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Vlog: Weekend 101 (4) for M&G

This week, on Weekend 101 for M&G take a look at the Fifa controversy, Jacob Zuma’s outburst at the opposition, and the bizarre story published about Trevor Noah. I am thinking of having a more regular vlog on my Youtube channel… In this narcissistic age of social media, talking to yourself in front of a camera is not weird at…

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Down with celebrity publishing, down

South African contemporary non fiction is my favourite genre of books. I read some great memoirs, warped accounts of history and even some really narcissistic authors. And while I celebrate and support local authors tremendously- I know the struggle, I am a South African writer- I believe that some people should not have been published. There. I said it. Lately,…

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Flying free in Jo’burg

The charm of Gauteng is not that it has it all. The charm of this province is that it makes you believe it can give you all. Often people complain about the lack of non mall related things to do in the day time in and around Johannesburg and I often shake my head. So I have made it my…

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Review: Best White

Book: Best White Author: Rebecca Davis Genre: Memoir Published by: Pan Macmillan There is this thing about writing memoirs: you either get it or you don’t. Rebecca Davis gets it. Maybe that has something to do with the fact that she studied at Oxford University and can make (seemingly drunken) musings about Goldilocks appear poetic. In her book Best White,…

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Review: To quote myself

Book: To quote myself Author: Khaya Dlanga Genre: Memoir Published by: Pan Macmillan If you are a South African and you are on twitter there is no way you would not know who Khaya Dlanga is. Actually, many people don’t really know who he is but that he is some famous person on twitter whose tweets get a billion retweets.…

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Travel: My trip to Oman

Muscat, Oman rarely features on many people’s travel bucket-list. Most people confuse Oman with Amman in Jordan. And when it comes to Middle East leisure holidays, the United Arab Emirates takes the cake. So cue the arched eyebrows when I announced that I will be travelling to Muscat, Oman. For me three things should intrigue me about a place before…

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Featured: Sunday Times review of Diary of a Guji Girl

Samoosas and Satire: Ayesha Kajee Reviews Diary of a Guji Girl by Qaanitah Hunter Diary of a Guji Girl, Hunter’s blog-turned-novel, has become something of a publishing phenomenon, with the blog having received over two million views and the novel selling 500 copies in its first week. Hunter, a political journalist, began the blog as a light-hearted, somewhat tongue-in-cheek collage…

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