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'

JONATHAN JANSEN: An open letter to matric pupils

'I really wish an accomplished person had taught me life’s most important lesson – that there is no shortcut to success'

DAVID ISAACSON: Take note, Divan Serfontein, of Eugenie’s scar of honour

'A pain flashed up my spine – a pain I’ve never experienced before or since – and I physically had to resist the man-handling'

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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Nene's resignation was astonishing. Let's hope it has set the bar higher

'Nene, to the utter astonishment of every South African, resigned. In so doing, he has become the first person in in the history of our new democracy to do so'

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JONATHAN JANSEN: Don't rush to judge Nene if you're just as fallible. And you probably are

'Under the right conditions, most of us are susceptible to unethical behaviour'

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DARREL BRISTOW-BOVEY: Praying for the medicane

'If the medicane comes now, it’s too late. Now it is just me and my mother and my grandmother and uncle Mercury. This life is very cruel'

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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Madonna's to blame for my breathless pain

'I’m a hiking virgin – and therefore am terrified at the prospect wandering into unknown territory'

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JONATHAN JANSEN: The seven habits of highly effective teachers

'Perhaps the most obvious habit of highly effective teachers is that they are masters of their subject'

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