Defying culture

Defying culture

He just slipped away “I was holding his hand and telling him stories and then he just slipped away,” says Nellie Myburgh (52), whose husband died when she was 34. When she was 19, she buried her father, watched her heartbroken mother be bullied by her in-laws, and was...
Depression made me feel weak

Depression made me feel weak

I have always been a day dreamer, one that believed there was a world outside the small town Butterworth I called my home for years. The dream started with qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, becoming a CEO at the age of thirty and a board of director at age...
Never imagined myself embracing adulting

Never imagined myself embracing adulting

If you asked me a couple of years ago where I see myself in five years, I would have never imagined myself painting the picture of my current reality. Five years ago, fresh out of university, degree in hand and dreams in my pocket, I would have never imagined myself...
Failure made me a better person

Failure made me a better person

My Name is Harrington Dzunisani Chauke. I was born in Mbokota Village, Limpopo. I lived with my granny from my mother’s side, while she was still living in Pretoria. We only got to see her during school holidays when we visited her in the city, or during the...
My mother gave me up for adoption

My mother gave me up for adoption

At ten years of age, my mother gave me up for adoption. The two-mother situation could have been difficult Only they didn’t call it adoption and it wasn’t really “giving me up” because we maintained contact and did not cut the surname ties and everything else. I mean,...
Motherhood brought me home

Motherhood brought me home

When I left home at the age of eighteen to go to university, I was excited about two things above all. The first was my new life, the life that would begin with being a Rhodes student and end with unprecedented success in the journalism industry. The second was the...