CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Our sombre, sobering week of darkness

The man in the grocery store was right. We’ve gone to hell in a hand basket. And I’m not sure when, or if, we’re coming back

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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Who to trust in the age of state capture?

All is fair, they say, in love and war. But what about love and politics?

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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Ending the rot in SA means striving to be accountable

If we are to survive as a democracy and grow to our full potential as a country, we must reflect on and acknowledge all we need to heal, writes Charmain Naidoo

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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: A light blown out, reflamed by voting

A once infallible father, admonished by apartheid, finally got to vote, but now — who the hell is one supposed to vote for!

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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Inquiries are shining an unstinting light deep into SA’s wounds

We, as a nation and as a country, are self-healing, or at the very least, we are attempting to

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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Death-induced blurriness easier than shock of corruption

If we want to see our corruption levels brought down to, say, those in Denmark we need to start identifying the markers now

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TOM EATON: To those raging about the Gillette ad, 1954 called, it wants its misogyny back

The outpouring of rage in the comments is wildly, ludicrously disproportionate; entirely unhinged from the actual content of the video

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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Pity Cyril Ramaphosa and his Sisyphean task this election year

Poor Cyril, having to play the superhero. His is a gargantuan task

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Poachers’ paradise is now an African conservation triumph

African Parks has made Rwanda’s Akagera park a major tourism success story — and plans to do the same in even the most remote places in the continent

CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Joburg vs New York — or is it Zuma vs Trump?

All the world’s a stage — and that stage is starting to look unsettlingly one-note

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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Bagels and 60th birthdays in a brisk New York

You know this view, even if it is your first time in New York City — it’s the outline of a city that is as familiar as the back of your hand, writes Charmain ...

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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: How technology and Trump ruined my New York holiday

Forget the bone-chilling weather, Trump’s infiltration of its people and technology’s omnipresent reality are what define New York now, writes Charmain Naidoo

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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: What a mess we have made of our precious planet in the past 60 years

We’re filling our oceans with mountains of trash, we’re poisoning our earth with pesticides, we’re genetically modifying food, or radiating it to make it last ...

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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Finding a community of one’s own is an increasingly tough ask

Being met with disapproval just because you don’t fit the criteria of the group you’re in is exhausting, painful and, importantly, dangerous

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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Depression is not just a white people’s thing

One in six South Africans suffers from depression, an astonishingly high number for a disease that some people think of as a white indulgence

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William Kentridge: The barbarity of the ‘Great War’ told through an African lens

‘The Head & the Load’ shows that history is written to serve specific interests and that there are always victims of this endeavour

CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Time has been an ogre for beleaguered Patricia de Lille

Patricia De Lille, who has resigned her position as Cape Town’s mayor and her DA membership, has finally called time, and what a waste her fight has been

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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: SA's purple, bruised skin is not healing anytime soon

A spiritual sense of peace should exist in a Jacaranda blooming city, but that is not necessarily the case, writes Charmain Naidoo

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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: The outrageous grilling of Cheryl Zondi

'Watching the proceedings in that courtroom made me feel like we were in another time, a darker time before we demanded sensitivity for victims'

Published by Tiso Blackstar and distributed with the Financial Mail on the last Thursday of every month except December and January.