The instructions from Luthuli House would certainly urge that the ANC caucus in Parliament shows restraint on Mkhwebane, while the Union Buildings would certainly prefer her out of the office as soon as yesterday., writes Ralph Mathekga.
Morning clouds. Cool.
So there are moments where you just read about all these hate crimes. There is another non-South African queer person who was attacked in Cape Town just a week ago. And you think about: Am I next, asks Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane.
I’ve woken up too many days paralysed by inferiority, believing I am nowhere close to worthy, writes James de Villiers.
It's been 16 years now and I have never felt so good about myself and my well-being. I am on ARV medication and have an undetectable HIV, writes Andile Gidana.
My parents are not evil people, but knowing that I disappointed them was too much to bear and I do not wish that feeling that I felt one anyone, writes Theolla Langenhoven.
All she wants is a packet of chips today, a drink with her friends tomorrow, a heroin injection by the age of 15, writes Isaac Meyer.
Something that surprised and excited me in the beginning was how open and ready most people are once they find out that I study sexology (and what it really means) and the eagerness at which they want to improve their sex lives.
When people first saw me after finding out my status, their reactions broke me to a point that I did not even know that simple words could inflict so much pain. It even went as far as me being labelled a whore.
“Fear the kids standing on the corner smoking, because they will deceive you,” my mother taught.
After my meltdown, I dusted myself off and called in a favour. Bugger it, I was going to go for broke. I called in uncle Siv. To many, he's the Siv Ngesi. To us, he’s just Siv: friend and brother from another mother.
The trio, who started their journey in March, travelled over 17 000 kilometres with over 200 lifts in the ultimate aim to meet daytime-host Ellen Degeneres, who they met shortly after arriving in Los Angeles.
I was so overwhelmed that I was missing my ‘calling’ in a certain job, or ‘sinning’ which was pulling me away from my ‘calling’, that I spent many a day in bed, writes James de Villiers .
Because you like yourself and you care about yourself you want to live a healthier life - not to impress another person, says Samuel Hlonyana.
When you mentally create a future for yourself with someone else, it feels like someone’s just died when that future is shattered.
It scares me more than spiders or the dentist. But I cannot run away from it as I do with spiders, and I cannot avoid it like I do the dentist.
"For several years, we have engaged in a very fulfilling platonic, sexual relationship. If a good neighbour lends you a cup of sugar, he was giving me a little spice."
I overcompensated by being extra nice to the people of colour serving my meals, packing my shopping, driving the bus that took me to work, and cleaning my office.
We cannot change HIV but we most certainly can change the perceptions around it, and once we change our perceptions, burdens are lifted and lives are saved.
Suddenly I noticed a crowd of people at the day hospital opposite the taxi rank. They were huddled around something on the pavement. It was the body of a dead man, writes Moeshfieka Botha.
To cope I started drinking and smoking as a means of escape. I thought it would make everything better but it never did.
As I carried anxiety shallow on my chest, no matter how much I tried to tell myself my "worth" or speak the truth or be positive … nothing worked, writes James de Villiers.
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