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Keeping the faith
Keeping the faith
I work with words. Words allow me to give voice and character to the world around me. But words are shysters. They change and grow or shrink...
An ode to the matriarch
An ode to the matriarch
There is alchemy in the pot on the stove. Nutmeg, cinnamon and sugar with sweet pumpkin. The words “Something good is going to happen to you...
Slice of life: Making tea with love
Slice of life: Making tea with love
“Palesa! Make me tea.” The water in the kettle begins to boil as Palesa prepares to make Mkhulu his favourite tea. She slowly pours milk into...
The holidays: A queer time of year
The holidays: A queer time of year
"Are you a moffie? Do you sell your ass to men? Where does your money come from?”
Rural reflections: notes on time well-spent
Rural reflections: notes on time well-spent
I spent a recent holiday visiting my grandmother and my uncle, who live in a beautiful, quiet village called Tyeni on the banks of the Mbashe River...
Nuclear family in meltdown (but the kids will be okay)
Nuclear family in meltdown (but the kids will be okay)
Lesley and John Brown had been trying to conceive for nine years. The failures took their toll: Lesley became depressed, and at one point suggested...
Be a man: Use birth control
Be a man: Use birth control
One of the fundamental rules of sex is that it takes two to tango. Or more, if that's your particular flavour. Semantics aside, the notion behind a...
Invaluable lessons in life from my dear Uncle Lukas
Invaluable lessons in life from my dear Uncle Lukas
Each time I make contact with my uncle, Lukas Masilela, memories flood back of how he terrified me into the classroom, when yours truly attempted to...
Mzansi story of love, loss and forgetting
Mzansi story of love, loss and forgetting
Mndazi Betty MalulekaI watched my photographs curl and go black at the edges. They were writhing as if they could feel my...
Clay depicts hope, energy and growth
Clay depicts hope, energy and growth
“To be true to Adelaide Tambo, depicting not the political activist but the abundant person, the warm mother, the elegant woman who loved...
[Video]Phindi on dating, sex and being born with HIV
[Video]Phindi on dating, sex and being born with HIV
Youth delegate at the world Aids conference Phindile Sithole-Spong talks about reclaiming her sexuality after learning she was born with HIV.
Mother's vow to 'save one more teen'
Mother's vow to 'save one more teen'
Fikile Magubane was tired. It was 5am on a cold July morning and she had been up all night helping a woman in the community get help for her...

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