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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Fresh (Con)tent