Be bold, Cyril, even if it’s politica...

When Angela Merkel landed in South Africa late in the evening of February 5, ahead of her meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa the next day, she indicated that she was tired from the long flight and needed to sleep. But the German chancellor did not sleep. She got on the phone and stayed on the […]

Cyril must boldly face political conu...

COMMENT Last year, when newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his State of the Nation address with unmatched enthusiasm, the speech gripped the imagination of the nation. Citizens were filled with hope as he bravely articulated the challenges the nation faced and the programme of action his administration would execute.  He correctly identified the urgent […]

Deal of the year for the Dealmakers o...

An independent press is crucial to any democracy

Tragic trailblazer Fashanu honoured a...

Justin Fashanu, who in 1990 became the first English professional footballer to reveal he was gay, will be honoured on Wednesday by being inducted into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame. Fashanu will be honoured on what would have been his 59th birthday — he hanged himself in May 1998 — an occasion also […]

WHO urges calm as China coronavirus d...

The death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak surged to 2000 on Wednesday, as Chinese and international health officials warned against excessive measures to contain the epidemic. More than 74 000 people have now been infected by the virus in China, with hundreds more cases in some 25 countries. The situation remains serious at the […]

Pola Maneli asks: “Do you feel seen?”

While in Port Elizabeth over the weekend I took up the opportunity to meet visual artist Pola Maneli. When we meet outside his apartment, he comes out dressed in a pair of Nike Cortez sneakers, a pair of faded black skinny jeans, a white t-shirt, one silver stud in each ear and a what looks […]

EFF ‘circus’ becomes contagion as MPs...

Members of Parliament clashed again during the debate on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Tuesday, with Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and ANC MPs coming to verbal blows during continuous points of order.  ANC MPs seemed to take a leaf from the EFF caucus in continually interrupting Malema […]

The nexus between photography and uku...

The nexus between photography and ukuthakatha is power. In isiZulu, the term “ukuthwebula” has multiple meanings. Among isiZulu speakers, this expression refers to a ritual where umthakathi (a noun that has meanings that go beyond witchcraft) uses umlingo to take another’s power. In his book, Isichazimazwi Sanamuhla Nangomuso, Sibusiso Nyembezi offers interesting variations of this […]

Taking and taking back power

The nexus between photography and ukuthakatha is power. In isiZulu, the term “ukuthwebula” has multiple meanings. Among isiZulu speakers, this expression refers to a ritual where umthakathi (a noun that has meanings that go beyond witchcraft) uses umlingo to take another’s power. In his book, Isichazimazwi Sanamuhla Nangomuso, Sibusiso Nyembezi offers interesting variations of this […]

Seven lean years in the Northern Cape

Heleen van Wygharden loves to dance. In the 1970s, still in her early thirties, she attended a dance with other farm workers. Between pirouettes, she started to notice the guitarist who was guiding her steps from the edge of the room. Piet was short and quiet and never entered the fray. “Hy is nie ’n […]

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