Live TV broadcasts of political rallies, funerals and press conferences, may be more decisive than social media in shaping mass debate in South Africa.
In Cape Town, gangs have come to dominate social and economic life for the city’s mostly coloured working class.
South African politics urgently needs an injection of electoral energy from the left, that speaks in a language that resonates with voters, rejects chauvinism and embraces democracy.
A good time to bring back this piece—first written in 2002—on the power of song to fuel political struggle.
In 2018, we hope to continue translating scholarly debates and high-level political and cultural analyses into accessible language.
South Africa’s problems are no longer specific to the apartheid legacy, but about more global issues of poverty and inequality.
Two of Africa’s standout talents at Russia 2018–Moussa Wague and Francis Uzoho–were shaped by a football academy in Qatar. A new book tells that story.
We are exploring the culture and history of the World Cup for the next month while the tournament goes on.
Sergio Ramos’ injury to Mohamed Salah in the 2018 UEFA Champion’s League final set him up for a world of insults from Egyptian football fans.
Reporting on protests in poor communities where the mainstream media lacks, social media picks up the slack. This isn’t always a good thing.
Engaging seriously with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s life could help us understand how South Africa got where it is and where it’s going.
For months, we have been threatening to launch a new website. Well, now it’s here!
The plot of Drake’s music video for “God’s Plan” is him giving him out money to the poor. What was he trying to say?
Jacob Zuma’s nearly decade long regime competed with Thabo Mbeki as the worst presidency of South Africa’s short post-apartheid order.
An interview with the South African director and writer of ‘Five Fingers for Marseilles,’ a Western set in that country, and starring an all black cast.
All things equal, we should have a new website within the next couple of weeks.
Ten post-independence, pre-coup struggle songs that critiqued ZANU-PF under Mugabe and imagined a leadership change and different political culture.
A film about the separate, and often connected, journeys of two Somali footballers, also refugees, to make it as footballers.