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Mummy’s hung in for a long time
Mummy’s hung in for a long time
I must have wondered a few times why the word for an embalmed body, “mummy”, is the same as a term of maternal address but I haven’t ever...
No cinematic escape from Cape Flats life
No cinematic escape from Cape Flats life
Mrs Pakkies first heard the word “rape” on the radio, when she was 26 years old, even though she had been raped since she was a four-year-old...
‘We can, like my mother, be feminist and Zulu at the same time’
‘We can, like my mother, be feminist and Zulu at the same time’
When I was 14, I asked my mother if I could attend the umkhosiwo-mhlanga — the reed dance. Her answer was as emphatic as it was brief:...
Cosatu must introspect and fix itself, fast
Cosatu must introspect and fix itself, fast
Cosatu — the largest and until recently the most important labour federation in the country — is facing an existential crisis.
Of ciphers and little favours
Of ciphers and little favours
It’s often forgotten that apartheid and the Afrikaner nationalism that underpinned it weren’t quite as monolithic as they would appear when...
Use a novel way to understand the other
Use a novel way to understand the other
One of the many reasons I love fiction is it forces us to see the world from the perspective of others who are different from ourselves.
Good for mom, baby and boss
Good for mom, baby and boss
Every August we take time to celebrate women — yet despite women having equal rights, employers in South Africa still have a long way to go...
This is why ‘Catbook’ won’t work
This is why ‘Catbook’ won’t work
Last week the chief executive of The New York Times, Mark Thompson, urged Facebook to consider removing news from the site and...
When the penalty is death
When the penalty is death
Wednesday morning. There’s a group of five children, three boys and two girls, playing a game of football on the strip of sickly grass alongside...

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