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Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Where were you when Chris Hani was killed?

On the day he died, i was in our flat on grafton and minors in yeoville. my dad called. i turned on the TV to hear the worst news. i remember being quite hysterical, laughing, not because i thought it was funny. somehow, tears seemed too little and my emotions were confused. i...

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Little Stan Greenberg is Dead

A dear friend and former colleague, Andy Davis, used to giggle at the sight of Stan Greenberg and I rushing through the hallowed halls of Shell House (the ANC’s former headquarters) together and talking numbers and strategy....

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Invisible Jason Russell

CBC radio 1’s Jian Ghomeshi conducted a “rare” interview with Jason Russell of KONY2012 fame this week. Russell, who is on some kind of media tour (he indulged the most prominent British media outlet in an interview...

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Peter Beinart went to South Africa

The next time Peter Beinart, who wrote a post on “The Israel Debate in South Africa” for The Daily Beast, visits South Africa, he ought to spend more time, with more people, getting a deeper sense of the...

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Canada and the cover of whiteness

It was in Yeoville sometime in the 1990s that a ‘spook’ from South Africa’s now ruling party, the ANC, with whom I was acquainted began asking me questions about my father.  My family had migrated to Canada,...

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Hope Floats

The Globe and Mail ran with an article this weekend titled “In case you missed it: This is the African Century”. If anyone is getting excited by the sarcasm oozing from the headline, anticipating a scathing critique...

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

The Vershtunkende Toronto Zoo

The sprawling Toronto Zoo clearly never heard about the controversy surrounding the German Augsburg Zoo’s experience of setting up an “African village” in the summer of 2005. If they had, perhaps they would’ve been more circumspect before...

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

First as tragedy, then as farce

What is it with the conviction, that you can save yourself and the world by shopping? Last week the tony Canadian chain, Holt Renfrew, began selling “the bag that can change the world.” For just $50, consumers...

Monday, February 6th, 2012

More Benetton Politics

I swore I wasn’t going to add a thing to the discussion about the idiotic poster campaign by the student/youth wing of South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance about a future non-racial love-fest. I have remained shtum (yiddish...

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Biko’s Son

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio 1’s program, The Current, this morning interviewed 40 year old Nkosinathi Biko about South Africa’s progress (and his dad's legacy) 22 years after the unbanning of liberation movements (2 February 1990).

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Mandela and the ANC

Nelson Mandela elicits divergent, incorrect and unrealistic reactions among his detractors and supporters.

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Fly-by-night Journalism

At best they express an acute deficiency in generosity. A little worse is the ignorant display of ahistory. But the most irritating for me of specially the (UK) Guardian’s pre-ANC centenary commentary is the inability...