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All the knowledge we do not know yet

"Recovering ancient hidden knowledges, as long as we are responsible with them, is important considering how many ills there are in our society."

​Learning to trust curiosity over fear

"What a funny sight it would be to see power dynamics neutralised by something as ordinary as friendship".

What does blue-ticking mean for building trust?

How has our digital communication affected our relationship to the concept of seeing each other’s humanity?

The bitter pill of being just to a meanie

After an encounter on the plane Milisuthando Bongela concludes that: “When given the choice to be right or to be kind, always choose to be kind.”

For Winnie

Milisuthando Bongela attempts to put into words who it was that has died

Some histories to keep our interracial friendship honest

"It’s not that I wanted to be white. But I wanted them to accept and like me and I was all too happy to jump through the hoops."

If only we were taught that sex should be fun

How can we look at teaching boys and girls that sex is also a natural and delightful part of being a human being, asks Milisuthando Bongela.

When life gives you lemons, Beyoncé drops ‘Lemonade’

The singer’s 12-track album seems to have been informed by ‘Becky with good hair’ but judging from song titles she forgave her wandering Jay-Z.

Dining in Pollsmoor: The ethics of a prison restaurant

Pollsmoor prison restaurant serves the Cape Town public food. Milisuthando Bongela reflects on the ethics of running a prison restaurant.

This street style is ho-hum, not sharp-sharp

With his new book, photographer Ed Suter attempts to capture the essence of urban style, but it is a contrived package, writes Milisuthando Bongela.

Warm-hearted hospitality sets Ethiopia apart

Whether you are gawking at 800-year-old sunken churches or gyrating in hole-in-the-wall clubs, the country's main attraction is its beautiful people.

Controlling emotions is a fine heart

Having seen the beginning and the end of the love journey, the middle is an interesting but precarious place to be.

A deep desire to believe

Most of the things that people do religiously in a religious ­setting have little to do with their deep desire for something to believe in.

Racism still rules in adverts

The doctrine of racism, that a person's race determines his or her level of intellect or ability to do certain things, is a human construct.

Greedy Jozi must lighten up

I find it easier to place my trust in somebody who is not from Johannesburg.

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Zuma foundation claims ex-president was prepared to testify, but Zondo played politics

Zuma’s namesake organisation twists facts and the law – he told Zondo he would answer questions but only in private to the deputy chief justice

President urges caution against more contagious Covid variant as SA moves to level 1

The curfew is shorter, alcohol sale times almost normal and more people can meet at religious, social, political and cultural gatherings

Zulu land body challenges audit outcome

Ingonyama Trust Board chairperson Jerome Ngwenya has challenged the audit process in the face of a series of unfavourable ratings

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