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A Dignified Space in Phakamisa

  “There is a snake that lives in Phakamisa,” says Awonke Yali (27) who goes by the nickname MacGyver. His friends, a group of mostly teenagers with a handful of twentysomethings, laugh at his quip. “A three-headed snake,” adds one with a grin. “You laugh, but at night when you are sleeping in your bed, […]

Copyrighting Liberation

  Who owns the rights to the legacy of 1976?   There’s a touch of bitterness that runs through Sam Nzima as he once again takes questions on possibly the most iconic South African photograph. On 16 June 1976, Nzima was on assignment for The World newspaper in Soweto covering the students’ march when police […]

Art in a Time of Xenophobia

  Out of the estimated 2.2 million immigrants living in South Africa, 46% are from Southern African Development Community (SADC) nations. As South Africa emerges from yet another spate of xenophobic violence, it’s unsettling to know that most of that merciless violence was inflicted upon our direct neighbours. Since the news broke, the warranted outcry […]

Not Gay as in Happy, Queer as in Fuck You

  The Not Gay as in Happy, Queer as in Fuck You film festival opens tomorrow at The Bioscope in Johannesburg. The Con’s Dean Hutton is curating the festival, so we got the lowdown on what to expect.   The Con: How did the Not Gay as in Happy, Queer as in Fuck You film […]