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Buildings with humans at their heart

South Africa’s architects may be low-key at Venice but their designs are helping correct social injustices

The ANC now shops on Sundays

The doctrine of the ‘broad church’ is increasingly giving way to Darwinian politics

Story of South Africa’s first black Olympians keeps us guessing

A single image shows Len Taunyane and Jan Mashiani took part in the 1904 marathon but it cannot tell their story.

Zapiro’s hurdy-gurdy a no-go show

Colonial tropes still haunt our racially divided society, writes Sean O'Toole.

Migrants: Unexpected guests trapped in time and space

The outsider has always held a fascination for artists and writers, helping to shape our view of those who exist in a state of perpetual transition.

Brett Murray: Small on penises, big on satire

Kicks and pricks aside, can Brett Murray's work ever be read ignoring the brouhaha his Spear painting caused? The short answer: Maybe.

When art and the Bible meet, nothing is sacred

By vandalising the holy text, two South African artists have created a new interpretation of it.

How selfies are changing the way we see ourselves and the world

Even funerals and pilgrimages are falling prey to the compulsion to self-snap, writes Sean O’Toole.

Monstrous shades colours perceptions about role of art

A new sculpture that neatly aligns commercial interests with art and our history has the twitterati frothing about apparent opportunism.

Zooming in on Namibia’s fashionable, young OvaHimba men

Photographer Kyle Weeks’ portraits offer a reconstituted view of the OvaHimba as participants in modern and independent Namibia, writes Sean O'Toole.

The fine art of moulding the essence of cities

Architecture, design, innovation and toilets swirled together in separate international initiatives in Durban and Cape Town.

Liza Lou: Knee-deep in SA’s paradoxes

Working on conceptual projects with traditional beadworkers in Durban has led US artist Liza Lou to re-evaluate her own naivety and hubris.

Press Releases

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!

Get Rewarded for banking with Standard Bank Mobile

Free data for your bank card spend every month will go that extra mile to help keep South Africans connected to their dreams

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