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​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...
Punishing rapists isn’t good enough
Punishing rapists isn’t good enough
I got a text from a male friend yesterday. “I apologise for the shit men out there, me included. All men are fucked and I’m disgusted at times...
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...
The bitter pill of being just to a meanie
The bitter pill of being just to a meanie
I knew I wasn’t over it when a tear cascaded out of my right eye in the depth of the night as we flew over the Algerian mountains towards home....
Recalibrating our responses
Recalibrating our responses
When an experienced and respected writer sent me a story she was submitting to the Mail & Guardian, with a note for me to please credit a...
Building bridges over taken land
Building bridges over taken land
Once upon a Tuesday morning in Johannesburg (the best time to squeeze joy out of the rock that is the gym), I went swimming at my local Virgin...
The strange places we misplace power
The strange places we misplace power
Ukuhamba kukubona. Travelling is seeing, they say in my language. My friend X and I took a day trip on Sunday morning, to a small town in the Free...
Feelings don’t get the respect they deserve
Feelings don’t get the respect they deserve
Hitting children is okay. Writing a Facebook status about how ugly someone’s wedding dress is is an acceptable way to be. Judging and reprimanding a person for wearing fake designer clothing is fine. This is how we are. At least judging by my Facebook and Twitter feed in the past...
How do we live hopefully in a difficult world?
How do we live hopefully in a difficult world?
Lately, the word “process’’ has been perched on almost every one of my thoughts about questions large and small. At the base of my mind, like...
The politics of iintw’ezimnandi
The politics of iintw’ezimnandi
My relationship to food is, as I have discovered recently, inextricably linked to the culture of my formative years and the psychological patterns...

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