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Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

“Africa rising” and the shifting disease burden

In recent years, there has been increasing attention in academic and policy circles to the problem of non-communicable diseases in Africa. Some have gone so far as to identify a “shifting disease burden,” wherein conditions such as diabetes and hypertension are taking over from HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis as the most serious medical problems facing

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Pretty in Pink

In 2009 the British photographer Araminta de Clermont made a set of portraits of high school seniors (locally known as matrics) in their prom night garb (locally known as matric balls). The subjects were all from the Cape Flats,...

Monday, June 20th, 2011

The inequality of news

Simon Kuper in the FT Weekend, takes shots at “the news,” maybe also at his own newspaper: … ews has become news about rich people. Today’s economic inequality is reflected and driven by inequality of news. Much...

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Kenny Kunene is a Marketing Genius

You have to admire the shameless smarts of Kenny Kunene. In the last two months, the relatively obscure club promoter–unknown before the start of 2011–has assured himself some valuable, free publicity. Who is Kunene? A 40-year old...

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

How to go to the toilet in South Africa

Residents of a shack settlement in Khayelitsha–that’s an area of cheap housing and squatter shacks about 20 miles from the Cape Town’s city center –”were provided communal toilets by the City of Cape Town on condition they...

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Word for Word: Desmond Tutu

I think we are at a bad place in South Africa, and especially when you contrast it with the Mandela era. Many of the things that we dreamt were possible seem to be getting more and more...

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