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Hope for thaw in KZN ANC cold war
Hope for thaw in KZN ANC cold war
Tuesday. It’s freezing — by Durban standards, at least. The temperature is in the low teens and climbing. I’m bouncing from foot to foot,...
Women, it’s okay to lust like men
Women, it’s okay to lust like men
When a friend invited me over breakfast to watch male strippers with her, a number of thoughts went through my head. The most important was: Do I...
The Lille city that could
The Lille city that could
As I write this, Cape Town has run out of mayors for a full nine days. It’s odd, yes, and also unprecedented — by all indications the first...
Parties need to dance to the coalition tune
Parties need to dance to the coalition tune
Is this a time of crisis or opportunity for South African opposition parties? Well, it depends.
Law demands creative rethinking
Law demands creative rethinking
Three events have prompted this column: the debate about the record of the judiciary under apartheid, which arose after the death of Judge Ramon...
Figureheads won’t help women
Figureheads won’t help women
I recently watched a programme on an SABC news channel about a woman who mixed paints for vehicles. She learnt the skill from her husband, who had...
Semenya and the ethics of luck
Semenya and the ethics of luck
I wish I was a little bit taller. I wish I was better at mathematics. I wish I could sing. I wish my body responded more effectively to exercise....
We can back SA’s golden girl by challenging our stereotypes
We can back SA’s golden girl by challenging our stereotypes
I remember well when Caster Semenya came home after her first gold win and the controversy it stirred over her sex. Among the many placards at the...
The family unit is in crisis
The family unit is in crisis
As I read about our country’s problems and reflect on proposed solutions to tackle free education, job shortages and the restoration of the land,...
May Day, it’s our very own day
May Day, it’s our very own day
Tuesday. May 1. May Day. Workers’ Day.
Thank you for vaping
Thank you for vaping
Of all vapers, devotees with large handsets interest me the most.
White women, black men: Same WhatsApp group
White women, black men: Same WhatsApp group
Despite the tempting simplicity of reductionist approaches to making sense of our world, many of us are beginning to grapple with the irreducible...
Spooky! It was the goofy lad
Spooky! It was the goofy lad
Everyone having apparently gone Stratcom-befok in the past few weeks, I find myself thinking back to those long-gone days when we toiled at this...
Motherhood be damned
Motherhood be damned
If the current tide of politics and discourse in South Africa does not turn soon, this year’s events concerning womanhood will be remembered for...

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