FRED KHUMALO: Taxiing to Covid disaster

Just like Aids in the 1990s, too many South Africans are still dismissive of the coronavirus pandemic, despite the rising death rate

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FRED KHUMALO: Tales from the city: a Bolt driver speaks

The sad story told by my Bolt driver put a human face on the gloomy economic statistics of the lockdown

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FRED KHUMALO: JK Rowling’s unfortunate spell

We live in a world which is challenging chauvinism in all its shades, even when it comes from someone like the creator of Harry Potter

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FRED KHUMALO: Oh how things have changed

War stories are usually told under a tree, around a fire or by the poolside. Thanks to Covid-19, our lives won’t be the same again

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FRED KHUMALO: The day George Floyd didn’t come home

Celebration, marred with mourning – that is how my Monday, the first day of level 3 of the Covid-19 lockdown, will be remembered

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FRED KHUMALO: Ring in the new nuptials

Covid-19 will force yet another layer of change to how weddings are celebrated, as we adapt to new ways of living

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FRED KHUMALO: Wolves howling at the door

Like most economically active people, I cannot wait for the lockdown to end – but there is no simple trade-off between health and prosperity

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FRED KHUMALO: Is that a virus in my soup?

My teenagers gleefully planted seeds of doubt in my mind, and now I don’t feel ready to eat food cooked by anyone else

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FRED KHUMALO: Recovery as fast as the food

Adults might be missing their Stuyvesant and Johnnie Walker, but level 4 reveals the addictions of our children

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FRED KHUMALO: Life without comfort food

There’s a lot to be said for enforced sobriety in our violent society, but how are we to survive without comfort food?

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FRED KHUMALO: The worst part is, it’s true

Lockdown got me binge-watching. I don’t want to spoil it, but you don’t emerge from the experience emotionally unscathed

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FRED KHUMALO: Return of the HIV/Aids stigma

We’re seeing a reprise of the stigma once associated with HIV/Aids – now it affects those in the townships with Covid-19

FRED KHUMALO: Reality bites hard

Social distancing is a bad joke in overcrowded townships such as Alexandra, where people live hand-to-mouth. Yet the middle classes can’t understand why they ...

FRED KHUMALO: Café Jiran not for serious fine dining

I had to cough meaningfully before the waiters at Jiran bothered to peel their eyes off their phones indifferently, like zombies

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FRED KHUMALO: The potency of pork

The medicine man who advised my community to refrain from pork in the 1980s would have reconsidered his stance had he joined me for lunch

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FRED KHUMALO: Rare and fine African cuisine

My goat stew, made with the choicest cuts and served with chapati, was a pleasant surprise. I couldn’t help but have another bottle of palm wine

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