Archive for the ‘What’s poppin’ eKasi’ Category

National Apology Day

24 August 2015 | 13 Comments

I was at my old high school the other day, speaking to the Grade twelve learners there and trying to inspire them. I asked them to tell me about what they think are some of the most valuable lessons that the young people of our generation can learn. As an answer to my question I […]


Independent women

18 August 2015 | 15 Comments

When I was growing up in the Eastern Cape I was never surprised to see my mother working in the garden every morning, lifting heavy rocks, trimming trees, ploughing the soil and watering the vegetables. Later on in the day, she’d sit at her sewing machine and start doing what she was she was known […]


Pay back the money?

04 August 2015 | 26 Comments

First of all, let me take the time to say: welcome to South African politics! Welcome to the land where our president has been accused of so many different things, on so many occasions, that he probably gets angry if he wakes up in the morning and his name isn’t mentioned in the news somehow. […]


Out with the old, in with the new!

27 July 2015 | 10 Comments

The one thing that the older people in my family and community seem to agree about the most is that this new South Africa we live in has changed the way some of our oldest traditions are practised. They say that the way amaKrwala (newly initiated men) act and dress is different to the way […]


I’m talking about cologne, shoes and watches, baby!

20 July 2015 | 10 Comments

For as long as I can remember, watches have meant something in my neighbourhood and even in my family. They’ve been a symbol of money and power – a statement. As a kid growing up in the informal settlements of Philippi, I became excited whenever my brother said that he’d bring me new toys to […]