FRED KHUMALO: Adios joker Jakes, hello Ace

I was amazed at how much Berliners know about such South Africans as Ace Magashule, who is not even the president

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FRED KHUMALO: Famished and on the road to Berlin

In preparation for my trip to Berlin I thought I should go to a local German restaurant, just to get my taste buds ready for the adventure

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FRED KHUMALO: The depressing story of our lives

The American girl’s laughter at the term load-shedding for blackouts finally confirmed to the SA girls that they were from a Third World country

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FRED KHUMALO: How SA could rock

Vilakazi Street was buzzing even though it was in the middle of the week. If only its entrepreneurial spirit could be replicated all over the country

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FRED KHUMALO: ‘Vrotmelk’ kingpin’s plan for white supremacy

Some will fall for Adriaan Nieuwoudt’s latest wild scheme — a whites-only settlement — out of fear, others out of racism

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FRED KHUMALO: Why stain perfection with politics?

My Portuguese evening was too perfect to be spoilt by ungrateful, greedy birds or knowing the true identity of the wizard in the kitchen

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FRED KHUMALO: Stealing a country

A woman’s voice sounded exaggeratedly loud in the ensuing silence: ‘When will this thieving stop?’

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FRED KHUMALO: The ANC’s light-bulb moment

The ANC poster featured a smiling Ramaphosa alongside the legend: ‘The power is in your hands’. What a morbid sense of humour they have

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FRED KHUMALO: Fleecing the poor

Bushiri is just one of many newly rich people using religion to manipulate people who are desperate

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FRED KHUMALO: DA squabbles clear the way for EFF’s rise

With the DA embroiled in such nasty power squabbles, is it enough to leave opposition to ANC hegemony to the Red Overalls?

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FRED KHUMALO: Moonwalk? No, perp walk

We tend to get our artists’ private lives mixed up with their art. Which, I now realise, is wrong. But separating the two is easier said than done

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FRED KHUMALO: Angelo Agrizzi hits the high notes

I couldn’t believe my luck when I switched on the TV and caught a concert by a new singing sensation at the exclusive State Capture Theatre

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FRED KHUMALO: The remarkable Hlaudi Motsoeneng

Any sane individual with a modicum of common decency would be holed up in his house, cringing and praying. Not Hlaudi

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FRED KHUMALO: My colourful, inviting, joyous experience at Queen Sheba

The delights of Queen Sheba were heightened by the pleasure of hearing Pops Mohamed performing once again (but bring your own wine)

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FRED KHUMALO: Arson at a heritage site

If you want to visit Soweto and take historic drives, it makes a lot of sense to stay at the Soweto Hotel. But do yourself a favour: don’t eat there

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FRED KHUMALO: Count your blessings

I realised that though I was not rich enough or connected enough to land tickets to the Mandela 100 music festival, I could afford to dine out

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