What’s in a name

I bought Land of my Ancestors by Botlhale Tema because it is literally about the land of my ancestors. She writes a dramatised history of the ownership of the Welgeval farm in the North West from the 19th century. I grew up roughly twenty kilometres from Welgeval, and my sister currently resides in Welgeval. So…

My SA fiction reading list for the summer

The count down is on! Three months to December. Which also means down time for the most of us. But let’s be honest, the lazy beach days with the book in hand is a stuff of fiction. We’ll most likely get the most of our nose-in-book time during travel or transit to our holiday destinations….

Manchester Happened

Let me do this without the usual baloney of mainstream book reviews. Manchester Happened is a collection of short stories of African immigrants in the UK. The book is split into two parts; the first is Departing, and it is about the experiences abroad. The second part is Returning and it is about the experiences…

Main Street Life

I always dread coming to Maboneng. Ok, honestly I dread coming to the markets in the CBD. Parking is a nightmare. But tonight luck was on my side parking-wise, but my friend was super late. So night market alone. Oh yeah! I do feel like a housewife on her grocery day out the housešŸ˜¬. I…

Ethopian jewel in Norwood

Originally posted on The Joburger:
Perfectly named, Queen Sheba, is a haven of authentic Ethiopian cuisine, best enjoyed with company.Ā  I experienced a surprise treat of this amazing place once more and I’m more impressed than before. I think the condition of our plate says it all. Possibly the best meal I’ve had this year.…

Paranoia or Necessary Precaution

I love my country, and I love my city. They both have ways to surprise and there are always new things to be explored. South Africa, and mostly Cape Town regularly make it on the list of top destinations to visit. Granted the lists are many and very subjective. However, side by side with beauty,…

Getting around Cape Town on a shoestring budget

Most of us are constantly looking for ways to save when travelling. I was scrolling my Twitter feeds when I clicked on one such article. It listed a few basic things, like looking at alternative accommodation instead of hotels, eating self-prepared meals, buying tickets on sale, and certain websites for bookings. Two things challenged me…

Mosi-oa-Tunya (The smoke that thunders) – Victoria Falls

Following the Chobe river, a mightier Zambezi river converges with it and the two feed the world’s second biggest waterfall. It is better than the Niagara Falls. There, I said it. Mosi-oa-Thunya is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. I think every South African, Mosotho, Motswana, and Swati must make a point…

Rebel with(out) a cause

I’m usually a stickler for rules. The last proper argument I’ve had with my best friend wasĀ over what I called selfish idiots watering their gardens during the restricted usage times. I told her I was looking to report them because we are in a drought you see; she flipped on me. I am a law-abiding…

Chobe River

January is in full swing. I’m already feeling like I’ve been at work for five weeks not five days. And I started this draft last weekend and thought I’d finish it during the week but alas another weekend.Ā  So here goes. More on Africa this year. Exploring my neighbouring countries. First on the list, Botswana….

Hello 2016!

I just got back from Cape Town, after doing Botswana Victoria Falls for New Year’s, and Christmas with family as usual. Getting back the current affairs have just about almost taken over, so before I get too engrossed in news; racial monkey business, panty-preneurs, China, the Rand, Hillary’s emails (again); I just have to say…