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Patriarchy still defines the place of working women

“WOMEN’S emancipation is not an act of charity but a precondition for the liberation of society,” said late Mozambican president, Samora Machel.

Sandile Memela is a civil servant

Root cause of violence against women ignored

I WAS asked if I would, again, celebrate Women’s Month and, later, participate in an anti-women abuse men’s national march, where exclusively male organisation Brothers For Life will pledge solidarity with the plight of women.


‘Ritual of death’ headline demeans circumcision

MY INITIAL response to “Ritual of Death” (DD, July 31) was happiness that finally someone had got to doing something different about unscrupulous people who besmirch the initiation tradition.


Rage can be a beautiful rhythm

WITH South Africa experiencing destructive service delivery protests in recent times, it was encouraging for me to witness one that had more song and dance than violence to it in Molteno this week.

The Chiel


Unblinkered and amazed AMUCH-NEEDED lighter aspect of our trip to Plettenberg Bay last week – the reason for which was to bid a final farewell to a bedridden old friend – was renewing the acquaintance of the owners of a self-catering, pet-friendly establishment we first discovered a couple of years ago.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela

Vavi’s ‘dark corners‘ rant all too revealing

OF ALL the confessions Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has made about his adulterous ways, a few stand out.

The Chiel

Social media in another age

IN THE time of the bucket and the pit, or the bush and the sand, the social media had already been invented.


Dead initiates failed by community and family

THE tragic deaths of initiates and unfortunate genital amputation of many others – as sad as they are – are a sign of collapsed community and family structures tasked with the responsibility of initiating boys into manhood.

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