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Smoke and mirrors: part seven

I once read a novel I borrowed from the library back home when I was in grade 10 about a girl who was stalked by the post man in their area. He would lurk around and just stare at from a distance until one day, no one was around and he managed to abduct her and keep her hostage. The…

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Smoke and Mirrors: Part six

The need for change creeps on you in the most unexpected ways. Before my coffee date with Nabeela and her friends, I had no intention to turn my relatively stable life on its head. Yes, I had a dream to live a big adventure through my blog but I never envisaged it to be this soon. It almost feels a…

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Smoke and Mirrors: Part five

Never under estimate the power of a good attitude. That is one quote that used to drive me insane! A good attitude can’t fix your problems, if anything, it can only make your problems a little more bearable. Imagine telling a starving man “have a good attitude and things will get sorted out”! Unless there is a type of food…

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Smoke and mirrors: Part four

The best news I had all damn week! A PR agency reached out to me! Cheetah Coms emailed me to say they’ve been following my work and would love to set up a meeting with me! Yaaaassss! Progress. Damn Progress! Apparently when a PR company reaches out to you, you know you doing something right. Ron told me that PR…

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Smoke and mirrors: part three

My eyeballs feel like it’s been poked by hundred nails. I am so sleep deprived that I don’t know how I am going to manage the day. I don’t have any coffee at home but I hope to get in early enough at work for a strong brew. They only make one pot of coffee a day and once its…

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Smoke and mirrors: part two

Imran laid a bombshell at my door: he had been cheating on me for as long as we were together. It turned out, he was dating a Hindu girl since high school and was blindly in love since. Ever since they started dating, both their parents were dead set against the relationship. She was a year older than him and…

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Fiction: Smoke and mirrors (Part 1)

There are two main things you need to become a successful blogger or influencer or content creator- whatever they call themselves- in South Africa: good looks and money to buy fancy clothes. I am, let’s say, above average and skinny. I have been told my grey eyes and light freckles is what sets me apart. When I compare myself to…

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The time we scooped second prize in the Taco Kuiper award

The Taco Kuiper awards is largely seen as South Africa’s Pulitzer and a prestigious investigative journalism award that every journalist worth their salt wants to have under their belt. The award is annual and seeks to celebrate and award fierce and ground breaking investigative journalism. Sunday Times editors decided to nominate me and my colleagues Thandoxolo Jika and Sabelo Skiti for…

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Minara Aziz Hassim Literary Award: debut writer

  The Minara Chamber of Commerce recently held their Aziz Hassim Literary Award evening where they celebrated and awarded outstanding South African authors. I was honoured to have been given the debut writer award for my debut novel Diary of a Guji Girl. I was unable to attend the award evening in Durban but sent my sister instead. I am…

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