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Journalist Bongani Kona reads the first of five letters by five local writers exploring life in South Africa in the week of the African National Congress conference.

Five letters from five South African writers exploring aspects of life in the week of the ANC elections - covering education, bureaucracy, city living, xenophobia and migration. These novelists and journalists reflect on living in South Africa now.

Bongani explores what it feels like to be a young black man in Cape Town, addressing problems in the way the city has been divided geographically by race and gentrification and imagining a cosmopolitan 'dream city' in its place.

Bongani Kona is a Zimbabwean born freelance writer who lives in Cape Town. He is a contributing editor of Chimurenga, a pan African publication of writing, art and politics. His writing has also appeared in Mail & Guardian, Rolling Stone (South Africa), Sunday Times and other publications and websites. He was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing for his story 'At your Requiem' in 2016.

Written and read by Bongani Kona
Produced by Simon Richardson.

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Tue 12 Dec 2017 00:30

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