Xhosa

 
Our land of empty promises
Our land of empty promises
by Anne Mager and Phiko Jeffrey Velelo (UCT Press, Juta and Co )
'Why I decided to call my brand MaXhosa'
'Why I decided to call my brand MaXhosa'
From the time he was a boy, international knitwear designer Laduma Ngxokolo — whose brand MaXhosa by Laduma has wowed global runways —...
Stop calling us ‘coloured’ and denying us our diverse African identities
Stop calling us ‘coloured’ and denying us our diverse African identities
A colonial and apartheid past of policies and laws based on ‘define and rule’ is expressing itself in the current...
The limits of coloured nationalism
The limits of coloured nationalism
Siqalo is a mostly Xhosa informal settlement in Mitchells Plain, the largest coloured township in Cape Town. Some Siqalo squatters are coloured,...
Coloured civic ‘bloc’ set to contest poll
Coloured civic ‘bloc’ set to contest poll
Historical repression and a lack of service delivery have been cited by some political movements as being responsible for an upsurge in coloured...
Justice failed, says initiates’ father
Justice failed, says initiates’ father
As many Xhosa parents do, Nelisile Nongqa sent his sons to initiation school in the belief that “every Xhosa boy should go through this ritual”...
Queer – and proud to be Xhosa
Queer – and proud to be Xhosa
Lubabalo Mabona* remembers the night vividly.
Exposing a culture’s wounds
Exposing a culture’s wounds
More than being just an expository foray into a culture’s sacred rites and rituals, award-winning South African film Inxeba — The...
​Inxeba: A moment of confrontation
​Inxeba: A moment of confrontation
South Africa has a long history of confrontation, from our struggle against apartheid to the recent fight for free and decolonised education. We...
​Actor Nakhane Touré fends off hate speech over controversial new film
​Actor Nakhane Touré fends off hate speech over controversial new film
For someone who has been on the receiving end of hate speech, Nakhane Touré is looking decidedly relaxed. It could be the familiarity of the coffee...
Tony Gum: ​A rapid-fire blast into art world
Tony Gum: ​A rapid-fire blast into art world
Cape Town-based visual artist, film student and Instagram enigma Tony Gum has been in the South African consciousness for some time, both as...
Xhosa chic stands tall
Xhosa chic stands tall
Much like beadwork, knitted patterns act as adornments. Though they don't carry a spiritual message of their own, designer Laduma Ngxokolo's intricate geometric designs serve as a reminder of his Xhosa heritage. And for the first time this past month, Ngxokolo's designs...

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