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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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Interview: Meet the Media with Eusebius Mckaiser

Well-known broadcaster, Eusebius Mckaiser, invited me to his show on Enca called Meet the Media to talk about faith and journalism which aired on Christmas Sunday. It was a fascinating discussion over whether faith has a place in journalism and how does one interact between the two. I spoke about why I believe faith and the manifestation of my faith…

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Review: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

You know that feeling where you laugh loud but you are actually crying? That is the feeling that plagued me when I read Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime. It was not an unusual feeling because that hollow deep lump in the throat feeling that characterised a lot of my childhood. That is what Trevor’s debut book evokes, or forces; to…

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Reverse bucket list

Some of my favourite travel writers have started a list called a ‘reverse bucket list’ of awesome and extraordinary things you have done but did not have on your bucket list. There were so many moments in my life where I did something and later said “why was that not on my bucket list?” This list is also some kind…

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Thought Council on PowerFM

Do you know I don’t know the names of any character in Simba besides… uhm Simba? Do you know I never watched cartoons as a child and so I don’t know how Alice in Wonderland ends? Yes I had an ordinary childhood, but while my friends watched cartoons, I acted like a radio presenter as I spoke in a hairbrush…

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The time I won an award

  ‘Award winning journalist’. That is something every journalist wants to add to their Twitter bio regardless of the type award won! We are all a bunch of narcissists, let me tell you. Since I began as a journalist as a snotty 17 year old in 2011, it has been a long goal of mine; to produce journalism worthy of…

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Interview: Tonight with Tim Modise

Veteran broadcaster Tim Modise invited me to his show Tonight with Tim Modise on SowetoTV to discuss some of the big stories I wrote. I have been on with Bra Time before and the discussion is always fun yet engaging. He was very interested in the story I wrote that weekend of our prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams going to the…

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Diary of a Guji Girl: It is time to move on

This month marks exactly two years since I completed the manuscript for my debut novel, Diary of a Guji Girl. A lot has happened since the “guji girl days” for me personally but more so for the world we live in. If I wrote about my character Amina now, her life would be a lot different than it was in…

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