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How to be a makoti in a polygamist marriage (with Uthando Nesthembu's MaKhumalo)

Polygamy is a popular type of marriage in the African community. Many wives across the country are currently in this type of marriage even though it is often deemed taboo or unusual.
In this final episode of Makoti Unveiled Season 1, Siya Tsewu speaks to Uthando Nesthembu's Thobile Mseleku -- also known as Makhumlo -- on what it means to be a wife in a polygamist marriage.

Marrying into a different race or culture | Two wives share their experience

With multiple cultures and 11 official languages, it is not uncommon for South Africans to marry into different races or cultures.
Assimilating into the different practices, however, can be a daunting experience for many. Siya Tsewu speaks to two women — one married to a white man and the other to a Zulu man — about their experiences and what they have learned.

Husbands on the role of uMakoti in the family (with Musa Mseleku and Pastor Lwazi Dekeda) - Part 1

The role of uMakoti in the family can be a contentious one as African tradition and modernity collide. In previous episodes, we spoke to Okoti from all walks of life who told us about their experiences. In this episode, we bring in the husbands.
Host, Siya Tsewu speaks to popular traditionalist and polygamist Musa Mseleku and Pastor Lwazi Dekeda about what they believe the role of uMakoti is and how they treat their own wives in this context.
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Ukukotiza | Women share how the process can be made easier

Ukukotiza (performing chores for your in-laws) can be a daunting experience. In this episode, host, Siya Tsewu speaks to a newlywed makoti about her experience with ukukotiza as a working woman.

We also speak to the author of a makoti self-help book and a representative from Makoti Assist -- an organization that helps Makoti's with their chores.

Host: Siya Tsewu
Producer and editor: Pam Magwaza

Can a Makoti also be a feminist? A traditional wife and a married feminist share their experiences

Most African cultures are deeply patriarchal and the role of the makoti is usually that of a "helper or supporter" to the husband and his family. Many modern women who identify as feminists are rejecting this view as they seek to be treated fairly and to be seen as equal in marriage.
Can culture and feminism co-exist?
In this episode, Siya Tsewu speaks to a traditional wife and a married feminist on how they navigate marriage with their ideologies.

Host: Siya Tsewu
Produced and edited: Pam Magwaza

Makoti Unveiled | Welcome to the family, makoti

Makoti Unveiled is our new series aimed at current, to-be and aspiring makotis. Regardless of your culture, becoming a makoti can be a daunting experience – and we're here to help.

Every week, our host, Drum journalist and resident makoti, Siya Tsewu, will speak to different women who will share their relatable experiences as makotis and give valuable advice to all who need it.

Listen now!

Host: Siya Tsewu
Producer and Editor: Pam Magwaza
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