May 29, 2017

‘Chicken feather’ painter brushes off fame


Esther Mahlangu’s colourful geometric artwork is exhibited in galleries around the world, but she remains in her South African village unfazed by fame and determined to preserve her ethnic Ndebele culture. The 81-year-old painter and mural artist earned an international reputation with her Ndebele motifs at a time when the art scene in her home country was focused on contemporary styles. Now Johannesburg is hosting a major exhibition for Mahlangu, an elderly black woman with no art training who rose to global acclaim using a skill passed down for generations. With just a chicken feather, Mahlangu first painted mud huts…

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‘So, you know I’ve bipolar?’


Dating is a tricky business at the best of times, but even more so if you have a history of mental illness. Here are some dos and don’ts … Dating is hard. It’s paved with heartache and unrequited crushes and the blurting out of gabbled nonsense in front of the unimpressed person you like. When I finally found myself in a conversation with someone I liked at work, whose head I had resolutely stared at the back of for a full three months, I answered an innocuous, “So, how’s your day going?” with, “I am awash with existential despair.” She…

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‘Killer mom, son’ case postponed


The trial of a Qwaqwa woman and her son, who are accused of killing a 10-year old boy over R4, was yesterday postponed to next month because their lawyer was not able to represent them because of sickness. The state was ready to proceed with trial and had lined up the principal of the school that the boy attended as well as one of the woman’s neighbours among witnesses to testify against the suspects, Miriam Mokoena, 48, and her 26-year old son Sello. But the matter could not proceed after their lawyer turned at court very late because he had…

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