‘Muuuuuummy! I can’t do my homewoooork!” chimed my daughter Saffiyya (9) as I opened the front door at around 6.30pm last Friday evening. Eskom had cut off power to my neighbourhood about 30 minutes earlier.
While a man was shot dead and another wounded in an apparent road rage attack in Joburg this morning, across town a prominent city gynaecologist was involved in an altercation with a taxi driver.
I haven’t watched TV in what seems like an age. Mainly because my children beg me to lie down with them in their beds before they fall asleep.
What do you do when you have a horizontal husband, two small children and a demanding job?
To be honest, I have no idea how to start this blog. I’m Nicki, by the way, the features editor at City Press and in this department, mercifully, I know what I’m doing. About motherhood? Not so much.
It may not have been the most auspicious week for Joburg Mayor Parks Tau to deliver his state of the city address.
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I’m busy working on Saturday’s babalaas when I get an SMS from a government spin doctor: “King Goodwill Zwelithini is going to talk about the xenophobia at KwaHlongwa near Maphumulo in a couple of hours’ time.”
It’s almost as if you need never ask about the origins of Africa; there never was a time when Africa was not here.
The rest of Africa is Simply, Better, Faster than South Africa, to borrow a phrase from Standard Bank, one of the big four banks that are minting it on our continent.