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.
Early in Five Tiger, a short film from South Africa, the audience is confronted with a striking visual: a woman in a car passenger seat accepts a folded R50 (about US$3.50) note (colloquially known as a “five tiger”) from a man in the driver seat. The transaction is almost wordless, but the viewer feels the resigned movements of the film’s lead, played tenderly by Ayanda Seoka.
This post forms part of the work by our 2020-2021 class of AIAC Fellows. Funded by Shuttleworth Foundation, our fellows produce original work. They represent a diversity of regions, backgrounds and are each exploring exciting ideas related to politics, culture, sports or social movements. Siddhartha Mitter is our mentorship coordinator. Our mentors are Aida Alami, Benoît Challand, Grieve Chelwa, Sean Jacobs, Marissa Moorman, Sisonke Msimang, and Bhakti Shringarpure. Caitlin Chandler prepares ...
On the 160th anniversary of the arrival of South Asian indentured labourers to South Africa, artist Kate’Lyn Chetty opened her Masters exhibition, A Place Away, at the University of Johannesburg. In the body of work, she reflects on family history, land, nostalgia and, of course, indenture histories. Kate’Lyn and I are both members of the Kutti Collective, and thought it’d be nice to chat about her work, artistic process and Frozen 2.
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.