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Those Ones Who Owned the Mines, I Hate Them, I Hate Them Very Much

  Excerpt from: Broke and Broken: The Shameful Legacy of Gold Mining in South Africa by Lucas Ledwaba and Leon Sadiki (Jacana) Zwelendaba Mgidi was 23 years old when he left his home village of Kwa-Bala in the beautiful valleys of Mpondoland, Eastern Cape to start work on the gold mines of the Free State province in 1983. [...]

Yeoville in Early 2017

  In the indistinct stretches of time between the visits of graduate students from nearby universities researching belonging, or Africa Day celebrations attended by high-level provincial politicians, Yeoville in Joburg maintains its grotesque place in South Africa’s new urban imagination. I saw this ironically play out on well-meaning groups on social media, set up over [...]

Breaking the Silence of Lynchings in America

  It is, to remember Gil Scott Heron, winter in America. The extremist right is in the ascendency, as is fascism.  The fear that the American government will kill African-Americans is deep seated in the black soul.  It was a reality under President Barack Obama – from Ferguson to Cleveland to Tulsa – and is set to continue [...]

A Deadening Democracy: From Polokwane to #Sona2017

The events inside and around parliament on February 9 — the violent ejecting of opposition Economic Freedom Fighters from the legislature, the pepper-spraying of guests in the public gallery, the repression of journalists, the deployment of the army on the streets of Cape Town, the thuggish behaviour of ANC MPs —  should not have surprised [...]

The Amnesiac Leaders of the ‘Neverlution’

  As South African universities ready for the new academic year — and potentially renewed conflict between students and university managements and government – Himal Ramji questions the narrow authoritarianism creeping into the Fees Must Fall movement    The beginning of 2016 saw growing ferment at South African universities. By October, universities across the country had shut down. Re-opening dates [...]