Let the children decide


In her own words: Mam'Winnie as she was; not as I was taught about her

I have been rewatching the documentary about Mam'Winnie's life, WinnieI am still stunned about what happened to Mam’Winnie in the wake of the new South Africa, the Rainbow Nation. Moreover, I am even more aware of the power of propaganda which successfully hid Mam’Winnie’s voice and intellect from public discourse; even in the new South Africa. 

Lalela: Zimamele — a place for listening to yourself

Ndingangakhe ndisithele Kwimpazamo zonke Ndibe nemizuzu ndedwa ekuthandazeni
I didn’t know how to write about Lalela and my experience of visiting this place until I read a chapter from bell hook’s Belonging: a culture of place. My friend and her partner live on a farm in Magaliesburg. They named the farm Lalela and opened it up for friends to visit and experience life differently from city life. I have been here for almost three weeks and I came with the sole purpose of finding some peace and quiet. And I have experienced it in abundance.
In her chapter “Touching the earth” bell reflects on the relationship she has with the earth. I had read this essay when I first read the book but the essay reads differently now that I have experienced what bell writes about beyond the initial reading and understanding. Here are a few extracts from the essay which resonate with what I have experienced at Lalela as well as what has emerged in the conversations I’ve had with other people who have been a…