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Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

S’manga Khumalo is the first black jockey to win South Africa’s richest horse race

Last week in the ambiant background of grey area internet streams, the corner of my eye was constricted by a black man riding a bike in France. I recalled a rider from Guadaloupe competing in Le Tour a year or two ago, but here was an altogether more agressive gearmasher. Kévin Reza had broken away from

Monday, January 28th, 2013

What We Learned From Day 8 Of The 2013 African Cup of Nations

Where the icy Benguela and toasty Agulhas currents collide, a rich, productive football ecosystem can emerge. This was especially true today where two stadiums, the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth and the Moses Mabhiba Stadium...

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

What we learn from day seven of the 2013 African Cup of Nations

That was a duel between Zambia and Nigeria. Two equally matched opponents facing each other in the Mbombela Stadium. Each team intent on gaining that certain satisfaction. The Super Eagles wanted to cut down the Champions. The...

Friday, January 25th, 2013

What We Learn From Day Six Of Afcon 2013

Referees are known to ruin games waving red cards. An early red card in the game between Ghana and Mali may have made this a classic. Instead the match competed with the empty rafters for attention. Both...

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

What we learned from day four of Afcon 2013

In the first match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg. Côte d’Ivoire 2 v 1 Togo. Don’t believe the hype about Gervinho’s late winner. It was the much maligned Boubacar Barry who won this for Les Éléphants...

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Ethiopian striker Adane Girma plays for the home team

It is a positive that major cable networks are bothering to relay the results of the African Cup of Nations, though it is a shame their offerings remain annoyingly Eurocentric. After Alain Traoré equalized for Burkina Faso...

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

What We’ve Learned From Day One Of The 2013 African Nations Cup

South Africa’s Bafana Bafana were sloppy and did not take their opponents seriously. It was a woeful display. Cape Verde on the other hand were purposeful and deserved their point. The way coach Lucio Antunes cast a...

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Africa is a Jockey

I want to share the story of an African Jockey, Sean Levey (in the photo above), but a blush biographical blurb about a rising star from Swaziland, particularly when his fresh face, a black face, is such...

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Africa is a Horse

In the ambient stale haze of my father’s fags, among the empties and forlorn pages of racing print stained in stout, I have found myself glancing through the debris of an afternoon’s handicapping, pausing at the almost...

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

In Search of Maputo

David Patrick Lane writes on 'Searching for Pancho', a short film by South African filmmaker Christopher Bisset about the work of Pancho Guedes, perhaps the most renowned of all building designers -- about five hundred structures all...

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

If you’re not on TV, you don’t exist

This commercial is currently saturating terrestrial British TV channels. BMW shows off new wheels on sanitized streets of Cape Town. Narrator likes to work hard, play rough. Don’t like black coffee. Brother Freddy is a model. He...