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Caster Semenya’s body is being claimed by self-important armchair pundits
Caster Semenya’s body is being claimed by self-important armchair pundits
BODY LANGUAGENo sooner had the rather unfortunate Sports Illustrated article headlined “Is it fair for Caster Semenya to compete...
SA should choose all public figures the way we're choosing Madonsela's successor
SA should choose all public figures the way we're choosing Madonsela's successor
Something strange happened in South African politics last week, which was not directly connected to the local government elections that have...
Electoral knowledge: Is Steven Friedman the only person in SA who gets the PR system?
Electoral knowledge: Is Steven Friedman the only person in SA who gets the PR system?
WHITE NOISEYou know what the problem with politics is? Too few of us know anything about politics. Or statistics. Or economics. Or anything...
Conquering the "undesirables" — my bumpy, bruising ride to loving myself
Conquering the "undesirables" — my bumpy, bruising ride to loving myself
The earliest memory I have of grappling with the concept of love was at the age of 10 or 11 when I saw expressions of love different from those I had seen at home, where uthando (the isiXhosa word for love, although I think they differ in equivalence...
​Culture clashes over street names disturb the usual harmony of the ConCourt
​Culture clashes over street names disturb the usual harmony of the ConCourt
The harmony that the Constitutional Court presents to the outside world was disturbed recently when members of the court differed vigorously over the...
We need an Armageddon canary but a historian will do ... and the end is not nigh
We need an Armageddon canary but a historian will do ... and the end is not nigh
Is the world going to hell in a handbasket? It’s really hard not to feel that way at the moment. Consider the events of the past three weeks...
It's all about perspective — shifting my gaze to find meaning in the mundane
It's all about perspective — shifting my gaze to find meaning in the mundane
As I was making my way to work one morning last week, I had a vision of fresh vegetables leaving the earth, my hands dusting the black soil from...
​The tribe has spoken: Will Survivor Rio be titillating enough for us to tune in?
​The tribe has spoken: Will Survivor Rio be titillating enough for us to tune in?
FIFTH COLUMNThis year’s Summer Olympics will feature three equestrian events, one of which is titled “equestering eventing”, seemingly...
Investigative journalism increasingly ditched in favour of frantic click-baiting
Investigative journalism increasingly ditched in favour of frantic click-baiting
Journalism is one of the most pretentious industries out there. For one thing, I can’t think of another labour sector — other than...
​Psych the metrics of your soul
​Psych the metrics of your soul
THE FIFTH COLUMNWe at the ministry of silly hats take our duties very seriously. In fact, we like to think of “ministry” in the religious...

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