UFS: Private security moves on campus...

The registration process for returning undergraduate students and first-years has been extended at the University of the Free State. Vice-chancellor Professor Francis Petersen said that the university recognises the financial difficulties that have affected students, specifically due to Covid-19 and unemployment.  However, Petersen explained that the concession to allow students to register would only apply […]

Whither the Arts in South Africa’s pe...

The recent calls for the removal of Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa by members of the arts, culture and heritage community seem to miss the bigger problem, which political economy scholar and ANC member Oscar van Heerden posits is, “The ANC is confused (ideologically and strategically), therefore the government is confused, and therefore […]

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Is online the new home for theatre?

Theatre endured an unprecedented year of suffering caused by Covid-induced mass closures and job losses. Nationally there has been a push to develop content for digital platforms through live streams, filmed performances, audio drama and more. Comedy and music have fared better, but there has been an uneasy transition for traditional theatre. One of the […]

Senior ANC officials to be arrested f...

The R2.3-billion VBS Mutual Bank scandal will likely see the arrest of two Limpopo ANC bigwigs, who are expected to be arrested “imminently”. Danny Msiza, the ANC treasurer in Limpopo, together with the former ANC Youth League provincial leader Kabelo Matsepe, face arrest for their alleged role in the collapse of the mutual bank. The case […]

‘Why am I being shot?’ Witnesses desc...

His body lay on concrete, covered in foil, for hours. Part of his head, with short hair, was exposed. Next to his head was one of his blue takkies.  At first, a woman circled his body taking photos. She left. Another man came, surrounded by police officers, and they spoke over the dead man’s body. […]

Report to JCC calls for tribunal to m...

The Judicial Conduct Committee (JCC) has received a recommendation for a tribunal to further investigate the dispute between Western Cape high court Deputy Judge President (DJP)  Patricia Goliath and Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe over a “domestic incident” that has driven tensions within the division. In a report to the JCC, Judge Nambitha Dambuza dismissed Salie-Hlophe’s view […]

The Happenstance at the House on the ...

 Live-streaming and collaboration have been the buzzwords of lockdown music. Despite no gigs, no gatherings and no venues, players with the skills and resources have still come together to make music for digital stages. Something else is emerging from those joint ventures too. The apparently fixed categories of the legacy commercial music scene — roles, […]

Malema back in court, as police say t...

Lieutenant-Colonel James Bronkhorst maintains that protocol was followed when Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema and his delegation’s vehicle was refused entry to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s official funeral in 2018. But defence advocate Laurence Hodes questioned the police’s conduct on the day of the incident — and what followed.  The assault trial against Malema and EFF […]

Molefe shifts blame to ex-Transnet fi...

Former Transnet chief executive Brian Mofele told the Zondo commission on Tuesday that he did not wish to feel intimidated by repeatedly being asked why he had approved a R78.4-million payment to Regiments when there was no contractual obligation to do so. Molefe took exception when evidence leader Anton Myburgh impressed on him that half […]

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