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A galaxy far far far away…Star Wars in South Africa with Travelstart

There is something about Star Wars – it could be the intricate fantasy world, or the loveable complex characters, or perhaps even the nostalgia surrounding it – but this franchise seems to grip and transfix audiences no matter the age, background or gender. I began my Star Wars journey a couple of years ago, rushing to watch them all before The Force Awakens was released and I tasted the kool-aid in all it’s force glory. I am a fantasy fan, world building is my jam, and in many ways I understand how G.R.R Martin can get lost in his own world (but dammit that we need that new book already!?!)....

Remember – A Poem for Women’s Day

I was asked to write a poem about Women’s Day and while I believe that it is pitiful to celebrate Women’s Day and pretend for one day that we live in an equal society. But my feelings aside, the words came, and I was grateful to be given the opportunity to deliver it this morning. 60 years of “You strike a woman, you strike a rock” 60 years of “Help” “I’m sorry” “No” “Please don’t” 60 years of “You must have liked it” “You should have covered up” “You asked for it” “Shhh, don’t tell anyone” 60 years of inequality fear betrayal pain The end of the facade The rise...

Why South Africa Needs the #YesAllWomen Campaign

The tragedy of the mass shooting in California and the #YesAllWomen campaign has brought the misogynistic culture of Americans to the forefront. But this is not just an affliction that is germane only to American culture, but to all cultures and especially here in South Africa. A country where rape is the order of the day, where young women are constantly judged by the way they dress, where a women being beaten into a pulp by her husband is responded by the question, “What did she do to deserve it?” This is a culture which should be listening to what all these women in the world are saying and need...