Robyn Sassen

A freelance arts writer since 1998, I fell in love with the theatre as a toddler, proved rubbish as a ballerina: my starring role was as Mrs Pussy in Noddy as a seven-year-old, and earned my stripes as an academic in Fine Arts and Art History, in subsequent years. I write for a range of online and print publications, including the Sunday Times, the Mail & Guardian and artslink.co.za and was formerly the arts editor of the SA Jewish Report, a weekly newspaper with which I was associated for 16 years. This blog promises you new stories every week, be they reviews, profiles, news stories or features.

Imizwilili zika Nolufefe ‘Fefe’ Mtshabe

Chorister and opera singer Nolufefe Mtshabe inspired hundreds of pupils to uphold her legacy

SA genocide museum opens

Permanent exhibition elements are arranged to immerse visitors fully in the experience

Nita Spilhaus in the Cape: More than a picture book

Few South African art-lovers will recognise her name, but Nita Spilhaus's work from the 1920s is like a breath of fresh air, writes Robyn Sassen

Holocaust fantasies distort truth

‘Final Solution’ balances stories of Nazi Germany and the extermination of Europe’s Jews and reveals the treatment meted out to them post-World War II

Sylvia Glasser dances to her own drum

Sylvia Glasser dared to dream the impossible during the dark days of apartheid and radically altered the landscape of SA contemporary dance.

JAG puts on show of a lifetime

The gallery is staging six exhibitions to celebrate its centenary but its future is not without problems.

An outsider’s bare act of defiance

A genderqueer artist is going boldly, goldly naked to trumpet the sacred human form.

JH Pierneef’s people-less power

One cannot ­dissociate Pierneef from ­Nationalist politics but his work ­defies easy ­categorisation and kneejerk condemnation.

Q&A Luyanda Sidiya: The seeds dance sows

Siva is an electric dance into the notion of what god is, courtesy of Standard Bank’s Young Artist winner.

Roger Cohen: We are all party to a family’s tale

The New York Times columnist remembers the life of his family in South Africa, particularly his mother June, the girl from Human Street.

Peter Schütz’s carved celestial creatures

Peter Schütz’s sculptures are not only aesthetically brilliant, they also have the power to evoke a belief in the Omnipotent.

Getting a rise out of Croissants

Jemma Kahn explains how the bawdy, basic and dark storytelling theatre came into being.

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Absa Rewards puts cash in your pocket

In addition to the cash benefits, you will receive special offers and exclusive deals from selected Absa Rewards partners

Municipal audit outcomes reveal public sector financial management must be professionalised

SAICA calls for a review of the mandatory minimum skills and qualifications required for all key financial management positions within the public sector

Eleven ways to protect yourself against fraud

While financial services firms work continuously to improve security, fraudsters are always devising new plans to circumvent the latest safety measures

Security and Compliance Evolution in the Data Revolution

Organisations must adopt a risk-based approach to compliance and rely on technology to mitigate that risk and on people and process controls as well

Covid-19 vs Child Nutrition

Children are being impacted severely across the world because of things such as reduced immunisation as health services prioritise treating Covid-19 cases

MTN’s network innovation sees 5G launched at 100 sites countrywide

MTN South Africa has launched its widely accessible 5G network – the first of MTN’s 21 operations across Africa and the Middle East

Economic ramifications of Covid-19

There is an opportunity for business and government in collaboration to galvanise and work together, and present ourselves as a viable destination for investment

BCX empowers its finance staff with professional accounting qualifications

'For the finance function to go beyond the numbers we need to be professional and we cannot leave out the financial control experts'

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