Celebrating Nelson Mandela

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela. Upon his release, he addressed a massive crowd at the Grand Parade from the City Hall in Cape Town.  I wasn’t old enough to understand or remember the gravity of the moment. Recently  I’ve been very busy at work. But, I still felt I…

The best International Women’s Day playlist part 2

Given that Women’s Month is almost over I figured I should share this second playlist which celebrates women. I couldn’t add it all in the first list and this one is a bit all over the place. Different genres are represented in this one. I was almost not going to post this then I watched…

Unpacking the not so glamorous politics of Crazy Rich Asians

Spoiler Alert Please don’t read this post if you haven’t seen the film and hate spoilers. I will be unpacking the film by looking at the politics behind the story-line. I found the film laugh out loud funny and felt inspired to write this post.  It’s a romantic comedy about a “poor” (she’s a economics…

What is reconciliation day?

The day of reconciliation widely known as reconciliation is a national public holiday in South Africa. Reconciliation day seeks to promote racial unity, reconciliation and a sense of togetherness amongst all South Africans. It was created to help build a collective national identity after South Africa’s first democratic elections which took place in 1994. In…

16 Days of Activism without a national plan to stop gender based violence

Trigger warning: This post discusses violence against women and children. Please don’t continue reading if you will be emotionally disturbed by this article.    Yesterday was the first day of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign which seeks to create awareness and stop violence against women and children. 16 Days of activism for non violence…

The gentrification of the Bo-Kaap

For those of you that haven’t read my previous post on the Bo-Kaap it’s a colourful community in Cape Town. The homes in the area are brightly painted. Many of the original residents are descendants of slaves. The Bo-Kaap was officially a slave community. Because of the bright and beautiful homes the Bo-kaap is a…