Hello Mzansi

Our environment has a fundamental role in making us who we are. I’m sure I’d be a bit of different person if I hadn’t been raised in South Africa. I often think what a maddening country ours is but I also know I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Passion is what I feel for South Africa. It’s not always adulating adoration; sometimes it’s absolute fury or bitter sadness. But at the end of the day, it’s still love. It’s why I don’t dream of leaving, why I overthink so much, and why I’ve started this blog (largely).

My name is Jenna. I live in Cape Town and dream of exploring as much of Mzansi as I can and speaking as many of our languages as possible. At the moment, I’m studying a BSocSci (and I’m conscious that not many can say that).

South Africa is such a contested space with so many diverse views. I can never represent all of them. Me in Mzansi is about my life and how much of it is directly related to my nation. It’s just one of 56 million lives but I am sure it shares many similarities with those of my fellow South Africans: most significantly, a love for a country that we so passionately want to reach its potential.


Jenna Solomon

Jenna is a journalism, African studies and social development graduate. She writes about active citizenship and lifestyle in South Africa.

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