• My baby needs to grow up

    My baby needs to grow up

    ANELE MDIZENI NEAR ELLIOTDALE, EASTERN CAPE On a Friday afternoon in February about 20 young boys are practising stick fighting with thin branches tipped with leaves outside Notshovile Mdizeni’s house near Elliotdale in the Eastern Cape. They range from about four to 14 and the thwacks they administer vary from negligible taps to those boisterous…

  • I just buy the basics

    I just buy the basics

    BONGINKOSI YONA KWAMAQASHU, EASTERN CAPE Bonginkosi Yona was nuts for Kaizer Chiefs. He would sit entranced, giving a running commentary while watching their games at home on television. This passion eventually converted his wife, Nandipha, to the yellow and black. Remembering the Amakhosi match they attended together at the Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg while…