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Reflections on SA’s Constitutional Democracy

  This keynote address, “Reflections on South African Constitutional Democracy – Transition and Transformation” was given by Deputy Chief Justice  Dikgang Moseneke at the Mistra-Tmali-Unisa conference, 20 Years of Democracy: So Where To Now? on November 12, 2014.   Introduction and salutations I salute you all distinguished people of our great country. I am grateful to […]

Dumbo Democracies

  “… There are too many idiots in this world. And having said it, I have the burden of proving it.” ― Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks   Had Frantz Fanon lived to see the candidates in our upcoming general elections, he would have had very little trouble proving correct his pessimism about the […]

Homophobia and Gender Violence: Time of the Writer 2014

  The shocking incidence of gender violence in South Africa and the rising tide of homophobia in Africa were recurring themes at the 2014 Time of the Writer Festival in Durban last week. The festival, now in its 17th year, was hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The tone was set […]

To Russia, With Love

On the 7th July 1896 the Lumière brothers screened six soundless films at the Watson Hotel in Bombay as part of their roadshow which included performances by magicians. Dhundiraj Govind Phalke (Dadasaheb Phalke), the newly widowed artist and printer, shared the fin de siècle Victorian fascination with the novel and bizarre was an eager part of […]