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To reckon with Winnie's ghost
To reckon with Winnie's ghost
It is only a few short months since Winnie Madikizela-Mandela died and South Africa and the world paid their last respects to her at that spectacular funeral. So Sisonke Msimang’s important and highly readable book, The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela (Jonathan Ball),...
Learning to commune with the dead
Learning to commune with the dead
“Papa, you know I don't know where Gogo is buried."
Ancestry: The ultimate selfie
Ancestry: The ultimate selfie
I have never felt compelled to investigate the history of my bloodline further than the generations just before my grandparents.
Get your child in the true spirit of Christmas
Get your child in the true spirit of Christmas
If we are being honest, the festive season brings out the worst in many of our children.
Us in the house of mirrors
Us in the house of mirrors
We have suffered from different stages of the same illness, my aunt and I — something akin to fatigue. I was 15, she was 50. We lived and hid...
By the grace of you
By the grace of you
Since meeting in high school 12 years ago, Puleng and I have seen each other through heartbreaks, loss, brokeness and pretty much every horrid and...
Slice of Life: Checking in with my ancestors
Slice of Life: Checking in with my ancestors
At home you are expected to say where you’re going, when you leave the house. You can’t just up and leave.
Ancestors and strong women steer Helen Sebidi's art
Ancestors and strong women steer Helen Sebidi's art
"Culturally, when you would be given a name, you’d be given the name of a hardworking person in the hopes that you would contribute to the society...
​The world delelas Africa at its own peril
​The world delelas Africa at its own peril
On Monday morning before leaving for work, I picked up my phone only to see unsolicited activity on it from Google Maps, telling me that traffic to...

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