Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon

Humanitarian crisis close to home

Migrants face a multitude of health issues in Jozi inner city.

A landscape of leftovers

Like weeds growing through cracks, Jo Ractliffe's photos draw attention to Angolan war history

Swimming on the Square

After dusk on Saturday February 21, the FNB Dance Umbrella opens with Screen Factor 8. Directed and choreographed by Sue Pam-Grant, produced by Blue Moon and featuring the Moving Into Dance Mophatong Performance Company, the piece is a large-scale, 20-minute-long multi-media production, writes Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon.

Arts festival kicks off in celebratory mood

"Arts festivals are about discovery, about exploration ... I want everyone here to have fun," said Pallo Jordan at the opening of the National Arts Festival. "Let us have a good time. Look at things. See how others see us and perhaps we'll discover something about ourselves in an environment and in a context in which we're enjoying ourselves." Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon was there.

Sabbagha’s new piece strong but repetitive

With a six-person cast, <i>There's No Room in This Bed</i> managed to squeeze in examinations of the power dynamics of personal relationships, but at times the piece battles to find its voice. Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon reviews.

The intensity of approaching death

Reza de Wets's imaginative landscape is instantly recognisable, writes Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon of the striking and lingering <i>Breathing In</i>.

Strong idea, laboured dynamics

Sophocles's classic is rearticulated in a context of terrorism, Aids and globalisation in Antigone. John Kani stars. Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon reviews.

Love in the time of cattle

<i>Nguni: A Love Story</i> explores some of the tensions between the rights of women and some aspects of Zulu tradition in today's climate. Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon reviews.

Growing pains

Significant developments are underway to integrate Grahamstown's impoverished periphery into the National Arts Festival, both economically and culturally. Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon takes to the townships in search of the other National Arts Festival.

Moving on up

In the industrial landscape around the Johannesburg inner city, about 24 000 migrant men live in single-sex hostels. A further 15 000 men and women live in informal settlements. Sixty-eight percent of the men and 80% of the women unemployed. But a programme called Mpilonhle-Mpilonde is upgrading the quality of life in hostels and informal settlements through group-based learning.

The unfinished business of equality

Ten years into our democracy, gender inequity remains a challenge. Since 1994 we have seen significant changes in policy development that reflect the government's commitment to responding to this challenge. But implementation of progressive policies has been uneven and the high levels of unemployment, HIV/Aids and sexual violence against women have created a dire situation that government departments have struggled to respond to.

‘The system has not changed’

''Now, you have black faces riding in limousines along with white faces. But, the social and economic system has not changed, maybe even gotten worse.'' Linguist Noam Chomsky has become a leading dissident voice in the United States. He talks exclusively to the M&G.

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