Nnedi Okorafor’s novel ‘The Book of Phoenix’ is a fantasy rooted in African reality

Power, revenge and metaphors fan the flames in Nnedi Okorafor’s superhuman novel.

Classic Mieville takes us into a partly known world

A recurring image in China Mieville’s 140-page novella

Close encounters with alien sex

Alien relations served writer Alice Bo Sheldon well as a metaphor for the gender obtuseness and sexual obsessions of dominant human males on Earth.

Lunar novels in vastly different orbits

Frank Schatzing's Limit is a tautly-written blockbuster while Ian MacDonald's Luna - New Moon is a dark fantasy, writes Gwen Ansell.

Break Damascus bread in Jozi

A refugee family is producing traditional Syrian Pita bread and pastries for the South African market.

Salim Washington: Reedman blows fire and tears

Violence and murder – of Marikana miners and foreigners – inspired works by saxophonist Salim Washington

‘General’ Liu Cixin deserves highest rank

Fascinating arguments and ideas combined with a taut narrative tension make prize-winning novel by eminent author hard to put down.

REVIEW: Poetry that flays the senses

Lesego Rampolokeng’s latest collection reveals a poet who is ­adept at harsh, harrowing ­imagery and flights of sonic beauty.

Cape Town Jazz Fest 2016: Line up promises to dazzle fans

Some local jazz heavyweights and a clutch of crowd pullers are setting the right tone for next year's festival.

Tigerman: Escape from the genredarmes

Speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy, thriller – who cares about genres when the writing is as good as in the novels reviewed here.

William Parker: Back to bass licks

As the bassist prepares for his Joy of Jazz show, Gwen Ansell unpacks the musician's life and the label “avant-garde”, which he has been linked to.

The word is out: Pratchett lives

Following Terry Pratchett's death, Gwen Ansell pays tribute to a writer whose scale of vision and literary skill has made him a legend.

Press Releases

The online value of executive education in a Covid-19 world

Executive education courses further develop the skills of leaders in the workplace

Sisa Ntshona urges everyone to stay home, and consider travelling later

Sisa Ntshona has urged everyone to limit their movements in line with government’s request

SAB Zenzele’s special AGM postponed until further notice

An arrangement has been announced for shareholders and retailers to receive a 77.5% cash payout

20th Edition of the National Teaching Awards

Teachers are seldom recognised but they are indispensable to the country's education system

Awards affirm the vital work that teachers do

Government is committed to empowering South Africa’s teachers with skills, knowledge and techniques for a changing world

SAB Zenzele special AGM rescheduled to March 25 2020

New voting arrangements are being made to safeguard the health of shareholders

Dimension Data launches Saturday School in PE

The Gauteng Saturday School has produced a number of success stories