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The Sumo

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The Sumo is a strapping young man in his late 20s who considers himself the ultimate transitional South African. Born and raised in a KwaZulu-Natal township near Durban, he was part of the first group of black initiates into the "multiracial" education system. He was (and is) always in contrast to the norm, black in "white" schools, a blazer-wearing coconut in the township streets, and now fat in a sea of conventional thinness in the corporate world. This, and a lifetime of junk-food consumption and beer guzzling, has culminated in the man you will come to know as the Sumo. See life through this man's eyes; see life through lard.

The Kleurling takes it!

Call me NastroSumo, but didn’t I mention in my piece called Making beautiful Coloureds Together that the future of the world lies, with the Tik…

Invasion: Nam

I thought I could never breathe in actual heat short of a flame-blowing display gone smolderingly wrong, but Namibia quickly helps one re-evaluate what one…

Floating dorpies

People are sure to be offended by this piece, people who refuse to see past their prejudices and make intellectual counters, if that may be,…

Sdudla – it’s bigger than you!

Disclaimer: I aim to offend no one person with this blog, really, I don’t. For the non-Zulu among us, first of all, sympathies that you…

Fatness and the void of dignity

There is very little dignity or coolness in being fat. Though people try to tell you differently, that you are normal, there are few occasions…

Commute to Bloem, Part 1

It was with much difficulty that I accepted a directive to pack my bags and haul my great self off to the land beyond the…

It’s easy for you and I

Let me start by unequivocally stating that I reject in the strongest terms the violence that has been unleashed upon defenseless foreign nationals in the…

Violence is not a game

There has been an exponential increase in the rate of reported cases of violence in our schools of late and this time the focus is…