Mphuthumi Ntabeni

Mphuthumi Ntabeni is a writer.

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The city is mine by Niq Mhlongo: A review

Mphuthumi Ntabeni Books and writers 2024-05-19

"Mhlongo, through the character of Mangi, loves Johannesburg with the insane and obsessive love of a jilted lover."

The diary of an election year: The junction of desperation

Mphuthumi Ntabeni Opinion 2024-05-03

"It is easy in South African politics to blame Zuma, the preterit king of the superfluous, while failing to understand that the fundamental root of our current problems is extreme inequality."

Tinnitus: my near north (on The near north by Ivan Vladislavic)

Mphuthumi Ntabeni Books and writers 2024-04-19

"The near north is a book of memory, about life and death, joy and sadness, spatial geography and the thinking and not thinking behind human settlements."

Who can save us from political demagogues? 

Mphuthumi Ntabeni Opinion 2024-03-07

"The future of our political direction depends on those with enough courage to venture out into something new and convince the majority of eligible voters, who are in a stupor due to political choice despair. My friend counts himself among these, whom he amusingly terms the 'electile dysfunctions'."

Beyond the door of no return by David Diop: a review

Mphuthumi Ntabeni Books and writers 2024-02-20

"If you’ve loved the sparse ironic tone of Amor Towles’s A gentleman in Moscow, you’ll love Beyond the door of no return."

The lost diaries of Tiyo Soga

Mphuthumi Ntabeni New writing 2024-02-09

"It is not easy, waiting for fair sailing weather, permanently watching for the winds to turn."

Initiation practices and other undesirable things

Mphuthumi Ntabeni Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2024-02-01

"If there is anything in common between the rigour of the English boarding school system I grew up in and the staunch Calvinism of Afrikaners of, say, Stellenbosch University, it is the belief that young men in particular need to be toughened up to prepare them for life. It is the reason why, though known to authorities, these rituals and rites of passages are tolerated and ignored until they go too far, as they sometimes do."

The Pole by JM Coetzee: a review

Mphuthumi Ntabeni Books and writers 2024-01-24

"When he has a performance in Barcelona a middle-aged lady, Beatriz, who is a university lecturer, is assigned to care for him during his stay. He becomes obsessed with Beatriz, though she is married."

BELAB and mother tongue education: an interview with Mphuthumi Ntabeni

Naomi Meyer, Mphuthumi Ntabeni SA Skoleseminaar | Schools Seminar 2024-01-17

"I regard the fight for Afrikaans prominence – without seeking hegemony – as something that other African language practitioners should emulate."

A path towards true humanity

Mphuthumi Ntabeni Opinion 2024-01-11

"I wonder where South Africa would have been, had countries like Cuba, Ireland, Zambia, Angola or the Scandinavian nations not supported us against the murderous National Party’s apartheid regime."

Black ghosts by Noo Saro-Wiwa: A review

Mphuthumi Ntabeni Books and writers 2024-01-09

"If, as an African in particular, you visit China or want to learn more comprehensively about the lives of Africans in China, buy Noo Saro-Wiwa’s Black ghosts. You can thank me later."

Mr BookFestivals talks about his autobiography, BookBedonnerd | Etienne van Heerden Veldsoirée 2023

Darryl David, Mphuthumi Ntabeni Etienne van Heerden Veldsoirée 2023-12-06

The conversation meanders through churchyards, book towns, festivals and academic departments. Darryl David, the man who has started so many book festivals, also talks about his love for his wife, his daughter, his dogs and church buildings.

Emperor of Rome: Mphuthumi Ntabeni interviews Mary Beard

Mphuthumi Ntabeni, Mary Beard Books and writers 2023-11-30

A transgender Roman emperor? Why were there no bedrooms in Caesar’s palace? How about an emperor who may have worn more shoes than Imelda Marcos? Is democracy better than a benign dictator? These are but a few of the hot topics Mphuthumi Ntabeni teases out of Mary Beard during an interview in Cape Town.

Inkwenkwezi Efihlakeleyo: Uhlalutyo Lwencadi | The hidden star translated: A book review

Mphuthumi Ntabeni Books and writers 2023-11-28

"Mandivale ngokucoma Umuzi/Praesa ngalo mbono mhle kangaka wokuguqulela le ncwadi kulwimi lweSintu. Nakugqirha Guzula ngomsebenzi omhle encomekayo." | "I think this is a superb translation that not only makes the book accessible in Xhosa, but, because a language lends a new way of seeing the world, will enrich your knowledge and enjoyment of the book even if you have already read it in English."

Seen elsewhere: I finally watched Shaka iLembe

Mphuthumi Ntabeni Elders gesien 2023-11-27

"It just wanted to cannibalise the current cultural fetish. So, I think it should be judged based only on the quality of its drama."