A Commission of Inquiry into State Capture: Lessons from Marikana

Naadira Munshi &  Bhavna Ramji With President Zuma dithering in appointing a commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture, the Democratic Alliance have asked the High Court in Pretoria to declare that he has failed to comply with one of the prescripts of the Public Protector’s State of Capture report.  The Quaker Peace Centre, the FW […]

The Poets of the Black Consciousness Era

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Steve Biko, leader of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa. Mwelela Cele looks at the role this movement played in shaping South Africa’s literary history. It all began with the Sharpeville massacre of 21 March 1960 when white police gunned down unarmed black demonstrators: […]

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Songs about Home

   hate having to tell people where I’m from. Home, like time I believe, is an unnecessary construct. By way of convention, Cape Town would be ‘home’ for me. I grew up there, my parents live there and I met some of my closest friends there. Put me there for more than a week, however, […]

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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 […]

Being Human After 1492

  the ghost arm of history/still throttling me – Safiya Sinclair, “Notes on the State of Virginia, II”, Cannibal, 2016 n 2 January 1492, Muhammad XII of Granada conceded defeat to Isabella and Ferdinand, the Catholic monarchs of Portugal and Spain. His surrender came after ten years of war and marked the end of almost […]

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Songs about Home

June 5, 2017