The Friday Stand-In 2016

Has South Africa healed from the agony of apartheid?

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at University of Stellenbosch.

She was the clinical psychologist on the Truth and Reconciliation mission in South Africa. She later documented observations from the Truth and Reconciliation process.

Fridays Stand In, Prof Mark Solms spoke to Gobodo-Madikizela about the mental state of the nation and how South Africa can find healing as a nation.

Gobodo-Madikizela says that reparation should start internally rather than having reparations in monetary terms.

This is because the brokenness and the destructiveness, whether you come from the side of victimhood or perpetratorhood, the destruction happens at a deeply internal level and that's the work that needs to happen.

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, clinical psychologist

Reparation means we transform a story that is hurtful... a broken story within and transform it into a story of healing

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, clinical psychologist

The problem with these processes is that people find it difficult to face their past in whatever way they've had a role in it.

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, clinical psychologist

Listen to the full conversation below:

Read More
Civil society and SA govt must call a truce to work together - experts

Civil society and SA govt must call a truce to work together - experts

The conflict between civil organisations and the state needs to come to an end in order to mobilise social change in South Africa.

#FridayStandIn Crispin Sonn abides by the business ethic 'do well, do good'

#FridayStandIn Crispin Sonn abides by the business ethic 'do well, do good'

Crispin Sonn, director of Gamiro and son of democratic South Africa's first US ambassador Franklin Sonn, believes in giving back.

Why VAT on books must fall (and 11 page-turners to keep you busy these holidays)

Why VAT on books must fall (and 11 page-turners to keep you busy these holidays)

Reading advocate Tebogo Ditshego discusses South Africa's poor reading culture, the costs of books and recommends holiday reads.

Once homeless, top CEO Frank Magwegwe hits the airwaves as #FridayStandIn

Once homeless, top CEO Frank Magwegwe hits the airwaves as #FridayStandIn

The founder of Financial Wellness Group, is passionate about books and reading, and has lived on both sides of the poverty line.

Rosebank's Marble restaurant creators on how to make it big with food

Rosebank's Marble restaurant creators on how to make it big with food

Contemporary chef David Higgs moved from the fine dining arena to creating his own "big and burly" live-fire restaurant, Marble.

Entrepreneur guru Gil Oved takes the #FridayStandIn challenge

Entrepreneur guru Gil Oved takes the #FridayStandIn challenge

Gil Oved is the co-founder and co-CEO of The Creative Counsel Group, the largest Marketing Agency in Africa.