My Mother Was Dead

My mother lay on her back on her kitchen floor. Her eyes were closed. Her mouth was almost open, as if she had been...

Cashless Society

(written on 1 August 2006, upon the slashing of six zeroes from Zimbabwe’s bearer cheque currency) Smoking halos of zeroes Ascend from the torched pile of...

Tea Break

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A Walking Tour of Oxford

For the entire six years of my high school education, I thought I wanted to be an architect. I have always been fascinated by buildings,...

Editorial: Life Irritates Art

I like to consider myself a creative person. On any given day, I could be writing, playing music or taking photographs. Freedom is a rare...
Crusaders

Christian Fanaticism in the Age of the Wristband

As the Bible tells it, Jesus and his disciples went up to a village in Samaria to preach. Jesus sent messengers ahead of him,...

The Skirt

It was a Saturday in April, 2010. I put on an old skirt. White with pink flowers and silver sequins on the border. When I...

Creativity and the African Child

Years ago, probably in 1998 at the now defunct Southern Africa Film and TV Market (Sithengi), the Ethiopian filmmaker, Haile Gerima, spoke of how...

Take It On The Gin

Gin. How many other words can you say legibly when your lips are comatose caterpillars? But this is about drinking, not drunks - the...
Tormented Soul

In Search of a Tormented Soul

When I walk through the gates, I expect the armed policeman stationed in the guard box to stop me, or the plain-clothed guy in...
Apartheid Museum

The Booze, The Bread and The Chinese Buffet

South Africa. The Rainbow Nation. Like many other places, -isms rear their hydra-like heads as frequently as politicians misspeak, but racism features most prominently...

The Unbearable Whiteness of Sea Point’s Curtains

Live in that part of Sea Point nestled in the grand old lady’s cleavage that crinkles between Main and Beach roads and you live...
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Experiences: And One Time in Botswana

Bull and Bush Pub was packed to overflowing with a mix of expats and their local partners, rich multi-cultural Uni Kids with their friends,...
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Honouring Zimbabwe’s Freedom Fighters

History is uncool in Zimbabwe. Not giving a toss about the liberation struggle or the legacy of fallen freedom fighters is a badge of...

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