Losing Lwandle

  Last year, the eviction of hundreds of shack dwellers from Lwandle, Strand on the eve of a winter storm sparked a national outcry. Seven months later, construction of alternative accommodation has ceased, and yet dozens of evictees remain homeless – holed up in a temporary relief shelter at a nearby community hall. They have [...]

Hamba Kahle Madoda

  The holidays are always intent on taking the elders away. While The Con was away on its December hiatus the lights of several of South Africa’s brightest were extinguished. Today, we pay tribute to two of them: the musician and stellar pianist Pat Matshikiza and the historian and writer Jeff Guy. Patrick Vuyo Matshikiza [...]

Mashaba’s Bafana Shake-Up

Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba’s gait is half-limp – probably a consequence of his days as a solid defender, captaining Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and Moroka Swallows – and half bounce, like the old township gentlemen, with shoes so shiny you can see your reflection in them. Born in Orlando East 64 years ago, Mashaba is a [...]

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