Today, I am taking a chair that most media houses in South Africa are scared to take, or rather an appreciation of the work our colleagues are doing is not seen by us. I hope this becomes my DESTINY.
Destiny Magazine‘s latest issue tackles in a brave manner what others pin in certain corners of their magazines — an issue dedicated to what affects everybody — the COVID-19, writes Buchule Raba.
Sembi – An Africa Proverb. I would rather say a Xhosa Proverb derived from the Xhosa word “Awusembi” which means being ugly or “Ayisembi” which refers to something ugly or bad.
“The past few weeks have taught us that the real pandemic in South Africa, and many developing countries alike, has been a poor welfare system which ignores the realities and plight of the majority of people,” OnkeDumeko Editor in Chief Destiny Magazine.
The May/June COVID-19 special edition of DESTINY is the largest in their history, featuring contributions from 30 thought-leaders, academics, leaders, and voices on topics pertaining to the reality of our economy in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic as and the proposed way forward – Onke Dumeko.
Being hard at competition others overlook the good work emphasized by Destiny‘s latest issue. I personally cannot overlook the emotionally packaged Destiny Magazine that dwells so much and putting a spotlight on what directly affects us globally.
One cannot disagree when Onke Dumeko says she’s a tenacious woman who strives to lead a powerful and impactful life, indeed that is visible through the latest issue of Destiny Magazine.
One would assume packaging an entire issue dedicated to COVID-19 would be such a bore, but the team at Destiny has outdone themselves – kudos to them.
This issue (available online) features writings from South Africa’s powerful who’s who such as the likes of Ntsiki Mazwai, Vusi Thembekwayo, Sihle Bolani, Tumi Sole, Lupi Ngcayisa, and Lesego Tlhabi to draw just a few to your attention.
The Destiny Magazine COVID-19 issue features informal sector traders like Mam’Thandi Thabethe who was arrested for selling atchar as means of survival, without a permit. She was in the right for doing the “wrong” as per the restrictions by the South African government while the police were in the “right” for doing the wrong thing.
“As Mother’s Day approaches us on Sunday, we have to ask ourselves if this is the way history will judge us for showing how we really feel about the mothers of this continent on whose backs the formal economy, or what it formally was, has been built?
“OR will we honor what the truth of the pandemic has revealed and work towards defining a new destiny for the continent’s legacy that will give rise to a socio-economic structure?” questions Onke of Destiny.
In her words, Onke says that COVID-19 has revealed itself to have a currency of consciousness and compassion & an opportunity therein for us to choose to reset the economy in a way that documents the contribution of the currently undocumented women like Mam’Thandi – a mother to us all.
Once again Kudos to Destiny Magazine for making such a beautiful history. Some of us will cherish this issue forever. What an inspiration! What a different view! The magazine has done well into looking at a very broader perspective without masking any fears.
Is this the DESTINY we are afraid of facing?