Author Archives: Gcobani

Forced to grow[i]: Addressing shame and vulnerability in South African schools

Forced to grow[i]: Addressing shame and vulnerability in South African schools

Tweet In her pioneering coming of age book, Nervous Conditions (1988)[ii], Tsitsi Dangarembga takes us into the lives of two young women, Tambu and Nyasha, growing up in the 1960’s and early 1970’S in postcolonial Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Tambu spent her early formative years on her family’s farm in Rhodesia, while Nyasha spent hers in… Continue Reading

Parenting for Justice: Raising Black Boys and Girls in a Sexist, Homophobic and Racist Society

Tweet By: Gcobani Qambela* and Rethabile Mashale**   We can’t combat white supremacy unless we can teach people to love justice. You have to love justice more than your allegiance to your race, sexuality and gender. It is about justice.” – bell hooks The family unit is the primary source of socialisation for children. Second… Continue Reading

South African reflections on #BlackPowerIsForBlackMen: Unpacking the silence of (Black) South African men on the war on queer bodies

South African reflections on #BlackPowerIsForBlackMen: Unpacking the silence of (Black) South African men on the war on queer bodies

Tweet By: Gcobani Qambela* and Thoko Sipungu**   … evil has a blockbuster audience, goodness lurks backstage. Evil has vivid speech, goodness bites its tongue” –  Toni Morrison. Writing for The Guardian, Mikki Kendall, writes that she started #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen out of a frustration in noting multiple ways in which the voices of women of color… Continue Reading

Possessing the secret of joy and self-pleasure: manhood, self-love and (re)learning intimacy in the post-colony

Possessing the secret of joy and self-pleasure: manhood, self-love and (re)learning intimacy in the post-colony

Tweet  … Now you can love yourself. It’s already possible – James Baldwin. One of the questions I often ask my (mostly) male informants in my current research is “what kind(s) of non-penetrative forms of sex did you know about before you had sex for the first time”? Depending on how they answer, I usually… Continue Reading

The personal is the political: love, sex and gender in the postcolony

Tweet By: Siphokazi Magadla*, Gcobani Qambela**, and Eden Almasude*** On a careful review of the debates that have shaped the Bokamoso Leadership Forum (BLF) blog over the years, one can discern that the central theme that preoccupies the passions of contributors has been how to make sense and ‘undo’ the consequences of the deep disappointments… Continue Reading

(Dis)empowering knowledge and dismantling higher education elitism: the rising global cost of higher education and the implications for (poor) students

(Dis)empowering knowledge and dismantling higher education elitism: the rising global cost of higher education and the implications for (poor) students

Tweet By Gcobani Qambela*, Bose Maposa**, and Mathe Maema***  Institutions of higher learning have always been at the centre of development practice, and through higher education many people from all walks of life have been able to achieve class mobility. Harvard University Professor, Calestous Juma in 2008 noted that “economic growth is the transformation of… Continue Reading

Preserving White Power, Public Intellectualism and Silencing the Black Voice: Why Kameel Premhid and Thorne Godinho are wrong about Andile Mngxitama

Preserving White Power, Public Intellectualism and Silencing the Black Voice: Why Kameel Premhid and Thorne Godinho are wrong about Andile Mngxitama

Tweet By: Gcobani Qambela* I recently read a poor attempt to silence South African social commentator and activist Andile Mngxitama, or rather a call to “boycott” him by Kameel Premhid and Thorne Godinho in the Mail & Guardian’s Though Leader page. The duo claims that “Mngxitama has a long and troublesome history of advocating a-part-hate.… Continue Reading

Screaming Beyond State Power: The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG) and The Role of Private Capital in Curbing Inequalities

Tweet By: Gcobani Qambela* It is hard to believe that anyone is so at home with the world that they do not feel revulsion at the hunger, violence and inequality that surrounds them. – John Holloway The 2012 South African final high school matriculation  results were important in many respects. This is primarily because many… Continue Reading