I am a freelance writer who obtained my MA in Political Studies from Wits University, and interned as a news reporter at Sowetan and in newspaper production and social media at Mail&Guardian.
This e-zine was the culmination of documenting the Making a Feminist Internet: Africa conference.
"What do we recall about the first time we went online? What was the first thing we searched on the internet that we didn’t want our mothers to know? What information have we been unable to find due to limited content and connectivity, surveillance, censorship,exploitation and unequal representation? How can we use the internet if when trolls target our identities, political values and lived experiences?"
“We are dealing with two contagions — the virus itself and the emotions it generates. Negative emotions are every bit as contagious as the virus, and they’re also toxic."
The incoherence that COVID-19 has brought to daily life is overwhelming. It is scary. As we enter the 21-day national lockdown, the unsettling feelings creep in. Collectively, our minds race with questions:
What does this mean for me, my family and business? What will the future hold? How will we recover? When will it end?
Multidisciplinary artist and educator Prinita Thevarajah started Kapu as a meditation on the beauty and complexity of the Tamil language. Her glass works see the bends and curves of the Tamil alphabet taking on a new delicacy and softness.
The New York-based artist spoke to Kajal about glass-making, her creative process, and affordability.
Academic Digest: Burning, breaking and finding your way back to God: Examining the intimacies of care in a Verulam temple
This is a link to the radio interview I did at the end of 2019 about my MA research.
Reneilwe Marengwa, 39, wanted to be a paediatrician when she was in school, then, she wanted a career in science and chemistry, then a career in Java programming. When she finally found her groove in corporate sales at Momentum and Outsurance, she knew she still wanted to do one more thing – follow her innermost desire and start a restaurant. To that end, after a successful run as a client portfolio manager at Momentum, she established a food and beverage company called Lady on Life.
Zayaan Khan (34)
"I hold space for seed stories like a librarian does, working towards an actual library that holds seeds as well as stories, instruments, archival material, art, techniques, recipes and so on. Connecting seeds with stories is a means of connecting a disconnection we face within the city; even though we are surrounded by natural world beauty in the Cape, our knowledge has been severed through colonisation and the apartheid regime."
Thandiwe Mathibela (40)
If Thandiwe Mathibela ever lost her voice “it’d be a problem,” she says with a laugh. The 40-year-old brand public relations specialist at South African Tourism loves to talk and connect with people, and is this why she’s in the communications and media space, via the tourism industry.
Lerato Mannya (30)
When she saw a gap in the market for young black women in tourism, 30-year-old Ngoako Lerato Mannya decided to get involved. Through Motherland Connect, a tourism business cofounded by herself and Christopher Daniels, Mannya found a way to facilitate South African cultural immersion experiences, conferences, internships and volunteer experiences for a global audience.
Prof Rebecca Ackermann (50)
Openness might not completely eradicate prejudice, but it’s a damn good place to start.
‘Diversity leads to better science,” is part of Rebecca Ackermann’s ethos and approach to science. As a professor in the department of archaeology, and deputy dean of transformation in the faculty of science at the University of Cape Town (UCT), Ackermann has been instrumental in creating policies and spaces to eradicate the barriers that women — especially black women — face in...
Lise Korsten (60)
"Knowing that I am making a difference in people’s lives and that our research is solving problems and providing critical solutions to the agricultural and food industries is so rewarding."
For 60-year-old agricultural scientist Lise Korsten, the way pathogens move in and through our food is extremely fascinating. Korsten — whose research at the University of Pretoria involves monitoring food sources, among other things — is an expert in plant pathology and the ways in which f...
Leona Archary (49)
"Late last year I decided to exit government — I knew that one of the gaps that existed in the land and agriculture sector was a mechanism to bring together the public and private sectors," says Archary of her latest position.
Kings of Mulberry Street is more than a fluffy school holiday film – it’s a time capsule of the charou experience, writes Youlendree Appasamy.
“Moer him, ekse!”
With that line, Kings of Mulberry Street opens. Ticky, one of the kings in the title, utters the line while watching one of the Bollywood productions that the film offers the audience as snapshots of the cultural life of South Afr...