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Loyiso Mkize: The man behind Kwezi, SA’s black superhero

Born and raised in Butterworth, Eastern Cape, Loyiso Mkize has always had a keen eye for art and an even keener one for comic art. He reckons that he already knew he was an artist from around the age of six, even though at the time he probably didn’t even know what an artist was.

“I carried that with me right through school and right through my formative years in Butterworth – and also when I then went to high school in Queenstown [Eastern Cape],” Mkize says.

“Everything around me was geared towards my artistic inclinations. This was especially true…
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Loyiso Mkize: The man behind Kwezi, SA’s black superhero

A chat with bookseller Kays Mguni of Xarra Books

Towards the end of 2006, Xarra Books, run by Kays Mguni and June Josephs, opened its doors in Newtown, Jo’burg, becoming an instant cultural landmark. Eleven years later, having moved briefly to Constitution Hill in Braamfontein, the bookstore has new premises in Midrand. Phakama Mbonambi talks to Mguni about the store’s new lease on life.

What’s special about the books you stock?

We mainstream the African book: biographies, life stories, lifestyles, African history and literature classics, food, travel, and so on. The books are from across the African continent and the African Diaspora.

Why did you move from Constitution…
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A chat with bookseller Kays Mguni of Xarra Books

Katchie Nzama to travel to 22 African countries in seven months

South African-born Mukhatshelwa “Katchie” Nzama, an avid traveller who is closing in on realising her dream of visiting each country on the continent before the age of 30, is currently on a mission to break borders and the misconceptions they create, as well as promote intra-African travel through Breaking Borders. The dynamic Nzama, who in 2016 was one of the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans, shared her vision with us and why the initiative – funded by Simeka Capital Holdings – which will see her travel to 22 countries on the continent over a period…
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Katchie Nzama to travel to 22 African countries in seven months

Vusi Thembekwayo on business travel

Treading boldly where few have gone before in the ever-evolving world of business, Vusi Thembekwayo has continued to cultivate successful businesses and entrepreneurs alike as CEO, director, investor and most recently, through taking on the role of mentor once again with his latest mentorship and entrepreneurship venture, MyGrowthFund (MGF).

Thembekwayo shared with us how travel has impacted his winning approach to business, his hidden African oasis for savouring some downtime and what entrepreneurs seeking opportunities on the continent should keep in mind as they navigate Africa’s diverse and complex nuances.

What is a unique, yet powerful characteristic about doing business in…
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Vusi Thembekwayo on business travel

Filmmaker Zandile Tisani on reimagining the African story

Zandile Tisani is easily one of South Africa’s – if not Africa’s – most refreshing filmmakers, telling stories that reimagine the young, urban South African identity as she scratches far below the surface. A University of Cape Town film graduate, writer and director Tisani is behind films such as Heroes, her first production, Style Diary: Yeovilland most recently, Femme in Music: On Tour with Ikonika. She shared how travel has influenced her perspective.

You’re known as a filmmaker who pushes the boundaries when it comes to untold stories. How do you define what you do? 

Simply put, I tell stories,…
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Filmmaker Zandile Tisani on reimagining the African story

Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse enters the wisdom economy.

In 1985, a hot new single was pumping in most clubs, house parties and cars. Whenever Burn Out played, people would stomp to the dance floor. Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse became known as the hottest musician in South Africa.

The music, which fused township pop, traditional mbaqanga groove and the disco of the era, was a powerful step in bringing young white people to African popular music.

Mabuse regards the 1985 Concert in the Park at Ellis Park to be a significant highlight of his career. This event brought 22 of the most popular bands of all genres and races around South…
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Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse enters the wisdom economy.