WHEN SIN FESTERS, SOCIETY SUFFERS

“We need to do something!” seems to be the general cry in the face of all the turmoil ravaging our country in the last few weeks. But what happens when the femicide, the xenophobia, the kidnappings and the acts of violence stop making news headlines? It doesn’t mean they are not still taking place. It…

Heritage: The foundations of identity

What is your heritage? When someone asks you this on the upcoming Heritage Day, what will you say? Will you use labels to define your heritage, labels that refer to race, culture, ancestry? Our heritage is more than just where we come from.  It also helps us define who we are, to understand our own…

Reflections on the life of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

In the beginning of this month, I was called to the bedside of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and I had the privilege to be with her when she passed away. Much of my time this month was spent with Winnie’s family, offering emotional support, doing press interviews and being involved with the funeral arrangements.  But now that…