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Milisuthando Bongela

Milisuthando Bongela

Milisuthando Bongela is the Mail & Guardian's arts and culture editor. She is a multi award-winning writer, blogger and collaborator. She has experience in the arts having worked in fashion, music, art and film as well as a decade-long career in consulting, entrepreneurship, blogging and cultural activism. She is also directing a documentary about hair and black identity, a film she calls the report card on the rainbow nation project.
    Uyadelela if you think you know South Africa
    Uyadelela if you think you know South Africa
    I learned this lesson on Tuesday night when, coming home at about 9pm from the gym, I saw our building caretaker and security guard Simon standing...
    Please can we create as much as we consume
    Please can we create as much as we consume
    As a creative person, I sometimes catch feelings about the fact that, in my current job, I’m not really in a position to create my own work as much...
    Exposing a culture’s wounds
    Exposing a culture’s wounds
    More than being just an expository foray into a culture’s sacred rites and rituals, award-winning South African film Inxeba — The...
    Bread, chicken and the vulnerability of tough little children
    Bread, chicken and the vulnerability of tough little children
    At the beginning of winter, I find myself sitting on the stoep of a house owned by a wonderful old woman, catching the sun’s rays as they race...
    Lest we forget: Grand histories are built on personal stories
    Lest we forget: Grand histories are built on personal stories
    I don’t know what it is about going home to rural Tyeni in the Eastern Cape that compels me to record every morsel of life unfolding. Notebooks...
    Powerfully unpacking of conditions that led to June 16
    Powerfully unpacking of conditions that led to June 16
    One of the first films I saw from the Encounters Film Festival’s remarkable selection of documentaries was Uprize!, director Sifiso...
    A snapshot of our everydays
    A snapshot of our everydays
    When she initially catches my attention, her packages are on the pavement, sitting on either side of her legs as if she is taking a break after a...
    Winnie changes history as we know it
    Winnie changes history as we know it
    There’s a scene in Pascale Lamche’s phenomenal documentary Winnie that would make for an interesting graphological study on the...
    If we are going to fight back, we can’t use men’s tools
    If we are going to fight back, we can’t use men’s tools
    "You can’t shame people into changing their behaviour.” Academic and author Brené Brown said these words in an interview in 2012.
    The image of a versatile artist
    The image of a versatile artist
    In painting, filmmaker and actor Mmabatho Montsho found a different medium to express the need to create, propelled by urgent messages that...
    The Treasure Chest Collective: Changing the identity of SA wine
    The Treasure Chest Collective: Changing the identity of SA wine
    The story goes that the first grapevines were brought to the Cape in 1655 by European traders. Although Portuguese, French, English and Dutch ships...
    South African film The Wound to be screened at Sundance
    South African film The Wound to be screened at Sundance
    This weekend, The Wound will become the second South African narrative film to be screened at the Sundance Film Festival in the event's...