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A Chatsworth Smorgasbord

  Pravasan Pillay samples a selection of food from some of Chatsworth’s takeaways, restaurants and market stalls. I spent three weeks in my hometown of Chatsworth, Durban over the December holidays and apart from over-indulging in tonnes of home-made food and braais at my mother’s, friends’, and families’ homes, I also sampled a small selection [...]

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 [...]

I Am Your Boyfriend’s Lover

  by Anonymous I remember the day I lost, and she won. It was always going to be that way: a titanic, dirty, silent fight between me and her, and there could only be one victor. She knew, even though she didn’t say it until the day the evidence could no longer be denied. Deep [...]

‘To stand with the world at your feet’- Capitalism, Fascism, The Future

  Four Futures: Life After Capitalism by Peter Frase (Verso, 2016) Vertical: The City from Satellites to Bunkers by Stephen Graham (Verso, 2016) Around the time of the 2016 US Elections Florian Philippot, chief strategist of France’s virulently racist Front National party, jubilantly tweeted “their world is collapsing, ours is being built”. This was an [...]