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We are already old men here

“Ngicela kukhuluma naPhesheya,” I said as I poked my head into Phesheya’s office, grinning. I want to speak with Phesheya. “Ah, unjani sisi?” said Phesheya, grinning back. How are you? I took a seat and laid down my stack of … Continue reading

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There is no hurry in Swaziland

I stepped out onto Gwamile Street in Mbabane, pressing two two-rand coins into the kombi driver’s hands and looking behind me before stepping across the road. I narrowly dodged another kombi driver who was flying wildly down the road, slamming … Continue reading

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Too much muffins!!

“Ngi funa kuya eEden Guest House,” I said to the boy in the bus rank. I want to go to Eden Guest House. “Ah!” he said, turning and eyeing me. “This man, this man right here can help you, my … Continue reading

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Who wants a future for Swaziland?

“Who here wants a future for Swaziland?” asked Lisa to a small crowd of Swazi youth. Several of them raised their hands tentatively. “Why aren’t more of you raising your hands?” she asked them, looking around the circle. “Who here … Continue reading

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I used to be white, sisi

“You see those mountains over there, sisi?” said Khulekani, raising his voice so it would reach me in the back seat. “That’s where my home is. You know the Lubombo Plateau?” I shook my head, and he continued, “It’s a … Continue reading

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