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Zukiswa Wanner

Zukiswa Wanner

    Stories in mother tongues matter
    Stories in mother tongues matter
    Last week, American actor Michael B Jordan caused a furore when, in a Vanity Fair interview, he bemoaned the nonexistence of black...
    Campaign against breast cancer all year
    Campaign against breast cancer all year
    A year ago a good friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. Bongi is considered lucky. The company she works for provides medical insurance that...
    Our approach to drugs must change
    Our approach to drugs must change
    Years ago, when I was at university, I read a book, The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighbourhood. It documented a year in...
    Why jobs should never trump human dignity
    Why jobs should never trump human dignity
    Many many years ago when I was 12 years old in Zimbabwe, I had a good friend named Charlie who stayed in my neighbourhood. Charlie and I used to...
    ​A gender violence robot, seriously?
    ​A gender violence robot, seriously?
    On August 1, thousands of women took part in #TheTotalShutdown march to the Union Buildings. Despite having announced it weeks in advance, the ANC...
    People colour a journey of book stops
    People colour a journey of book stops
    Two years ago, my family and I decided to do a road trip from Nairobi to Johannesburg using public transport, most of which resulted in my latest...
    We claim Mbappé but is he one of us?
    We claim Mbappé but is he one of us?
    On the evening that France lifted the 2018 Fifa World Cup trophy, my friend Dee, a retired model and art curator, told me about a friend she made...
    There’s no sweetness in Kenya’s sugar
    There’s no sweetness in Kenya’s sugar
    On June 13, Kenya’s Cabinet secretary for the interior and co-ordination of national government told the country that sugar imported from Brazil...
    Best not to rely on fickle donors
    Best not to rely on fickle donors
    Some years ago, a few friends founded an arts organisation in Kenya to much fanfare. They talked a good game. Everyone believed they were going to...
    Heartbreak in Huhudi
    Heartbreak in Huhudi
    In our last full week as Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Study fellows, Niq Mhlongo and I decided to do something I have long advocated for:...
    I voted yes for land expropriation
    I voted yes for land expropriation
    In two weeks, I will be done with my four-month Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Studies Writing Fellowship, a partnership between the University of Johannesburg and the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore....
    Time to speak out about abusers
    Time to speak out about abusers
    I had an uncle. My cousins and I were warned not to go to his home because he was a known rapist. But he never spent a day in prison. It was common...