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A chance encounter with the Primrose Rugby Club

On a blustery day in September 2012 my wife and I were relaxing in our seats in the rear of a plane on the tarmac at Cape Town’s international airport on our way back to Australia, when a babble of excited voices filled the aircraft and a group of young boys, accompanied by some adults, made their way to where we were sitting. 1,004 more words


Paul Simon's Graceland: Of Cultural Appropriation and Guilty Pleasures

As I’ve been brainstorming about future blog post topics, one that keeps coming back to me is the old “guilty pleasures” cliché. We all have them, or at least we have songs or music we sincerely like, sometimes for no reason other than we like the sound of it, the way it makes us feel, or because it’s silly or funny. 1,101 more words


I am not my hair, I am not this skin.

When I wrote this, it was initially supposed to be an essay submission for a youth essay writing competition the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation was having on the topic of racism in South Africa. 1,983 more words

To be black in South Africa

by Veronica Boyi

I wear the color of my skin like armor. Like a knight caught in constant battle, I fight not only for my individualism, but for recognition as a human being every day. 538 more words


Book Review: Born A Crime

How do we end the cycle of violence?  Love.  Trevor Noah‘s memoir, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, is rich with humor, inspiration, wisdom and compassion.   2,164 more words

Domestic Violence

Book Review: Born a Crime

As a South African myself, this book hits very close to home. Although I grew up poor as well, I’m a white person, and I’ve always had that privilege. 379 more words

Book Review

June 19

1913: The Natives Land Act is given Royal Assent. Also called Act No. 27 of 1913, it was aimed at regulating the acquisition of land enacted by the Parliament of South Africa. 565 more words