To Shear or Not to Shear: How the SA Sheep Shearing Championships Unravelled

A dispute over prize money led to the last-minute cancellation of the South African national sheep shearing championships. The Con was there to find out what happened. The stage had been set, the sheep had been transported from their farms and loaded into pens and the crowds had started to gather. But with just hours to [...]

Suckers

Suckers (in Six Sentences) Jacques Visser was a fourth generation leech-man. For more than 110 years, the Vissers had harvested leeches from the swamps of St. Lucia, and had developed a reputation amongst the South African medical community for quality bloodletting. Unfortunately, when it came time for Jacques to take over the family enterprise, bloodletting [...]

Of Grandmasters, Sexual Identity and Lesotho’s First Feature Film – Peter Machen Talks About the Durban International Film Festival

With its range of documentary and feature films from around the world and its role as a continental film market and laboratory, the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) is one of the most important film festivals in Africa – certainly in South Africa. Peter Machen was recently announced as the festival’s new manager, Niren Tolsi [...]

The New Black Panther Party and the PAC: A Brotherhood of Convenience

The New Black Panther Party was in South Africa recently. Kwanele Sosibo is still trying to figure out whether the movement can be anything more than divisive. The press release was unfortunate in its selection of quotes. It announced the New Black Panther Party’s tour of Soweto on the morning of March 22 – a [...]

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