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Featured: SAfm literature

After a successful launch of my book Diary of a Guji Girl, I was invited by the great Nancy from SAfm literature to chat to her on her show about my book. The conversation was quite fascinating and it helped me understand how main stream critics like Nancy understood the book. You can take a listen here: Interview with Qaanitah…

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Vlog: Weekend 101 for M&G

Mail & Guardian has a weekly online feature which sums up the weeks top stories in a not-a-news-bulletin way. I have recently joined the online team and costarred in my first vlog. It was actually quite great and nothing like pretentious television reporting.

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Musings on being published

When people ask me how does it feel to be an author I shrug and give a wry smile. Not an arrogant wry smile but more like I really don’t know how I should be feeling kind of smile. Its a lot like when people ask you on your birthday how does it feel to be *insert-specific-age*. There is no…

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Living small: My dream space

Living small. That is the future of sustainable living according to the guys involved in building the Life Pod. In just 17 sqm Pod-Indawo has created a living space which has a fully kitted kitchen, a bathroom, bedroom and task area. The idea of living functionally in a small space was conceptualised by architect Clara da Cruz Almeida who designed 2.4…

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TRAVEL: Tehran

While travelling the world is a deep-rooted dream of mine, I would much prefer to travel to culturally rich cities than ones flogged with consumerism and desperate tourism. That is why I thoroughly enjoyed a trip to Tehran earlier this year which was an incredible mix between politics, culture and touring. We flew To Tehran via Turkey and on arrival…

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REVIEWS: What I have been reading lately

  – Reporting from the frontline: untold stories of Marikana by Gia Nicolaides: I usually enjoy reading books which capture what went on behind the scenes- the story behind the story. That is why I was particularly keen to pick up EWN report Gia Nicolaides book on her experiences reporting on the Marikana Massacre. There has been numerous books unpacking…

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Head space: The Irene Dairy Farm

A dairy farm is not usually the first place that comes to mind when I think of a relaxed Saturday afternoon. That is until I visited the Irene Dairy Farm in Irene- Pretoria. Read on, it’s not that far! (It is situated just five minutes from Centurion.) More than anything, the farm is an incredible place to think, relax and…

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The Nkandla report: My coverage

On March 19 The Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released the much awaited Nkandla report. I covered the release for the report as well as the reaction it recieved. Madonsela effectively found that Zuma violated the Executive Ethics Code and that he and his family benefitted from non security related upgrades to his homestead. Long story short; it cost you and…

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Coffee hoppin’ in Braam

I love coffee. Like seriously love coffee. I will opt for a cuppa freshly roasted somethings over dinner if I have too. But I hate coffee in a stiff pretentious environment. Also, I have no qualms with going on coffee dates by my self. It gives me time to connect with my cuppa. Okay, I sound like an addict. But,…

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