Author: Mpumz

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“Don’t build your house on the sandy land, don’t build it too near the shore…” Well it might look kind of nice, but you’ll have to build it twice – yes, you’ll have to build your house once more… You better build your house upon a rock, make a good foundation on a solid spot….

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Being a female in modern day South Africa is a death sentence. Yes, I said it. No woman is safe. Not a single one. No-one. None. Not the mother catching a taxi to her night shift nursing job, not the student trying to keep her bursary and be the first in her family to get a…

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“You did what?!” the typical reaction I get when someone hears I just spent my Sunday morning running 30 or so kilometres. When you’re a runner, it’s either people totally get you or think you’re completely out of your mind (that is until, they themselves start running). I must admit, I did start running as…

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I remember our pastor warning us as we sat in pre-marital counselling saying “whatever you do, make sure this process brings you together – because it has torn couples apart”. At the time I really didn’t pay much attention to it. We are planning a wedding (weddings if you’re black 😩) – joining two families…

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I have never been very interested in politics. However, the recent events in SA’s history have made it absolutely unavoidable even for the most ignorant to ponder about the path our country is on. South Africa has seen a lot of strife. And each generation has had its own distinct mark on that struggle. First…

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I sincerely hoped that my debut into the “blog-o-sphere” would be on a more lighthearted, upbeat, kick-ass note. But the weight of the last week has me wanting to reach out to someone who may understand the waves of grief and mourning that tackle you in the midst of navigating your way through life –…

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If you’ve ever wondered whether the rumours about white privilege in corporate South Africa are real. I suggest you pick up this book and formulate your opinion. As a black female professional working in the financial services sector, I’ve often wondered whether we build these theories up in our heads. This was until I discovered…

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If you’ve ever been curious about who Michelle Obama is – not in her capacity or her role as the first lady of the USA, or the wife of Barack  – I strongly recommend you pick up this book. The book is a candid and well-written story of her upbringing and childhood in the ghetto…

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Let it be expressly known that this piece is my (very strong) personal opinion on the ongoing case between the IAAF vs Caster Semenya in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). And that opinion is that this case is discriminatory. For those who are unfamiliar with the story, here’s the gist of it. During…