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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 art of everyday help
    The art of everyday help
    Helplessness. An equalising condition bequeathed to every person. We who need help to do everything but breathe, and sometimes not even that is...
    Heal yourself by healing your ancestors
    Heal yourself by healing your ancestors
    One need not travel far in a conversation with another person to realise how much each of us is carrying on our backs and in our hearts. How,...
    What we are hinges on respect
    What we are hinges on respect
    A black friend of mine was standing in a queue at Spar last weekend when a white woman arrived and stood next to her. It was just the two of them...
    The quest for intonga yam
    The quest for intonga yam
    One of the most beautiful things about black South Africans was pointed out to me by a friend from India, with whom I attended Winnie Mandela’s...
    ​Learning to trust curiosity over fear
    ​Learning to trust curiosity over fear
    Two days before, I had had lunch with my 77-year-old former English teacher. I try to see her every time I visit East London. Actually, she did not...
    ​What should journalists be writing?
    ​What should journalists be writing?
    It is tremendously difficult to write about the needs and the centrality of the spirit in our experience of being human — ­­for a newspaper. I imagine most readers come here to feed the hunger of their egos; to keep up with the latest indicators of human folly and achievement; to...
    Where and from whom do we come?
    Where and from whom do we come?
    An old lady was released last weekend. Her name was spoken in the house she built more than 100 years ago. Spoken by strangers and strangers’...
    The chores that made us
    The chores that made us
    Saturday. March 24, 2.30 am. Just came back from dinner with my friend Stephanie. We covered a lot of ground. Most importantly my theory about...
    Punishing rapists isn’t good enough
    Punishing rapists isn’t good enough
    I got a text from a male friend yesterday. “I apologise for the shit men out there, me included. All men are fucked and I’m disgusted at times...
    What is normal in a big, bad world?
    What is normal in a big, bad world?
    I’ve been working late. One night last week I came home from work at 3.15am. It’s the kind of thing that makes my mother worry. And what...
    We are not meant to be alone
    We are not meant to be alone
    I watched the most beautiful little person with her grandmother today. She must have been about two years old. Brown curls peeking out of an...
    What does blue-ticking mean for building trust?
    What does blue-ticking mean for building trust?
    At the outset of ubuntu is the agreement between two or more people that they see each other. Dumela for Basotho le ba Tswana is a cosmic contract...