Yeah, I know, that's the tackiest opening line you can ever use for a weekly column. But the cringeworthy opening fits the subject, as you shall soon see. On one of her regular jaunts to Sandton, where she does her shopping if she is not doing that in Europe or Dubai, Madame Mugabe used an electrical cord to attack 20-year-old Gabriella Engels when she found her sitting with her university-going sons Robert Jnr and Chatunga in a hotel room. Engels laid charges against her.
It was about time an influential and financially successful media icon showed youngsters, and their parents, that one could make a solid and successful career outside areas which are traditionally accepted in the black community as "real jobs" - law, medicine, teaching, in that descending order. The best way to communicate this would be a book outlining her journey. The how-I-got-where-I-am kinda narrative.
But the notion of divorcing oneself from one's family does not gel with my personal constitution. That is why I am paying the price of emotional abuse at the hands of family. It is not even direct family that I am alluding to. It is King Goodwill Zwelithini to whom, by virtue of being a Zulu-speaking South African, I am a subject. I was born and raised in the township and now live in the suburbs.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
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World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
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An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".