Category Archives: Lessons learnt

2016 Oct. 20: Time wasted is never regained

  “Sheshisa isikhathi siya hamba” those words were spoken by our parents when we were preparing to go to school. Those words never mattered to us when we were young because we didn’t know what was at stake. We took … Continue reading

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2016 Aug. 9: Look back and go forward

by Mbali Zulu Look back and go forward. Looking at the picture of the group I am forced to look back and go forward. What is it that I am looking back at? What is it that I am going … Continue reading

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2015 March 4: Four nights before International Women’s Day

What:  ZaVa series in progress. Where: Belleville, Paris     Previous link 2014 Nov. 11: The Artivist and the Doctor

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2015 Jan. 3: I dropped out of the closet many times

“It is a story about my coming out, its more significant than any part of my life history” Being who I am should not compromise who you are. The road to coming out was not easy. I was born in … Continue reading

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2014 Dec. 24: If things were going my way

Lebo Leptie Phume & Zanele Muholi interviewed some special friends about their Christmas wishes. I grew up celebrating Christmas because that’s what everyone was doing and it’s not like I had a choice not to celebrate it. Even though I … Continue reading

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2014 Dec. 13: Faces and Phases invokes memories

Book Review by Kopano Sibeko “I used to be lesbian, but now my final words are on a tombstone, because he showed me the power of a man. I could never love that, so I killed myself because I knew … Continue reading

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2014 Dec. 1: “I lost my mom, she died in my hands”

My name is Sifiso Leornard Nkosi known as Candice. I was born on the 9th May 1987 in Tsakane, Eastrand, Johannesburg. I was raised by my grandmother, and my mother. My grandmother played an important part in my life. The … Continue reading

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