Category Archives: End of year Reflection

My wish list for 2015

My hope for 2014 was that I learn to be my own leader and follower  and I would like to give myself a little pat on the back and say that I did manage to accomplish a little bit of it. During the year, we met regularly with new BLF members to discuss ‘The role of NGO’s in African countries’ – a topic we had picked as a group. I learnt a lot from those meetings, and most importantly I got new vocabulary and new readings that are helping me grow intellectually. We plan to continue in 2015 with these meetings and also hope to invite new people.

Looking forward to 2015, I decided to make an external wish list; 5 things that I am hoping other people can take a lead on, and I follow. More importantly, so that I may enjoy them. They definitely would make my life easier. So here it goes (not listed in order of importance);

  1. An application that will allow me to take back my phone number from someone. Isn’t it odd that after all these years we are still to have something like this? Especially now with WhatsApp where anyone with your number can basically always be tracking you?
  2. A deodorant that goes clear on black skin. Enough said.
  3. I would like spinning seats/bikes seats to be bigger – not for me to have to buy one when the ‘normal’ ones wont do. So please, can we have different sizes? While we are on this, can we also eradicate the notion that ‘one size fits all’- let’s say some, or maybe most. There is no one size that fits everyone.
  4. The notion that there are ‘male feminists’, why?  I don’t understand why being a feminist has to be gendered.
  5. A different name for ‘infinity scarfs’- nope, newsflash, they are not endless!

I am hoping my five wishes are pretty basic, and hope to report next year how 2015 was soo much easier for me. Best wishes for 2015 friends :).

Broken and Bold: Love, loss and loneliness in Jozi

Broken and Bold: Love, loss and loneliness in Jozi

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The Face of Fears: Blackness as a deadly weapon

The Face of Fears: Blackness as a deadly weapon

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It Begins at Home- Empowering Women in Africa

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Teaching Matters: A Reflection

Teaching Matters: A Reflection

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My year in the BLF editorial team

My year in the BLF editorial team

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A love-hate relationship: writing and teaching

A love-hate relationship: writing and teaching

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Learning to be my own leader and follower – Vision 2014 and Beyond

Learning to be my own leader and follower – Vision 2014 and Beyond

Tweet By: Bose Maposa* There are so many incredible things that have happened this year, which I could reflect on. First and foremost, I am grateful that I have been very close with my family. I have strengthened my relationships with friends, and reconnected with those from my childhood. I also managed to travel toContinue Reading

Showing up is activism too: Black men’s humaneness on death row

Showing up is activism too: Black men’s humaneness on death row

Tweet By: Gcobani Qambela* Patriarchy defines humane qualities as feminine, [and] then tells boys masculinity is basically the opposite of femininity – Kashann Kilson. I am drained. I spent the second half of this day (19 November) in a full court in Grahamstown, South Africa. In the first case, I sat and listened to aContinue Reading

REFLECTIONS FROM THE CORNER–SORT OF

REFLECTIONS FROM THE CORNER–SORT OF

Tweet By: Molemo Ramphalile* I grew up in a house located on the corner of a street in a typical township on the East Rand of Johannesburg, South Africa. This meant it was outside our house that one could find that infamous hanging-out spot common to most townships or “ghettoes”, generally known as “the corner”.Continue Reading