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Opinion
Peter Ucko

Do mothers create rapists?

Bad parenting can create monsters. Why is there so much violence against women and children? Why so many rapes? Can it be changed?
WARNING: Sensitive readers might be triggered by some of the content.

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Life
Melody Emmett

From femicide to glory: the work of Lebo Thoka*

Lebo Thoka’s art does not deny the horror and brutality experienced by victims of femicide. Rather she proclaims the inherent dignity of the women, that can never be taken away from them. A version of this article was first published by Sunday Times Lifestyle.

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Blooming Jacarandas lining a street in the late afternoon.
Columns
Heléne van der Westhuizen

Where Words Take Us – October

October is still spring, if ever it is longer than ten minutes. It’s the month of the Jacarandas in Pretoria and the arum lilies in the Western Cape. It’s the month that inspires the arts. Dis die mooiste mooiste maand.
With thanks to Sam J Basch for the image of the Jacarandas https://koisan.co.za/

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Peter Ucko
Peter Ucko

Is Snow Black – Is Coal white?

There are many anomalies. If it weren’t a serious matter it might be funny. Read on and you might learn something. You might laugh. Perhaps you’ll cry

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Photograph of Wangari Maathai in blue traditional dress
Helene van der Westhuizen
Heléne van der Westhuizen

Where Words Take Us – Herstory

This week’s word, herstory, takes us to meet an extraordinary woman from Kenya who changed the collective mind of her country towards the environment and lifted them out of poverty at the same time.

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Google Images of paintings to Illustrate the artform most prevalent in people's minds.
Helene van der Westhuizen
Heléne van der Westhuizen

Where Words Take Us – Creation

Where does the word creation lead us if we look wider than the traditional concept of art and painting? We enter the worlds of Mary Anderson, Melitta Bentz and Elizabeth Magie. Have you ever heard of them? You will score bonus points if you know what they had in common.

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