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Welcoming the Alien Spirits into Zimbabwe

  Last week, as Zimbabweans celebrated the military backed process which set in motion the end of  Robert Mugabe’s rule,  a cautionary statement came from Everjoice Win, an astute Zimbabwean feminist and activist; in a pithy distillation of Shona folklore, the feminist wrote on Twitter, “musapururudzire shavi muchiti mudzimu,”  which the rough translation of this [...]

SA’s Ill Hurt by Public Health Cuts

  Vuyo Aaron Ngqondwana was one of the hundreds of psychiatric patients moved out of Life Esidimeni in callous cost-cutting measures by the Gauteng Department of Health. He was moved to the Cullinan Care and Rehabilitation Centre, where he died months later. An autopsy found a large plastic sheet in Vuyo’s stomach. He died of [...]

The koppie in Marikana which served as a focal point for the 2012 protests which resulted in the massacre of 34 miners on the 16th of August, 2012. Picture: Daylin Paul 2017

Sisonke Msimang: Why I Write

An extract from Sisonke Msimang’s memoir “Always Another Country”  On 16 August 2012, in a small town called Marikana in South Africa’s dry, rusty platinum belt, the South African Police Service opened fire on a crowd of striking mineworkers. We were in America when this happened. I watched the video footage online in horror. Thirty-four [...]

Hamba Kahle Peter McKenzie

he photographer and filmmaker Peter McKenzie died on October 13 2017. He will no longer “make pictures”. That distinction between “taking” and “making” photographs was important to McKenzie, as a photographer, an intellectual, an activist and an aesthete. He did not believe that photography should be extractive, so rather than “take” photographs, he would “make” [...]