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‘Township’ is a planet for aliens

A few days ago, Bizcommmunity, an online platform for writings about, amongst other things, content about media, PR and advertising in South Africa published an article riddled with stereotypes. “The township is no longer a foreign land far away and its story is no longer one of the haves and have-nots,” writes one Danette Breitenbach, who has clearly never lived in a township. But the narrative Ms Breitenbach weaves here is not hers alone.

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Born Free Films

In a few months, South Africa’s “born free generation” will cast their ballots in the country’s fifth democratic election for the first time. It’s been 20 years since the apartheid government lost power, and yet the country remains among the most unequal in the world. In Khayelitsha, Cape Town’s fastest growing township, residents are faced with poor sanitation, service delivery and infrastructure, in addition to increasing gang violence. These circumstances–paired with an inadequate education system that fails to prepare students for a future their parents fought for – begs the question: were they really “born free”?

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The Poo Fighters

Around the world, people struggle for adequate, decent toilets. In schools and prisons across the United States, women struggle to find decent and private toilets. Women farm workers struggle and…..

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My favorite photographs N°6: Stanley Lumax

Stanley Lumax (born in New Jersey, US where his parents, Ghanaian immigrants, settled) lives in Brooklyn. He has made a name for himself photographing hip hop and basketball culture. In…..

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Freedom's in the Toilet

Ahead of local government elections in South Africa–scheduled for May–the Democratic Alliance, which governs Cape Town and the Western Cape, spins about its “service delivery successes.” Of course they’re taking…..

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Khayelitsha Blues

South African guitar duo Warongx are two of several artists portrayed in The Creators documentary. Above is an excerpt. By the same makers of the great Invisible Sessions.

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BANTU EDUCATION

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…..