DIFF & The Country’s Missing (Dis)Content

  The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), now in its 38th year, is tagged “Africa’s largest and longest running film festival.” The festival’s associated Film Mart is only eight years old yet it has become an important platform for good news announcements, official pledges of industry finance and promises of local development. As an aside, [...]

There Is Only One World

  The Con publishes the Epilogue to Achille Mbembe’s latest book, Critique of Black Reason (Wits University Press), described by the US publishers, Duke University Press, as ”a capacious genealogy of the category of Blackness—from the Atlantic slave trade to the present—to critically reevaluate history, racism, and the future of humanity. Mbembe teases out the intellectual consequences [...]

Collective Amnesia

  The Con publishes two poems from, Collective Amnesia (Uhlanga Press) the highly-anticipated debut collection from Koleka Putuma, winner of the 2014 National Poetry Slam Championship and the 2016 PEN South Africa Student Writing Prize. Putuma’s powerful exploration of  blackness, womxnhood and history marks her out as a vital voice in the contemporary South African poetry scene. [...]

Mining The Many Faces of Cyril Ramaphosa

  “Apartheid was baked hard in the mining industry, because that’s where it originated”- Cyril Ramaphosa   Ramaphosa and Marikana “An injury to one worker, is an injury to all,” Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa roared from the stage from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Central Committee meeting In Pretoria, at the end [...]

Fresh (Con)tent

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