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25 Years Since Errol Tobias’ Debut Changed the Complexion of Springbok Rugby

  s debates about transformation in South African rugby rage, it is perhaps appropriate to recognize that last month’s incoming Ireland tour represented a significant anniversary in South African sport and a landmark in the country’s rugby history. In May and June 1981, when South Africa found itself a global sporting pariah because of the […]

CONstellations: Appropriation and Inspiration

  The Tiger and the Wolf (Echoes of the Fall Book One) Adrian Tchaikovsky Macmillan arry Potter author J.K. Rowling stirred some controversy recently with her appropriation of the sacred Navajo Skinwalker tradition in backgrounders posted for the movie Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Con readers, hardened to Western generalisations about the […]

‘Exploit the Weak… Work! Consume! Die’: Power and Revolt in Comic Books

  lobal warming means that 2016 in on track to be the hottest year in recorded history. In March, figures released by Oxfam showed that the 62 richest people on Earth own as much as half of the world’s population. Elon Musk has plans to build a ‘direct democracy’ on Mars, when we barely have […]

7 Things You Should Know About Sharing a Bunny Chow

  he bunny chow, arguably the most iconic Durban street food and recently making waves in hip circles in the UK and the US, is at its heart a communal, working-class dish, meant to be shared with another person. However sharing a bunny is an esoteric art with lots of unwritten rules and etiquette – an […]

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 […]