Monday, October 7th, 2013

The political arrest of Bandile Mdlalose

“Normally it is seen that the poor are poor in mind and that everything needs to be thought for us. But poverty is not stupidity; it is a lack of money. And we always remind people that the same system that made the rich rich has made the poor poor. We are still fighting to

Monday, April 15th, 2013

What the post-racials are looking for in South Africa

April marks the springtime festival of fertility and harvest, Holi, which is celebrated throughout northern India. Because Holi is a yearly event that includes a large amount of revelry, without the obvious presence of the sacred, it’s...

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Dear Mandela, …

Midway through ‘Dear Mandela’, Mazwi Nzimande, one of its young protagonists, is rallying a crowd. He’s young, nervous. He looks down at his hands as he takes the microphone, wearing his organisation’s trademark red t-shirt. “We are...

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Walking on water

From the Otelo Burning soundtrack (we still owe the soundtrack a review), here’s ‘Walk on Water’ by Reason. The film about a group of young South African surfers, set in 1989, comes with an official mixtape.

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

This is democracy

In Durban, South Africa, “shackdwellers are taking their municipality to court. The government evicted poor residents from their homes … … and threw them into transit camps, where...

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Cape Town is ‘the most dangerous’ city in Africa

In the latest of those ubiquitous lists/rankings floating around the web, a Mexican research group has listed the world's most dangerous cities based on homicide rates. Most of the top candidates are listed from Central and South...

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Film Review: ‘Fool in a Bubble’

By Bronwynne Pereira Guest Blogger Fool in a Bubble, a film, produced and directed by Joshua Sternlicht, is a contributory piece of documentary narratives that assists us further in understanding the constructions of Whiteness in South Africa....

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

People’s Culture

Priceless footage of 1980s Community Arts Project in Durban, which, according to one of the founders, artist Bruno Brincat, was “… an idealistic arts project that was ahead of its time and got nixed by...

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 are...