine. Muy chévere. Have another one. Otro mojito. And one Cuba Libre,...
    The Cinderella myth
    The Cinderella myth
    I have just returned from the Magic Kingdom. No, not Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The Magic Kingdom is a three-hour drive from Pretoria.
    Testing times
    Testing times
    Out of the blue, one Monday morning, my Prince Charming calls from Dakar. He has been invited to an Aids conference in South Africa. Can I pick him...
    Carmen, koeksisters and the president
    Carmen, koeksisters and the president
    Passion, power and sex wrapped in fab music: see U-Carmen eKhayelitsha.
    Fat daddies, old mamas
    Fat daddies, old mamas
    I spent many hours last week on all fours. No, I was not experimenting with position 172 of the Kama Sutra. I was battling a flood in my sitting...
    Continental mush, from Cape to Cairo
    Continental mush, from Cape to Cairo
    It was a cute skirt, pleated, with black and white stripes. I saw it at Woolworths when I moved to Pretoria in 2001. I toyed with the idea of...