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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
Drum Magazine

Her Story | How to start your own detergent range: from an everyday woman who did it

It all started with a YouTube video.

Young entrepreneur Marvellous Langa's dreams were realised after she learned how to make her own detergent through a tutorial on YouTubeIn this episode of Her Story we speak to Marvellous, who is the owner of the detergent brand, Marvellous Chem.

She started her business shortly after graduating with her Chemical engineering degree and has managed to make a success of it by competing in local food retailers with big brands. This is her story.

Gigi Lamayne on becoming a sangoma

She discovered that she was called to be a sangoma at the age of 11.

However, it took rapper Gigi Lamayne years to finally accept that call.

In this episode, she discusses her journey and how it has changed her life.

Miss SA Top 30 contestant Lehlogonolo Machaba on how a beauty queen helped her discover that she is trans

She grew up identifying as gay.

From a rural town with little access to information, Lehlogonolo Machaba couldn't yet understand the difference between her sexuality and gender dysphoria.

One day, she watched a young woman from Nevada, US, compete in the Miss USA beauty pageant. Her name was Kataluna Enriquez and she was the very first openly transgender woman to take part in the history of the event.

This is when Lehlogonolo Machaba knew that she was in fact a woman and later came out as trans.

In this episode, we speak to Lehlogonolo about becoming the first openly trans woman to make it into the Miss SA top 30.

This is what becoming a father at 22 taught me about life (with Bright Khumalo)

He became a father at 22 – and to say he wasn't ready would be an understatement.

With no job prospects, Bright Khumalo had to think and act fast if he was to be a present and active father.

11 years later and three children later, he tells us, he wouldn't change a thing.

In this episode, the now, university lecturer tells us his story and how he was able to settle into fatherhood the best way he could.

Young dads: This is how having a daughter changed my life (with Msizi Nxumalo)

He had his daughter at 27.

With no formal employment, a then, small business and a budding relationship with the now, mother of his child -- it seemed all odds were against him having his first child.

However, Durban-based businessman, Msizi Nxumalo was determined to be a dad, a good and present one at that.

Four years later, he does not for a second regret his decision and tells us his daughter is the most important person in his life.

In this episode of Drum Weekly, Msizi shares how having a child changed his life and what advice he would give to expectant dads.

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