JustLearn.me is a brand new online platform founded by Uviwe Faku, a young black entrepreneur who is also an accounting student at the University of Cape Town. This initiative, a first of its kind in South Africa, allows students and tutors to interact with one another from the comfort and safety of their own homes or any other preferred environments. Continue reading
While we stand before each other as strangers, we are discreetly connected by common human experiences and collectively relate to that which we have seen and felt as individuals. Our estranged relationship becomes apparent when we reveal pieces of our lives in the form of stories; the tales shared around fireplaces, within the walls of boarding school dormitories, between commuters in taxis and buses or even during drunken moments at a bar. In these times of connectedness the barriers housing our solitude fall away, granting us the rare opportunity to recognise each other a little more. Continue reading
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was my first experience of the much talked about novelist’s writing. Continue reading
Eyebags and Dimples by Bonnie Mbuli, a well renowned South African entertainer, took me by surprise upon its release in 2012. I knew of Bonnie the actress, model and presenter; I was not familiar with Bonnie the writer. It was this unfamiliarity that sparked my interest in the autobiography. I finally entertained this curiosity after a good friend of mine recently passed his copy of the book down to me. Continue reading
Fresh talent, an electrifying atmosphere and great music, were the expectations I had for my first experience of Youth Unplugged – a six week long annual initiative aimed at empowering South Africa’s young aspiring musicians. I attended the finale that took place on June 28;not only were my expectations met, but I was also left inspired as I witnessed my peers manifest their dreams. Continue reading
The recent tragic shooting that took place at the Charleston Church in South Carolina, USA, made me reflect on a tragic incident that took place in my own country. I looked at this white boy that had taken the lives of those nine innocent black people and thought: Black South Africans that support attacks on black immigrants are no different from this gunman.
The two incidents are not related, but I felt it necessary to take you through the short thought process that led to me writing this piece.