Age ain’t nothing but a number


The thing about time is that it is always moving. Time never stops. Oh how I loathe that! Birthdays are one of the many ways to see how time flies. I haven’t been much of a birthday fan after 21, it’s just the thought of getting old that gets to me. Do I want to stay forever young? Of course not. So, I started writing this post just before my birthday and its now two days later. It was such a special day and guess what, I don’t feel old. Being old really has nothing to do with age but has everything to do with your mindset.
I can proudly say I’m as young as I want to be.
Stay young

What does it mean to step out of line?

Being true to yourself.
To be vulnerable.
To be daring.
To step out of the norm.
Putting away all pride and ego.

Be a little extraordinary and #stepoutofline

Trekking Across Gondwanaland

 Something I wrote about for the Citroën #stepoutofline campaign I’ve been running. 

What does it mean to “step out of line”? This is what it means to me:

Questioning widely accepted views because those views might not have all the answers.

Finding new ways to do things.

Being brave enough to be different.

Being true to yourself, even when your true self doesn’t fit in.

Doing things that make others feel uncomfortable, for the right reasons.

Standing up for what is right rather than what is popular.

Tackling others when they are wrong, even at a cost to yourself.

Never getting too comfortable with the way things are.

Never thinking that you can sit back and put up your feet.

Never going with the prevailing fashion because that’s what everyone else does.

Speaking the truth even when everyone wants comforting white lies.

Having a sense of what matters.

Valuing the feelings of…

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Be unleashed – a letter to a young girl

Young girls everywhere are their own biggest critics. I urge all girls to read this letter and understand that they have the power to steer their own lives in the right direction. Forget the nay sayers. Those who bring you down. You are powerful beyond measure. It is only once you believe in yourself that your will power can come alive.

I remember a 16 year old me, I knew I wanted to make a change, I wanted to have an impact and positively influence people not only in my community but the world at large. I am only beginning to make scratch the surface as my inner power gets unleashed with each passing say. If only I knew then what I know now I’d be fully unleashed. Everyday is an opportunity to learn something, to better yourself and to impact someone else’s life.

We can all take a page from a letter by our Public Public (Thuli Madonsela) to her 16 year old insecure self. I hope that it will speak to you, save you and ultimately challenge you to change your life.

Thuli Madonsela’s Letter to Her 16-Year Old Self – O, The Oprah Magazine.

Take care,


A morning thought…

It’s been a while since I last shared something here.  It has been a bit of a roller coaster ride I tell you. But here is a thought for you to ponder:

We’ve all heard the saying “life is unpredictable”. Whenever you wake up in the morning you have no idea of how your day will unfold regardless of how you have planned it. It is life’s unpredictability that makes you want to live life to the fullest! It makes you want to do your best and be your best everyday that you get the opportunity.

Be true to yourself. Learn form others as much as you can. Don’t take yourself too seriously, after all life is unpredictable.

Take care,

A young girl to inspire us all

This is a speech by a young girl who has overcome so much more than any ordinary 16 year old. We can all be inspired by Malala Yousafzai’s courage and bravery to stand up for what we believe in, no matter the circumstances.
Malala is a true heroine of our time. She stands for education and liberation for all young girls and boys.

Below is a link to the speech by Malala Yousafzai.

Malala Yousafzai’s Speech at the UN

Be Inspired
Nomfundo Peach

Are you supposed to be somewhere?


We carry on about where we are supposed to be and wander through the day on a tight schedule. We are always rushing to some or other place – never in the moment. Are you supposed to be somewhere? I was asked this question and I was left speechless – confused as though I was asked to solve for x!

Are you supposed to be somewhere? Yes or No? Quite a straight forward question, right? Wrong! Searching deeper into what it really means- I was left numb. Numbed and overcome by the overwhelming sense of presence. Being present. If I’m supposed to be somewhere – who then, should occupy the present?
I know this sounds very sublime – and yes it is.

After reading A New Earth– Eckhart Tolle I have often challenged myself to become present and be one with the moment. I have realised that I should accept what is happening now and take it as a learning experience, a stepping stone to the next phase of my life.

Having faced so many challenges in a very short period, I’ve had to centre myself and allow life to unfold as it would- without opposing the current flow. I’ve had to go through those challenges in order to be where I am. That is my journey it is different from anyone else’s.

Stay in your life path and embrace all obstacles and milestones. Always be present whatever your situation. Ask yourself- what the lesson is.

I understand now that all things happen at a pre-set time. The kind of order and precision we have no control over but should accept.

So, to answer that question. No, I’m right where I need to be. Present.

Take Care
Nomfundo Peach

Let’s Fight Racism!

Racism is a global issue that still persists in our culture. We are faced with contemporary forms of racism as discussed by:

Mr. Mutuma Ruteere, UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance answers question posted across social media platforms concerning this matter.

Below is a link to the discussion about fighting racism.

Take Care
Nomfundo Peach

SA’s Crime Hike

The escalating number of violent attacks towards women in South Africa is alarming. The issue of violence is one that affects us all. My family and I went through turmoil when my aunt was murdered.

These horrendous crimes can no longer be tolerated.

I share my story with Anna Maria Tremonti on The Current, CBC Radio

The interview is also available on Podcast

Take Care
Nomfundo Peach

Women of Destiny

Why have there been no great women throughout history? I appropriate this question from Women Art and Power and Other Essays a book by Linda Nochlin. The question that was originally posed was: “why have there been no great women artists?”

This reading explores the reasons why women have not been in the spotlight throughout history and tries to answer this contentious question.

Firstly I would like to discuss the issue regarding the role of a woman in a patriarchal rule. The role, capabilities and even the story of women has always been told through the males perspective. As a result women have since been marginalised.

The ability of women has been suppressed by such a system. Only because she is of a weaker gender. I would like to stress the truth to that ideology – yes, women are generally weaker physically, however that notion doesn’t apply when we look at her non physical strengths.

Secondly, another argument posed is that there have been no great women artists because generally women are incapable of greatness. How does one come to such a conclusion when no opportunity has been presented to women to prove themselves, allowing them to oppose these narratives.

And thirdly, is the power debate. Men have always been in a position of power without feeling threatened because they’ve never had to share their position. They’ve claimed superiority without asking and passed laws without hesitating. This assertion of power has somehow deterred women from their glory.

Great and inspirational women who have defied patriarchal oppression have become the zeitgeist. Their strength transcends through their work ethic, intuition and unforgiving demeanour.

Today we celebrate and look up to so many successful and fearless women who lead homes, big corporations as well as countries. Women have taken full possession of their position in society and they are stirring up the power scale.

This hunger and determination to rise above the stereotypes is fuelled by independence, the right to equality and subliminal thoughts that we are more than what biology and history say we are. This zealous spirit to achieve beyond expectation has afforded women great opportunities in the work environment causing a sense of unrest to our male counterparts.
Today, we can confidently say that women are better leaders as generation of women are in leadership positions in very successful corporations.

Although there is still a lot that has to be done in order to change the ways in which we are socialised in order to overcome some lingering stereotypes.

Women are celebrated more today because we tell our own stories, set our limits and create our own destiny.
And yes, we are capable of greatness.

Take Care
Nomfundo Peach

Ladies of Destiny

Ladies of Destiny


Our behaviour, dress code, and even the tone of our voice are signals that give away bits of information to the world about us, thus creating a perception about who we are.
Are you sending the right message to the world?
Who are we beneath the facades? Who are you when you are alone?
The media has flooded us with products and ways to ‘better’ ourselves and to project ourselves in a manner that is somewhat acceptable to our peers. Does that mean there is something wrong with us, or better yet, are we so insecure that we would rather send wrong signals than be true to who we really are?
We are ‘trained’ to portray different images of what looks cool, hot, sexy, even serious and poised therefore the world picks up those exterior signals and forms its own perceptions.
But who are we in this material world? I am in no way implying that our choice of clothing is arbitrary to who we are (likes and environment). We decide on certain items of clothing mostly for a specific reason thus at the back of our minds we are pulling the strings of worldly perceptions but,
how often does our self image align with worldly perceptions?
We should think about what we are communicating to the world everytime we step outside because that is how the world will respond to you.

Take care
Nomfundo Peach

Simply condemning violence is not enough.

Because she is

Artist: TK Year: 2014

Form a young age, it is evident that boys and girls are raised differently. And yes we are a different. But what about the way we are socialized?

According to the South African Medical Research Council a woman is killed every eight hours making the femicide rate five times higher than the global average. In South Africa, more than 1 000 women are killed by an intimate partner each year. Intimate partner femicide is the leading cause of the murder of women.

Violence against women has been on the rise and the perpetrators are getting younger and younger. We have to ask ourselves what is wrong with society, what is wrong with men, what is wrong our police or justice system? We need to dig deeper, constantly challenge conversations about the way we treat women every day, not only raise our flags and voices when it’s 16 Days of Activism Against Women and Children where campaign and tweet about gender based violence. More has to be done because women encounter violence everyday.

Speeches that simply condemn acts of violence are not enough.

The idea that a women is a prized possession, often gives the impression that you are someone’s property to do with as the please. If that’s the case, wouldn’t you handle your most precious possession  with the utmost respect and care? The problem is there is no respect for women. Why is that? Why is there so much brutality towards women?

  • Women are not property.
  • Women want the freedom to move without fear.
  • Women want respect, love and care.
  • Women want to be heard.

It is time for both men and boys to be more empathetic and involved in speaking out against women abuse calling out those who say things that may manifest physically even though it’s said jokingly. If men took a stand against violence because not all men are trash, but what are you doing that sets you apart?
I’ll be posting more in this issue since I can’t cover everything in one post. Please share your thoughts on how we can change the horrific acts of violence against women and children.

I would love to hear from the men out there, how are making a difference?

Take care


Fees. Must. Fall.

South Africa is undergoing nation-wide wave and revolt about university fees. A national narrative that university #FeesMustFall, students from all walks of life have raised their voices and uniting for their right to affordable education. The entire country is in a #NationalShutDown as students demand a 0% increase in fees.

Parents are plagued by exorbitant fees which they can barely afford. Students on the other hand are in the thick of the struggle as they go through day-to-day hardships of student life, which includes books, food, accommodation and black tax which hangs over their shoulders like a cloud.

The country has seen an increase in students protests this year, it all began with #RhodesMustFall which spread across the country as students demanded that statues of colonial leaders be removed from campuses and other public spaces across the country. Looking back, the 1976 student uprising where students fought for their right to fair education; refusing Afrikaans as a medium of instruction, which they saw as the oppressor’s language hindering their performance. I see the #FeesMustFall protests as a mirror to what happened in 1976. Yes, there were no killings yesterday as students gathered outside parliament but the narrative of freedom and fair, inclusive education is becoming a cry of young people in our country.

As a result of the apartheid regime, we (young blacks) are evidence of the segregation and deprivation that the regime stood for. Every black family that is struggling to make ends meet, as well as provide a good education for their children is evidence of the economic exclusion our parents and older generations experienced.

If education is what will drive our economy to greater heights, why then is it so difficult to afford a good education? I for one know exactly what these students are going through; as some, if not most universities omit your results until outstanding fees are settled for the next year. Every registration period was the same; my family would struggle to get money for me to register and every National Student funding I applied for was sadly declined.

I’ve had my fair share of struggles with tertiary education fees. The university would not allow students who owe fees to graduate. Exclusion from graduation and omitting results means that I could not substantiate my job applications with a solid academic record to prove that I have indeed completed my studies. My efforts to find a job simply fell through the cracks. I knew that I had to pay my fees in order for me to get my certificate, I did so diligently with my internship stipend but I only managed take down the mountain of fees after two years!

I applaud and fully support the students on the movement as it affects each and every one of us, not only are they fighting for themselves but for generations to come. As former students and parents we should join in the movement and stand for education that is inclusive and affordable for all. Yes. Fees. Must. Fall.

Nomfundo Peach

‘Because You Are A Woman’ is not a good enough reason.

Feminism is not about hating men, it is about equality for both men and women. Feminism is most certainly NOT about destroying African culture, this ideology obviously come from ones’ idea of  what African culture means. I would like to believe that African culture should have evolved enough to put women at the top, since women are educated and independent.

My conversations about what women can and can’t do always turn into a heated debate because I strongly disagree with stereotypes, generalisations and single mindedness  about  women. I strongly believe men need to be taught and socialised about gender issues & equality from an early age; to stop assuming certain responsibilities are only suitable for women.

Fairness; equality and a society where people can be judged based on merit, not their gender.


Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, who is a firm believer and advocate of women’s rights gave a moving and thought-provoking speech to the class of 2015 at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Read her speech here. 

Have you ever been marginalised or found yourself in a compromising situation because of your gender?  How do you think gender issues can be addressed? I’d like to hear your thoughts.

Take care, 


Vision and Art

A long awaited evening, our very first exhibition – organised by our own.  A night of vision, creativity and a celebration of women.

Imbokodo the exhibition is the brainchild of an ambitious young woman Seemole Bodirwa who have the privilege of calling a friend and sister. She is the founder of Bodirwa Events Decor & Art Gallery.


 The theme of the exhibition is titled Imbokodo, pillars of strength. As young women, we are here because of the perseverance, guidance and courage of our mothers; sometimes it was a mothers reassurance that kept us going when we couldn’t go on. 


This exhibition celebrates that matriarchal strength, the  timeless beauty, the enigma and the success of women, our pillars of strength. The featured artist are five young women from different walks of life brought together by a passion for art  Seemole Bodirwa, Tokologo Mphaki, Nomfundo Peach, Poeletjo Phaahledi and international artists Netsa Lemma.


Go see the exhibition, celebrate women and most importantly support young black talent. 

Take care, 


Venice Biennale: SA Pavilion finally announces artists | Arts and Culture | Art and Design | M&G

I’d like you to read the article first before you jump to any conclusions.

Now that you’ve understood why only one black female artist was chosen, let’s talk.

I’m an artist by profession, however, I am not practicing as an artist. I have a day job. Joy! What my friends and I always talk about is how we as black art proffessionals have little or no support from industry.

Firstly, it’s the lack of support from industry. Art is not what black parents work hard to put us through school for, so the challenge begins at home.
Secondly, we have officials who have no art background making decisions on art matters. We don’t have the right connections to get our work exhibited at an uncle’s friends’gallery.
Thirdly and lastly, we don’t want our work to be categorised as craft because we are female. I’m a fine artist not a crafts lady.

Now, back to the Venice Biennale, what artist doesn’t want to make it to the Biennale? Do we want black female artist to be chosen because of their race and gender? I know I wouldn’t! I’d want to make the list because my work is derserving and within the theme.

We don’t know how many black female artists were part of the selection. What know is that the young black artist’s works spoke of their individual experiences and issues of identity; according to the curators they were looking for artist who raised issues that embraced many aspects – issues that more people can relate to.

Representation of black artists is a pressing issue but this is a matter of context not race or gender.

What’s your take on the matter?





Through rose-colored glasses.

A Curro school in Pretoria has been put under the spotlight after parents complained of racism.  The allegations surfaced when parents complained about racial segregation. The matter obviously didn’t sit well with the affected parents who laid the complaint & has led Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lefusi to visit the school and make an inquiry which plans to enforce strict rules and regulations on independent schools. In responses to the enquiry from CEO of Curro Holdings, Chris van der Merwe who is not fazed by government intervention since private schools are protected by section 29 of the Constitution and that demand for private education over public schools remains strong.

Frans Cronje, CEO of institute of Race Relations condemned the way the school conducted itself and further pointed a positive side to the story stating that that there are now more private schools with a high intake of black children in early grades due to a growing middle black class.

Now, let’s talk about this – candidly; I don’t have any children but I am black, I have brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews and the list goes on. The state of our public schools has deteriorated and is at it’s lowest, it’s no surprise parents are not willing to put their children in public schools. Unfortunately, some parents cannot afford private education. Now, another reason black parents send their children to English schools is so their kids can have all the opportunities life has to offer and I know that going to a multiracial school affords a child so much more. You are in an mixed environment, this exposes one to different cultures and desensitises children from so called “racial divide”.  That’s what parents ultimately want; children who don’t see colour even though they themselves do.

I agree with Frans Cronje, yes we do have a growing middle class – no doubt. Should we then applaud private schools that their black numbers are high? It looks good on paper but I wonder, what is really happening in these schools? When it comes to racial issues, South Africa is walking on thin ice. The government wants to put regulations in place, to make sure that children are indeed intergrated in these schools. Yes, please do. Afterwards, tackle the shocking public school education so that children don’t have to suffer because their parents can’t afford to take them to “good” schools. Put the very strict regulations and follow the private school business model to make public schools competitive amongst other schools because I don’t for an second believe that our children are incapable, but if they are not challenged to their full potential then yes, they will continue to fail miserably due to the low standards that are set.

Something to think about:

Is it always black and white? Curro is a white owned company and they can do what they want really… right? Shouldn’t this be a lightbulb moment to black people – the growing middle class that everyone is raving about? Is it only because we are the big spenders? We bring in the money we grow other people’s businesses. Think about it. How do we invest in our own people and put public school at the helm of our education system; make them good enough for all. Transfer skills, start a private school entity. Reinvest in our own.

Now where do we start?

Source: Asha Speckman article in the Sunday Times (08/02/2015)