True Youth Leadership (2016)

Copy of #TheSafeSpaceColumn published in the Times of Swaziland on the 18th of August 2016: Some young people in today’s Africa have the opportunities that our forefathers couldn’t even dream of! In today’s Africa, it is uncommon to see a young person commending huge audiences and leading some of the continent’s most prestigious institutions.  When […]

Africa Is So Much More (2016)

Copy of #TheSafeSpace Column published in the Times of Swaziland on the 27th of July 2016: Too often our African continent is represented in a one sided way that misleads the world.  It’s hardly surprising that this ‘miserable, outdated, violent, hungry and corrupt’ image of Africa continues to thrive since the platforms that promote it […]

Online Governance (2016)

Copy of #TheSafeSpace Column published in the Times Of Swaziland on the 20th of July 2016: Last year, I had a candid conversation with a 50 something year old gentleman during a meeting. Our discussion spanned many topics before eventually settling on technology and why the so called ‘old generation’ is generally not so keen […]

Rising above Foreign Aid (2016)

Copy of #TheSafeSpace column published in the Times of Swaziland on the 13th of July 2016: This week, Africa’s Heads of State and Governments converge in the city of Kigali for the 27th African Union (AU) Summit.  This gathering of the 54 AU Member States, follows a similar meet in January, is extremely important as […]

Freedom? Where? (2016)

Copy of #TheSafeSpace Column published in the Times of Swaziland on the 29th of June 2016: Freedom is such an abstract concept that one wonders if it can ever be deduced to a single concept that is understood across the world, in the thousands of languages that we engage in.  To put it simply, freedom […]

Pay It Forward (2016)

Copy of the #TheSafeSpace Column published in the Times Of Swaziland on the 22nd of June 2016: As cool and fascinating as it sounds for one to consider themselves as ‘self-made’, it is seldom true. I figure from a psychological perspective, people tend to find great satisfaction in attributing their entire accomplishments to their own […]

I am Terrified! (2016)

Copy of #TheSafeSpace Column published in the Times of Swaziland dated 15 June 2016: The state of today’s world makes me cringe and deeply terrifies me, not just for me personally but for my family and friends as well.  These days, terrorism and extremist behaviour is so commonplace that it is really anyone’s guess when, […]

Social Media Disclaimers (2016)

Copy of #TheSafeSpace Column published in the Times Of Swaziland on the 8th of June 2016: In this day and age, the use of social media for many can be likened to second nature. Unfortunately, the fact that posting status and tweeting comes with ease, a lot of individuals have been caught up in some […]

My African Dreams (2016)

Greetings once again to my fellow Africans and friends of this great continent.  My sincerest apologies for not sharing an article last Wednesday.  I took part in an eye-opening journey to West Africa and got so caught up in Africa’s marvel and beauty!  On the bright side, I got to experience Africa Day (commemorated every […]

Spirit of Volunteerism (2016)

Copy of the #TheSafeSpace Column published in the Times Of Swaziland on the 18th of May 2016: For many people on our beautiful continent that we call Africa, the act of volunteering is simply unacceptable. In a world that is unpredictable and money is often hard to come by, people would rather sit still than […]

Africa should support Africa (2016)

Africa as a whole is known for many things. Some are true, some are not and other things depend on who you speak to. From my own observations, there seems to be some sort of agreement that Africans generally don’t support each other. Although I am not aware of any scientific study that has accurately […]

Inclusive Society: Final Episode (2016)

Copy of #TheSafeSpace Column published in the Times Of Swaziland on the 27th of April 2016: Welcome and thank you for tuning into our final episode of Inclusive Society. Over the past four weeks we have placed the focus on a group that is often ignored, discriminated against and mercilessly judged; the transgender community in […]

Inclusive Society: Episode Three (2016)

Copy of my #TheSafeSpace Column published in the Times Of Swaziland on the 20th of April 2016: Previously on Inclusive Society: I teamed up with Swazi LGBTI NGO Rock of Hope to commemorate International Transgender Day of Visibility (31 March, annually). Through Lindokuhle, an advocate for the organisation, we looked at the relevant terminology (sex, […]

Inclusive Society: Episode Two (2016)

Copy of #TheSafeSpace Column published in the Times Of Swaziland on the 13th of April 2016: Last week, we brought the transgender community into focus as part of the International Transgender Day of Visibility commemoration. In an attempt to lay down the foundations for a society that is informed and supportive, we started with taking […]

Inclusive Society: Episode One (2016)

Copy of #TheSafeSpace Column published in the Times Of Swaziland on the 6th of April 2015: Six days ago on the 31st of March 2016, the world commemorated the International Transgender Day of Visibility. Due to a lack of holidays dedicated to the Transgender (Trans) community, this day seeks to celebrate transgender people and raise […]

Zuma – The Escape Artist from Nkandla (2016)

Two days ago, the South African Constitutional Court delivered its verdict on the case of President Jacob Zuma’s private residence, known as Nkandla. The president’s home has been a long standing issue in South African politics, after allegations were made that the president used state funds to construct structures that were disguised as ‘security upgrades’. […]

All These Presidential Cravings (2016)

Copy of my column published in the Times Of Swaziland on the 30th of March 2016: Addictions are all around us. We seem them in all shapes, forms and chocolate; turning an otherwise sensible human being into a desperado who is ‘outchea’ trying to satisfy his crave. In Africa, the addiction of Presidency is rampant […]

Sexism in Tennis (2016)

Copy of my #TheSafeSpace Column published in the Times Of Swaziland on the 23rd of March 2016: Tennis is a fantastic sport. The path to be the best in game is conquered through sheer stamina, endurance, perseverance and talent. I am hardly the biggest fan of the sport but I keep enough tabs on it […]

Lovers of Haters (2016)

Copy of #TheSafeSpace Column published in the Times Of Swaziland on the 16th of March 2016: For the young and upcoming professional of today, challenges in the pursuit of success seem to be at every corner. In effort to rise above these challenges and carve a rewarding path in their desired field, young people have […]

Mbeki versus HIV/AIDS (2016)

Copy of the #TheSafeSpace Column published in the Times Of Swaziland on 9 March 2016. Not so long ago, I was looking out of the window, staring at the skies and marvelling at the way birds go about their daily routines. After a couple of hours, I logged onto the internet and discovered that Former […]

Black Lives Matter (2016)

Copy of the #TheSafeSpace Column published in the Times Of Swaziland, 2 March 2016. Have you ever heard of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? What about Rosa Parks, Malcom X or Nelson Mandela? These individuals along with many others have each contributed in various ways to ensure that black people live in a world that […]

The Art of Buzzing (2010)

In honour of Throwback Thursday, here is a post from December 2010.  In this article, I looked at communication through missed calls: Whether you believe in religion or evolution, its safe to assume that one of the first attributes that we were blessed with was, communication. Since the beginning of time, we’ve had an innate ability […]

In Your Own Time (2016)

Copy of the #TheSafeSpace Column published in the  Times Of Swaziland on Wednesday the 17th of February 2016: In our modern world, one cannot even begin to detail all the pressure that acts on young people every single day. Young men are under immense pressure to be the big boss in a room, to be the […]

Chasing the High (2016)

Copy of #TheSafeSpace column published in the Times of Swaziland, 10 February  2016: There is really is no easy way to say this so let me just dish it out straight: Africa has a drug problem. This might come as a surprise to many but the reality is that our continent is increasingly becoming involved […]

Reckless Communication (2016)

Copy of #TheSafeSpace column published on Wednesday the 3rd of February 2016 in the Times Of Swaziland: The entertainment world is a dicey affair. Often the line between success and failure is a complicated mixture of talent, support, management and todays focus; communication. I love analysing the dynamics that make entertainment world spin. Through my […]

Education equals Opportunity (2016)

Copy of #TheSafeSpace column published in Times of Swaziland, 27 January 2015: If you are able to read this sentence, congratulations to you and the people who people who invested the time and resources into making sure that you have a basic grasp of the English language.  If you are able to read and understand […]

Africa vs the Mini-Skirt (2016)

If you live in Africa, then you are not a stranger to the war on mini-skirts. For over 50 years, this piece of clothing has been consistently thrown into the spotlight; as legislators have fought to see it banned. One of the most interesting aspects of this five decade standoff is how Africa’s rationale for […]

The Price of Free Speech (2016)

Copy of the #TheSafeSpace column published on the 13th of January 2016 in the Times Of Swaziland: It would be extremely rude of me if I did not start with wishing each one of you a Happy New Year!  Unfortunately, #TheSafeSpace was not available in last Wednesday’s edition of the Times but content was shared […]

The Race to End Racism (2016)

As we kick-start a new year, I was genuinely hoping to write on something more positive but sadly 2016 has started on a rather sombre note. Just a few days ago on New Year’s eve, a white South African Estate Agent wrote some unsavoury (to put it mildly) and down-right racist statements about black beach […]

Hello and Goodbye (2015)

Today, I started writing for the Times of Swaziland, a daily newspaper from errr.. Swaziland! My weekly column titled ‘#TheSafeSpace’ will run every Wednesday and I will share the content here for the benefit of our visitors from abroad.  This is today’s entry: I never thought I would be one of those people who arrives […]

Meaningless Constitutions (2015)

Before we begin let us define the word ‘dictionary’.  According to one Google search item, a dictionary is ‘a collection of words and their definitions’. Simple and straightforward. Now, let’s use a dictionary to define the word ‘constitution’.  Reading through the world renowned Cambridge Dictionary we are served with the following definition, ‘the set of […]

Meeting Africa (2015)

It’s an open secret that people fascinate me.  If we didn’t live in a world that promoted economic success to ensure survival, I would be happy to spend my days watching people get on with their lives.  I get extremely excited when I think about the contents of my “People Watching Kit”.  With all this […]

Dear African Child (2015)

Thank you for deciding to read this article Dear African Child, but allow me to begin with an apology.  I am deeply sorry that I decided to write in a foreign language, its just that you and your African siblings speak roughly 2000 languages, I wouldn’t even know which one to select.  I hope that […]

Thanks Alot Mark (2010)

Keeping up with the promise of posting previous work, here’s one more.  This was composed in 2010 and published as a Facebook Note. _________________________________________________________________________________________________ I am a lovable person. I am a simple man, always appreciating life’s little gifts and lessons. During my spare time, I enjoying playing chess and taking (topless) jogs on the […]