friendships

 
Madala and Mabi: It’s a thing that spans half a century
Madala and Mabi: It’s a thing that spans half a century
In 1965, Malombo were the toast of the black world and they knew it. A teenage guitarist, with hardly a guitar to his name at that stage, knew it...
​Learning to trust curiosity over fear
​Learning to trust curiosity over fear
Two days before, I had had lunch with my 77-year-old former English teacher. I try to see her every time I visit East London. Actually, she did not...
What does blue-ticking mean for building trust?
What does blue-ticking mean for building trust?
At the outset of ubuntu is the agreement between two or more people that they see each other. Dumela for Basotho le ba Tswana is a cosmic contract...
Slice of Life: Brotherhood’s indelible bonds
Slice of Life: Brotherhood’s indelible bonds
It’s one of those things that started as a joke, but then we talked about it so much that it became serious.
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...
Matric Rage
Matric Rage
On the day we wrote our last exam,
I just wanted to hear your voice
I just wanted to hear your voice
African-American poet Nayyirah Waheed writes: “a friend. is someone who supports your breath.”
Age ain’t nothing but a possibility
Age ain’t nothing but a possibility
On some level I have the spirit of a much older woman in me.
This is the end
This is the end
It takes a rare and rational human to take actual comfort in being told “time heals all wounds”, that “you’ll get over it eventually” and...
The intimacies we often forget to politicise
The intimacies we often forget to politicise
Whenever we would sit on her wide veranda — which looked out on to William Road, drinking tea or wine, an incense stick burning in her living...
When I cry, you cry. We cry together
When I cry, you cry. We cry together
All my best friendships I can recall have always been marked by tears. And that is not a bad thing.

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