Happy Freedom Day South Africa!

Happy Freedom Day everyone! Can you believe it really is 20 years (2 decades!) since so many of us went and voted for the first time on that April day in 1994? I thought of something profound to say, but my happiness revolves around my pride at South Africa as a country, and the people…

What a Madiba weekend!

In bed, on my cellphone at 11pm. That’s where I found out about Madiba’s death. Something I had been expecting on many a morning while reading the news on my smartphone in bed. And then it came at night for many of us. I had heard my phone bleep a couple of times, but ignored…

Mourning Madiba in Germany

It is fascinating and frustrating to be a South African in Munich at the time of Madiba’s passing. Like my friends in London, I feel so very far away from home at a time like this. But those in the UK, US, Canada and many other countries seem to have a more general feeling of…

The day has come

The day has come. 5 December 2013. The day we knew was very close, but were somehow hoping would not ever happen. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela has died.   As i sit here on the couch, watching the news channels, i am shell-shocked. I am numb. I feel alone, and so very very far away from…

On feeling homesick in a familiar place

Thursday, 22 March 2012   I’ve been feeling really homesick today.   It started as a mild case this morning, but became ever stronger throughout the day. I gave it some thought, wondering why I was feeling like this now.   And I realised that it’s a number of things put together:   Being in…