AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

The Naked Woman on Nelson Mandela Square

On Monday, a woman walked towards the giant Mandela statue at Nelson Mandela square in Sandton, Johannesburg and stripped naked until security guard came to remove her as demonstrated in the cellphone images that were captured and distributed on social media by bystanders. It is not clear who this woman is or why she did

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

‘Race jokes’ in South Africa

South African advertising is known for its eagerness for political commentary; very little ends up being off-limits. Blink Stefanus, or BS Beer (the double meaning for ‘bullshit’ being an obvious choice) is no exception. In September this year the...

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Running with white people

Two weeks ago, I was part of a 20 000 person strong crowd that participated in the Sophomore Nike Run Jozi. The first one was a 10km run (with an extra kilometer or so) through the Johannesburg...

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

“THE AFRICA THEY NEVER SHOW YOU”

I’d be interested to hear people’s responses to this video that try to counter Western stereotypes of African economic and social life with its own selective, glossy images of a largely urbanized, clean, ordered–oddly without any people–Africa....