Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
In May South Africans go to the polls to vote for new local councils. With few surprises, the result should be predictable. But the parties are going through the electioneering motions. This includes coming up with election songs. Something people can dance to while you make promises from the stage. They all did the
Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
Ray Hartley, The Times (South Africa) editor, interviews Jeremy Cronin, top intellectual and currently Minister of Transport in South Africa. Via The Wild Frontier (Hartley’s blog)
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
If you’re in the US tonight and you’re close to a TV, watch Egyptian filmmaker Jihan Al-Tahri’s documentary film, “Behind the Rainbow” (trailer above), about the years between the South African ANC’s unbanning in 1990, the...
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, is trying it’s hand at fashion. Check out the first jacket, a hideous number, labeled as, presumably, Jacob Zuma’s favorite attire. Serious.
Monday, October 5th, 2009
Instead of another story on the white refugee crisis, “The New York Times” recently did some real reporting on the state of education for the majority of the country’s black schoolchildren. And they did not just blame...
Sunday, October 4th, 2009
Last week three people were killed and scores of others injured or left homeless in attacks on members of a poor squatters movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo, outside the country’s third-largest city, Durban. The attackers shouted: “‘The AmaMpondo...