About the Book
South Africa never was, nor ever will be the Rainbow Nation we believed Mandela dreamt about. But we’ve woken up and grown up and we’re trying to come to terms with this reality. Kopano has also grown as a writer in the last few years. In Period Pain she has poignantly captured the heartache and confusion of so many South Africans who feel defeated by the litany of headline horrors; xenophobia, corrective rape, corruption and crime and for many the death sentence that is the public health nightmare. Where are we going, what have we become? Period Pain helps us navigate our South Africa. We meet Masechaba, and through her story we are able to reflect, to question and to rediscover our humanity.
About the Author
Dr Kopano Matlwa Mabaso is a South African medical doctor and author, currently undertaking a DPhil (PhD) in Population Health at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. She is the founder of Transitions Foundation, an organisation that seeks to help South Africa’s youth transition from hopelessness to personal fulfillment through education. Kopano is a published fiction writer, the winner of the European Literary Award (2007) and joint winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa (2010).