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” [...]

The Human Hopes of October 1917 Revisited: On the Russian Revolution’s Centenary

  by Michael Neocosmos   The extraordinary events in Russia in October 1917, and their aftermath, shaped much of the last century. A hundred years on it is imperative to ask whether the failure of that experiment necessarily means that we are condemned to live within the escalating barbarism of hypercapitalism, or whether the Russian [...]

What Does Your Choice of Bunny Chow Say About You?

Who needs Jungian archetypes when you can have Bunnyian archetypes? Are you more chicken bunny than broad beans bunny? And what does your preference say about you? The Con’s resident bunny chow scholar, Pravasan Pillay, continues his long-term study of this iconic South African street food. 1. Quarter Mutton Bunny: You’re conventional. If you’re over thirty you’re either [...]

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