Home Bru Graft Café: my go-to coworking space in Durban

Home Bru Graft Café: my go-to coworking space in Durban

Durban, Lifestyle, Worklife
Home Bru Graft Café: my go-to coworking space in Durban [caption id="attachment_2451" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Part of the joy of being an independent agent is being able to choose where I work.[/caption] There are days when I crave human contact. I love the solitude of my home during the weekdays. Me, the cats, the dogs and the silence. But it’s also quite an isolating existence. After working in an open-plan newsroom for close on 20 years, some things cannot be replaced. Popping my head over the partition for some advice on a headline with my colleague, mundane conversations at the coffee machine, morning diary meetings … human interaction feeds the brain and the soul. (more…)
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What the … freelance!

What the … freelance!

Lifestyle, Worklife
What the ... freelance! [caption id="attachment_2441" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Being my own boss is a minefield I negotiate every day.[/caption] After almost 20 years of working in a newsroom as a sub-editor, lifestyle writer, night editor and online editor, I’d done a range of exciting jobs. But it just wasn’t enough. I realised I’d hit the glass ceiling and atrophy was slowly creeping into my body and mind like a snake in the dark. A combination of events gave me the necessary kick in the rear to take charge of my career and make a change. I needed a new challenge. I needed to wake up in the mornings with a sense of purpose. Being an automaton was just not in my DNA! (more…)
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Sunday read: Who Fears Death

Sunday read: Who Fears Death

Books
Who Fears Death Let me say it up front: this is not an easy novel to read.  But it is still one of my top novels of 2018 and I think it’s worth reading. Nigerian-American author Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death is set in post-apocalyptic Sudan. Her protagonist is Onyesonwu – a daughter of genocide. Her dark-skinned mother of the Okeke people is brutally raped by her pale-skinned father, a Nuru. His people believe they are the chosen ones. Onyesonwu’s father hopes that the son born out of this rape will help him annihilate all of the Okeke people. What he doesn’t bank on is that Onyesonwu (whose name means “who fears death” in Igbo) is a girl who will grow into a fiery-tempered woman with magical powers. Her mission will…
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Sunday read: An American Marriage

Sunday read: An American Marriage

Books
Sunday read: An American Marriage An American Marriage kicked off the resurrection of the Oprah Book Club, so there has been quite a bit of hype around it. And I could not wait to get hold of this book. The novel itself has all the necessary ingredients for a tragic love story. But it is so much more. An American Marriage is a timely interrogation of themes and issues that reverberate in African-American society. But it also takes the discussion into new realms. (more…)
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Are you ready for a coworking environment?

Are you ready for a coworking environment?

Durban, Lifestyle
Are you ready for a coworking environment? [caption id="attachment_2188" align="aligncenter" width="640"] It's time coworking gained more traction in Durban. Picture: WOCinTech[/caption] For me, one of the pitfalls of working from home is the sometimes intense isolation. And it’s at times like these that I long for the hustle and bustle of a newsroom. Don’t get me wrong, I love that I can roll out of bed, brush my teeth (maybe 😁) and head to my office to get stuck in a day’s work. Sometimes, if the need arises I can even work from my bed. A sick day means I can still be productive without infecting an entire office of people. (more…)
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Sunday read: The Last Romeo

Sunday read: The Last Romeo

Books
Sunday read: The Last Romeo Someone described The Last Romeo as Sex and the City meets Bridget Jones’s Diary. James is 34 and has just emerged from a 6-year relationship with Adam. He hates his job and his best friend Bella is heading off to Russia - leaving him behind. And what is there to do when you’re adrift, single and lonely in London? Online dating, of course! (more…)
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Sunday read: What Lies Within

Sunday read: What Lies Within

Books
Sunday read: What Lies Within I’ve had a few “burning-issues” kind of books land on my desk recently. These are my favourite kinds of books. Stories that weave an intricate narrative with social observation and even commentary are what I gravitate to. However, I find myself turning to a lighter read every now and then … just to get off the hamster wheel. Sometimes I read just for a good story, a bit of romance and intrigue and to escape the sometimes overwhelming reality of what is going on around me. (more…)
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Sunday read: Johannesburg

Sunday read: Johannesburg

My Journey
Sunday read: Johannesburg If you’re going to write about Johannesburg on the day Nelson Mandela died, it has to be pretty special or breathtaking. That’s my take on that day. A nation’s heart broke on that day. It was a life-changing moment in South Africa, as much as the man’s release from prison was. (more…)
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Sunday read: A Kind of Freedom

Sunday read: A Kind of Freedom

Books
Sunday read: A Kind of Freedom I was eager to begin reading this novel.  Reading is an emotional journey for me. It is about testing my emotions, my empathy, and my understanding. For me, a book is gripping because it appeals to me emotionally, it tests me and it leaves me thinking about what I’ve read for a long time to come. (more…)
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Sunday read: The Betrayal

Sunday read: The Betrayal

Books
Sunday read: The Betrayal I’ve just read the first chapter of Kate Furnivall’s The Betrayal and I can’t wait to get into this one. The first pages of this novel are tense and image-laden — filled with dripping blood, despair, collusion … and betrayal. Twin sisters, Romy and Florence, share a horrible secret about the murder of their father. (more…)
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