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Does Saru Care About Transformation? – The Southern Kings As Case Study

At some point every rational-thinking South African rugby fan has to ask themselves this question; does the South African Rugby Union (Saru) actually care about transformation? Sure, all kinds of noises are made about transforming this sport we love, so that it can be more representative of South Africa –  but is Saru just talking the talk, or are they […]

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 […]

(Im)perfect: Race, Identity and the Making of Hashim Amla

  Hashim Amla has arrived. His back-lift to gully now appears the sort of lazy flourish that bored twelve-year-olds develop because they are staggeringly superior to their opposition, rather than the defect that presumed he wouldn’t cut it at international level early on in his career. That twirl of a back-lift is now brought down to […]

The Truest Fans Are the Hooligans, the Madmen and the Bigots

Has Vilane Mkhwanazi consigned the vuvuzela to the dustbin of South African football culture? Unfortunately not. Last Saturday in Durban, during a game between Kaizer Chiefs and Golden Arrows, the militant young Amakhosi fan attempted to repurpose the world-renowned instrument of aural terror as a blunt instrument of corporal punishment. His intended victim was referee […]

Mandela Caught in UK Football Fascism Scandal

To be a fascist or not to be a fascist? How the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Sunderland Football Club dealt with the fascism scandal South Africa’s ailing former President Nelson Mandela has been caught up in the debate around whether new Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio is a facist or not. Last Saturday Sunderland celebrated […]