Category Archives: South Africa

In search of ‘shame-covering’ garments

The review of Hélène Opperman Lewis’ Apartheid: Britain’s Bastard Child (image below) intrigues me especially as my research this year focuses on identity and its need for a narrative. Apart from this I am of course a South African from … Continue reading

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At the intersection

I have lived and worked within the East Mountain community for the past few years and am resharing a thought on this experience and some wisdom I gained along the way. It appears in the format used for EM’s weekly … Continue reading

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Fighting monsters and contracting horseshoe syndrome

Seeing the images of historical portraits, valuable paintings and other property being burned on UCT campus – as a reflection of so many other campuses and situations in our country – and reading some of the comments people make in … Continue reading

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Through the hole in the hedge

“Any thoughts?”, asked a friend on facebook. On whether we should, instead of worshipping some system or trusting it to heal our land, rather focus on “fortifying people from the problems created by the systems that direct their lives and … Continue reading

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Stellenbosch, Afrikaans and South African identity

These are one of those ‘one paragraph’ facebook posts which became a blog post as my thoughts developed while I wrote and am looking forward to hear your thoughts. What do these TEDtalk presentations (see links below) bring to the … Continue reading

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The power of a statue

Why on earth am I writing about a statue again? What is so powerful about a statue that it deserves my time? These are some of the thoughts bothering me this morning. Much of South African (and other) internet has … Continue reading

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Rape in an immoral culture

Yesterday was Black Friday or ‘Rape Awareness Day’ in South Africa. Why? Because most people are unaware of the fact that a (usually female) person gets raped every 4 minutes within the borders of our beautiful Rainbow Nation. Why have … Continue reading

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