Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon

Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon is a lecturer in anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand and a research associate of the Migration and Health Project Southern Africa.

Johannesburg cannot police its future

South Africa’s biggest city is ground zero for debates about the long-term effectiveness and constitutionality of militarised urban policing and how we imagine the post-Covid city

SA could learn from Brazil when it comes to protests

The fall from World Cup fever to presidential skulduggery has been swift in both countries.

Jo’burg hills are alive with visions

While the job of spirit medium is hardly new, it has been given currency by the survival difficulties encountered by the city's migrant population.

Litfest 2013: Migration is a tale that knows no bounds

Behind an apparently amorphous multitude are distinct ­individuals, each with a particular mission.

Moving art makes city’s spine tingle

An innovative festival takes audiences through Jo'burg and brings fairy-tale fantasies to life.

Not everyone sees the light

The recent launch of expansion plans for the Maboneng precinct raises the question: Just who will be left out of the inner-city plan?

A history of violence and elusive hope

An analysis of a deadly mine conflict in 1994 offers clues to the origins of the Marikana tragedy.

Evicted Somali traders cry foul

Foreigners in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, allege that the local council is working hand in glove with local business people to shut down their shops.

The structure of terror

Suburbanites' fears are defining the architecture of Johannesburg.

Fragments of unity on Africa Day

"Afrique, Afrique, Afrique!" cried Tumi Molekane of Tumi and the Volume, ending an electric hip-hop set at the Africa Day celebrations in Newtown.

Foreign traders are fair game

The Freedom Park housing settlement on the outskirts of Eldorado Park has become the centre of xenophobic mobilisation in Gauteng.

Minister of music mixing the sounds of the south

Gilberto Gil, one of Brazil's best-known musicians, landed on South African tarmac last week.

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Introducing Greening the Future 2020

We highlight the work of those accelerating sustainable living in SA – at a vital moment for the environment

Western Cape SMBs look to technology to get them through pandemic

Many companies have over-capitalised on IT infrastructure in the past, and are looking for ways to access simpler, cheaper technology that cuts their costs

Land reform still a hot potato

The land has got to belong to all the people of South Africa, and many believe that there’s no other mechanism for that except expropriation

UP chemical pathology scientists develop ground-breaking nanobodies for Covid-19 detection and therapy

Nanobodies are smaller than conventional antibodies and easier to work with so they are ideal for good cheap sensitive rapid tests for Covid-19

Inclusion as learned experience in higher education

Understanding the complexity of intersections between oppressions relating to race and gender is key to any commitment to creating a culture of inclusion and social justice

Local government in crisis: how it can be fixed

Local governments are supposed to promote non-racial development, in a decentralised manner, but the reality does not match up

Covid-19 accelerates adoption of technology by the African property sector

It’s not the technology itself that is valuable, it’s the opportunities that it creates: this may be the perfect time for reinvention