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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.
    The intimacies we often forget to politicise
    The intimacies we often forget to politicise
    Whenever we would sit on her wide veranda — which looked out on to William Road, drinking tea or wine, an incense stick burning in her living...
    The strange places we misplace power
    The strange places we misplace power
    Ukuhamba kukubona. Travelling is seeing, they say in my language. My friend X and I took a day trip on Sunday morning, to a small town in the Free...
    Mame-Diarra Niang's vision for the invisible
    Mame-Diarra Niang's vision for the invisible
    In Mame-Diarra Niang’s constructed Black Hole, there is, quite immediately, little room for journalistic subterfuge. As the realisation settles...
    Feelings don’t get the respect they deserve
    Feelings don’t get the respect they deserve
    Hitting children is okay. Writing a Facebook status about how ugly someone’s wedding dress is is an acceptable way to be. Judging and reprimanding a person for wearing fake designer clothing is fine. This is how we are. At least judging by my Facebook and Twitter feed in the past...
    How do we live hopefully in a difficult world?
    How do we live hopefully in a difficult world?
    Lately, the word “process’’ has been perched on almost every one of my thoughts about questions large and small. At the base of my mind, like...
    The politics of iintw’ezimnandi
    The politics of iintw’ezimnandi
    My relationship to food is, as I have discovered recently, inextricably linked to the culture of my formative years and the psychological patterns...
    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...