Tag Archives: Rhodes University

Remembering a Quiet Son of the Struggle

January 18 marks the birthday of the late Jakes Gerwel — an academic, intellectual, activist and non-racialist — who as vice-chancellor of the University of the Western Cape proved  a thorn in side of apartheid before going on to serve his country as director-general to South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela. A man who his friend, the poet Antjie [...]

Photographing at the International Library of African Music

  n July 2015, I visited the International Library of African Music, or ILAM, in Grahamstown, South Africa for the first time. I had approached Diane Thram, ILAM’s director, in 2013 about a proposal to photograph their 78 rpm record collection. I was looking to expand on a project to visually document every South African [...]

Living Politics in Grahamstown

  While students (pictured) took to the streets of Grahamstown to protest against fees hikes and for the transformation of Rhodes University, xenophobic violence and looting by residents of nearby townships was meted out to Muslim shop-owners of various nationalities, Sanele Ntshingana and Paddy O’ Halloran investigated the latter’s effects (Photograph: Kate Janse van Rensburg) The room is [...]