Marianne Thamm

The baobab will dwarf the bonsai

The baobab will dwarf the bonsai

There was no doubt about the sincerity of his sadness and grief as President Jacob Zuma announced the death of Nelson Mandela to the nation on Thursday night with the words, “fellow South Africans, our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding president of our democratic… Read More →

Mandela – The Presence of Absence

Mandela – The Presence of Absence

In the days and weeks before my father, Georg, died at the age of 87 two years ago on June 7, I listened constantly to the music of the Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt. Daily, driving the 25km to and from his deathbed vigil, it was… Read More →

In Stitches

In Stitches

Hospitals in South Africa reported an unexpected spike in admissions to casualty units around 8.30pm on Sunday as SABC3 aired talk show host Dali Tambo’s People of the South interview with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Patients, who surprised doctors said were mostly white, were admitted… Read More →

Nkandla Makeover – Exclusive ZANEWS Inspection Tour

Nkandla Makeover – Exclusive ZANEWS Inspection Tour

We have special ZANEWS Agents everywhere including the rolling hills of Nkandla where President Zuma has just finished refurbishing his compound with your money (around R200 million of it). Technically-speaking we could consider this The People’s Resort and we thought you’d really like to see what… Read More →

New Picket Fences

New Picket Fences

My, things are looking up for the nuclear family. Once threatened by shattering divorce statistics, TV dinners, sperm donors, single-parent-headed households and still (let us not forget) under major threat from militant homosexuals demanding equal rights, the nuclear family has made a huge collective comeback.… Read More →

Mothering, Penises and Neil Diamond

Mothering, Penises and Neil Diamond

The great thing about having children, in the early years at least, is that they’re fantastic for one’s self esteem. For a limited period of time children really do view their parents as a living, breathing version of Google. But keeping up appearances can, at… Read More →

By Marianne Thamm – Collateral Damage

Marianne Thamm – Collateral Damage Veteran columnist, stand-up comic, journalist, author who is the current Big Cheese, head writer at ZA News Network. If you’ve thought it, she’s on it.

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