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Dear South Africa… a letter from Terence Mentor

Dear South Africa,  Increase empathy. Kind regards, Terence P.S. Sorry, I’ve just realised that you may not know what I mean. Here’s the deal - it really shouldn’t need an explanation or a justification. I shouldn’t have to show you why we need to be open to the idea that other people are complete and complex human beings who don’t deserve to be undermined, insulted, embarrassed, made to feel unsafe or treated as a sub-category [...]

Dear South Africa… a letter from Dalene Reyburn

Dear South Africa... Charles Dickens starts A Tale of Two Cities with this: ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had [...]

H&M: some thoughts on the boy in the hoodie

This is a post for all those of you who have seen the original H & M advert of the little black boy wearing the hoodie with the slogan 'Coolest Monkey in the Jungle' on it. He was pictured next to a white boy who had the slogan 'Survival Expert' on his hoodie. Because it seems like this is still being discussed, and because a whole lot of white people seem not to understand why [...]

Dear South Africa… a letter from Ntobeko Mzoli

Dear South Africa, I would have liked to have more of an upbeat and hopeful letter to you but the reality, the real reality, is that we’re a country of deep division and intense trauma. We are a people who do not know each other, once the babalas of the rainbow nation faded away we were left to face the decisions that were made the night before. We had to look into each other’s faces [...]

Word/Phrase for the year 2018

Every year i try to have a word or phrase to focus on and give me some direction and purpose for the year ahead. Last year's word was Interdependence, the idea of things and people being connected to move forward well rather than independence which focuses on going it alone and trying to get ahead. At the start of 2018 my wife tbV [the beautiful Val] and i went to a restuarant in Muizenberg overlooking [...]

By | 2018-01-12T06:34:59+00:00 January 12th, 2018|inspire-ations|0 Comments

Americanah – a book review of sorts

i really loved Americanah - let's just get that out the way - best novel i have read in a long, long time. Also it was written by a black African woman and so ticks a whole lot of the boxes of the majority of books i am trying to read these days - different gender, different colour, different country... tick, tick, tick. Before i got started with the book, i came into contact with [...]

By | 2018-01-11T16:26:47+00:00 January 11th, 2018|inspire-ations, thorts of other people, what i am reading|7 Comments

A Frikkin Hashtag: #ADayWeShouldCelebrate

What days do you think we should celebrate that we don't? Well one of them was the day we got the big cheese himself, Jeff Dwoskin aka @bigmacher , who runs the Hashtag Roundup app with his wife Robyn, to come and co-host a frikkin hashtag game... [The Story So Far: Every Wednesday at 12 noon South African time [6 am EDT] an inspired and growing number of brilliant, creative and absolutely fun people from all around the world take [...]

By | 2018-01-10T10:27:07+00:00 January 10th, 2018|AFrikkinHashtag, games & Stuff, Hashtag Game, silly things|0 Comments

Dear South Africa… ‘n brief van Jana Niehaus

Liewe Afrikanermense in Suid-Afrika, Ek het nou onlangs terug gedink aan ons laerskoolklas wat elke Vrydag na tweede pouse vir twee periodes (met ander woorde ’n volle uur lank) sangklas gehad het. Gegewe die spesifieke uitdagings hieraan verbonde, kan ‘n mens dus nie ons musiekonderwyseres kwalik neem dat sy dikwels gekies het om ons na stories op langspeelplate te laat luister in plaas daarvan om ons aan die sing te probeer kry nie… Die enigste [...]

They called me Scuba Steve…

So the Protea cricket team took on the Indians at Newlands in Cape Town this week - first of three tests. And we won convincingly, so that was fun. DRESSUP FOR NEWLANDS It has become a tradition for tbV and me with my friend MJ and whoever else might be with us [looking at you, American former housemates!] to pick a theme and go to the cricket dressed appropriately. So last time was Star Wars: [...]

By | 2018-01-09T08:49:38+00:00 January 9th, 2018|adventures, fun, inspire-ations, silly things, South Africa|0 Comments

Dear South Africa… a letter from Thandi Refilwe-Rose Nkomo

Dear South Africa, LOVE BLACK PEOPLE It only dawned on me recently, how we need this. Desperately need this. I cannot speak for all Black people, I cannot even speak for the majority of Black people, but I can speak for Black people like me. Love us. It has been alleged that the idea was ‘stolen’ from someone else, so I will not state where I saw it, but the premise was that people from [...]