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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 [...]

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. [...]

Extract: The Chronicles of Nonyana the Bird alias Ntwana the Kid

  It’s festive term again police evacuate tramps from beaches, parks and passageways for the ease and security of tourists & revellers my friend Theliweni says it’s a lofty project these folks bring money to the city we hobos shall benefit a lot from the trickle-down effect for now we must hustle thirty bucks a [...]

Zimbabwe’s Blood Diamonds

  The phrase “resource curse” has been used to describe a state of affairs in which a mineral-it is usually a mineral-that should benefit a country becomes the chief means of its damnation. Think of petroleum in Nigeria; and diamonds, coltan and other minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In recent years, Zimbabwe has [...]