By this time last year, Penny Sparrow had already called black holiday revellers in Durban “monkeys”, music legend David Bowie had died and subway stations in Brussels were hit by suicide bombers – all this before the first three months were over!
But 2017 is promising to give us the good stuff (that is, if we all squeeze our eyes closed tightly and sing “la-la-la” loudly while trying to block our ears from acknowledging that Donald Trump really is the 45th president of the US). So far, Viola Davis has won a Screen Actors Guild and a Golden Globe Award, New Edition finally got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and no South Africans have hurled racial insults at each other – yet. If we continue in this fashion, this year might be our best since Thabo Mbeki was president. But I digress.
In our bid to promote 23 years of democracy, we ask three South Africans whether we should take teaching African languages in our country more seriously. Named CAF Coach of the Year in 2016, we speak to former Bafana Bafana and current Sundowns coach, Pitso Mosimane, about some of the lessons he’s learnt during his years as a player and a coach. And after more than a decade of refusing to interview Thandiswa Mazwai, you’ll find out why when I finally sat down with her for a chat.
Going into this year, we need to be more aware of our impact on the environment, so we look at how, in whatever tiny way, we can all start living more greenly. Fortuitously, this coincides with Pantone naming “Greenery” as the colour for 2017. But, instead of being left to your own devices, we’ve enlisted the help of one of SA’s most highly respected interior designers, Ditau Interiors’ Nthabi Taukobong, to help infuse your home with greens.
Whether you’re looking to make this the year you finally go it alone, invest your money or, indeed, plan to cook better than a “Lazy Makoti”, there isn’t a subject we haven’t covered.
Personally, I’m determined to approach every endeavour with love. Whether it’s dinner with my best friend, compiling a music playlist or cooking for my beloved, I plan to approach life with the eagerness of someone who’s getting paid good money, and the passion of someone who’s living their dream. Love is trending in my life! A first ever, I sat with my friends Karabo and Vuyo, after my bestie Annie had cooked us biryani at her house, and we each created a “vision board”. Mine had the house of my dreams, holidays with people I love and loads of fabulous shoes and bags. Whatever’s on your vision board, or on your wish list to the universe, I hope you’ll be granted all you desire.
Love & light