Dennis Webster

Dennis Webster has a research background in labour, land and housing. He writes about cities, farmwork and popular politics in rural areas.

Xolobeni activist receives death threat

In an environment where activism against mining is becoming increasingly deadly, Nonhle Mbuthuma’s life may be at risk

Covid-19 exacerbates old electricity struggle

The coronavirus lockdown has added new dimensions to a decades-long struggle for electricity in the far west of Soweto, where residents have challenged the situation fiercely in recent weeks

Relocation rears its head: Bringing de-densification home in Alexandra

About 1 600 families in the Stjwetla shack settlement in Alexandra, Johannesburg are standing on the verge of seismic change. This is one of their stories

Early-morning exercise: Jo’burg’s three golden hours

Under level four of the Covid-19 lockdown, the hours from 6am to 9am became the time when inner-city residents could use local parks to escape the nightmare around them

What happened to the Covid-19 special grant?

The newly established grant intended to bring informal economy workers into South Africa’s social security net during the lockdown has had a disastrous start

Not all of Jo’burg’s street traders can sell their wares under lockdown

Street traders are central to food security in Johannesburg. But since being declared an essential service under lockdown, street trade in South Africa’s biggest city has returned to uneven ground

SA’s richest 3 500 own more than the bottom 32-million

When people call South Africa the most unequal country in the world, they’re talking about income. Now, we have a clear picture of how unequally the country’s wealth is distributed

Alexandra’s black market for booze under lockdown

Underground liquor has a long history in South Africa. Its next chapter is being written under the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown

Jo’burg’s public transport systems not ready yet for coronavirus

Early studies suggest that the Covid-19 can survive up to three days in droplets that are coughed or sneezed on to surfaces

Moving towards undoing Joburg’s spatial apartheid

The Nodal Review might transform South Africa’s biggest city. Implementing the new policy, which has the potential to open wealthy suburbs to impoverished residents, is the challenge

Seven lean years in the Northern Cape

As the Karoo hopes for an end to its worst drought in a generation, the region’s history may hold important lessons for its future

Ferrero workers challenge zero hours contracts

Chocolate factory workers say employment contracts without guaranteed working hours have had devastating consequences for their lives. Now, they’re fighting back

Press Releases

Touching lives through innovation

Africa has a high youth population that adapts to technology quickly, and this phenomenon is something which should be taken advantage of

Festive Reading

In The Whistleblowers, Mandy Wiener talks to a wide range of the people who have revealed corruption and malfeasance in government and business

Centre for Women & Gender Studies

The CWGS aims to resuscitate the histories of African women from all walks of life in an intellectual cleansing/ukuhlambulula of her story

Greening the Future

The awards are a way of encouraging progress and celebrating those who wake up every day and work to make this country a better more sustainable place

Failing to learn the lessons? The impact of Covid-19 on a Broken and Unequal Education System

If the president was serious about fixing basic education, he would appoint his most competent minister with a powerful mandate to start fixing it

National Science and Technology Forum

It's an independent SETI platform, an essential element of an active democracy and an important part of the collaboration process needed in SETI

Milestones over the NSTF’s 25-year history

The organisation celebrates its Silver Jubilee as an established player in the NSI and as promoter and influencer of SET and innovation in South Africa

Huawei Cloud’s Year-End Sales Carnival

Massive discounts on hot cloud services are on offer along with special coupons and other privileges, but hurry, supplies are limited!