Out of the Womb into the Womb: A Xhosa Initiation Ritual Transformed

Mcendisi receives a call. His ex-girlfriend informs him that today there will be his son’s imbeleko – a Xhosa ritual performed to introduce a child to his or her ancestors. “How can she expect me to be there on such a short notice?” Mcendisi says disturbed. The relationship with the mother of his son and her . . . → Read More: Out of the Womb into the Womb: A Xhosa Initiation Ritual Transformed

Can South Africans think beyond ‘race’?

Tonight the eTV channel is switched on. George wants me to choose a movie at the same time 3rd Degree, a show of investigative journalism, starts. It’s titeled “The tricky issue of race.“ The focus is on white South Africans and the extent they are stuck in a racist past. I urge my hosts to watch . . . → Read More: Can South Africans think beyond ‘race’?