How Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters drive political conversations in South Africa.
The pain caused by the South African Apartheid government has been widely recorded. But we may not have heard the half of it.
Reporting on protests in poor communities where the mainstream media lacks, social media picks up the slack. This isn’t always a good thing.
If media claims to be a tool for deepening democracy and development in Africa, why is it necessary for protesters to resort to burning and barricading?
Professor Sampie Terreblanche, who passed away at 84 on February 17, 2018, was one of South Africa’s foremost political economists.
South African students have confronted us with a range of political, economic and intellectual questions to be answered – not merely posed a problem that needs to be managed.
History reminds us that the past is not something that can or should be left behind. Rather, we are morally obliged to keep reflecting on them.
Journalism on and about the continent tends to veer between the extremes of neglect or stereotype on the one end, and touristic exoticism on the other.
What role should media play in the midst of controversial cultural expressions, like songs that address racist violence by white farmers against their workers in South Africa?
That old excuse of ‘We didn’t know’ (previously also heard as ‘Ons het nie geweet nie’ and ‘Wir haben es nicht gewuszt’) may be factually accurate, but it is never an ethical defense.
Herman Wasserman, at the site of the funeral of postapartheid South Africa’s founder, Nelson Mandela, contemplates Mandela’s legacy for his children.
Barbecuing may be the perfect activity to remind South Africa that inequality is the first heritage we need to overcome.
South Africa’s mainstream media has a blindspot: It mostly covers crime as it affects the suburbs and whites. No wonder the readers are misinformed.
On a visit to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city, academic Herman Wasserman gets reminded of home and how people perceive him.
The long-held and widespread attitudes some South African journalists share about the struggle for liberation.
The story of Happy Sindane, the lost white boy, who put a lie to South Africa’s rainbow shibboleths.
Middle class South African inertia and the police murder of activist Andries Tatane during a protest in town in the Free State province.
The deadly serious games of J M Coetzee’s novel about the transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa, ‘Disgrace.’
The UK Observer, despite its best attempts, does not have its finger on the pulse of the South African literary scene. The World Cup didn’t help.
Bok van Blerk’s new music video mines familiar racist tropes of starving, diseased children in a war-torn African country saved by a blonde heroine and her white male companion.