Thath’i sgubhu usfak’ es’ketchini: (R...

In 1998, KingTha (then popularly referred to as Thandiswa Mazwai or Red) of the beloved music group Bongo Maffin, affirmed the idea that in kwaito music there is an intricate link between isgubhu and ingoma. This is not to say that the relationship between these two sonic elements is limited only to kwaito, however, KingTha […]

Nehawu launches urgent court bid over...

It has been more than two weeks since President Cyril Ramaphosa announced special measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet across the country workers at the frontline of fighting the virus still do not have personal protective equipment — gowns, masks and gloves. Nor has the government put in place guidelines for what should happen […]

The Portfolio: Sandile [Nothing] Mhlo...

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A moment for responsible active citiz...

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Southern Africa has cracked down on f...

COMMENT The freedom to communicate and express opinions is necessary to effectively demand and enforce government obligations and accountability. In countries with high levels of poverty and inequality, contributed to by corruption and maladministration, it is especially critical for people to be able to exercise their rights to freedom of expression and information so that […]

Playlist: The Bill Withers’ Essential...

“I write and sing about whatever I am able to understand and feel. I feel that it is healthier to look out at the world through a window than through a mirror. Otherwise, all you see is yourself and whatever is behind you.” — Bill Withers (1938 – 2020)

An unprecedented crisis: The economic...

COMMENT A certain word has been floating around these days. No, it is not “coronavirus”; nor is it “pandemic”. It is “unprecedented”. As in, the current crisis is unprecedented in the history of human civilisation. Which is odd, since there is nothing unprecedented in viruses or plagues. They have been with us for us long […]

In the face of the pandemic, human ri...

COMMENT The Covid-19 pandemic that is spreading across the world is, of course, a public health emergency. But it is also, at its core, a human and peoples’ rights issue.  As we at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the African Union’s human rights body, pointed out in a February 28 statement, both […]

Kenya’s government can’t tackle the p...

COMMENT The scenes of police assaulting citizens while enforcing a nighttime curfew, as well the death by suicide of a South African woman after being forced into a government quarantine facility, have exposed Kenya’s coercive response to the coronavirus pandemic.  Although many have condemned the incidents, others believe coercion is necessary given the extreme threat […]

New energy mix on the cards

South Africa’s fleet of coal-powered stations cannot meet demand: it is aging, under-maintained and over-burdened. According to the CSIR Energy Centre, load-shedding has cost the economy as much as R338-billion; in 2019 alone the country experienced 530 hours without power, at a cost of up to R120-billion. In addition, Eskom spends as much as R27 […]

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