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On Leadership

One who has never seen the sun would be blinded by the moon.These words came to my mind when I was accused of having leadership abilities. I don’t know if it’s a proverb or if I came across it in some book sometime, because it doesn’t sound like...

On Resting By Oneself

The idea that is bad to rest by oneself betrays a misunderstanding of the different kinds of rest. There is more to rest than play, or the passive consumption of entertaining content. There is a kind of rest that entails fulfilling the moral obligation to develop...

Why The Arts Cannot Be Taught In An Academic Setting

¬† I was in second year of university when I picked up an elective on screenwriting. I quickly realized that I wasn’t learning anything useful or practical. I didn’t continue with it in the second semester, but opted rather to sign up for a course with the...

On Umemulo

I’ve been thinking a bit about the wonderful Zulu custom of “Umemulo”. It is a rite of passage for young women, signifying the transition from girlhood to young adulthood. After “umemulo”, a young woman is ready to be married. The rituals...

Writing South Africa’s First Dance Flick

This is a throwback to my experience writing the screenplay for the dance film “Hear Me Move.” I finished the first draft in July 2011 .At the time, the working title of the story was ‚ÄúContenders Only.” I was happy with the story at the time, and...