Tiisetso Makube

Buckets, pits and poverty: How the other half defecates

Life with pit latrines and the bucket system was meant to be a hallmark of the most rural of existences. But Tiisetso Makube found it in his backyard.

Gordimer: Allergic to nonsense, and tired of idiotic questions

Nadine Gordimer's death was a sucker punch for writer and poet Tiisetso Makube.

Nat Nakasa: Writing to the beat of a different drum

As Nat Nakasa's exiled remains head for South Africa's shores, Tiisetso Makube ponders the journalist's literary contribution.

Entitlement conspires with Public Works

The jobs programme further demeans those who won't contribute but take state largesse for granted.

Dispatches: Snapshots of a life that was

Once a popular photographer, Phuzi, the old man from Tsakane blames his hardships on a strange illness.

Oscar Pistorius charged with Reeva Steenkamp murder

South Africa's Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murdering his girlfriend at his home in Pretoria.

Last trumpet sounds for a musical phenomenon

Obituary: Victor Ntoni (1947 – 2013)

Fish tales and faded hope on the famished road to Mangaung

Tiisetso Makube takes a ride to find some answers about the succession race but instead finds more questions about the troubled state of the nation.

A life lived vividly, loudly

Tiisetso Makube pays tribute to legendary Soweto photographer Alf Kumalo.

Dispatches: Reading the Reporter

In KwaThema on Gauteng's East Rand, news and memories merge at Sis Poppy's speakeasy.

A house, a home and hope that refuses to die

Yes, it is true what they say about South Africa and Johannesburg in particular: it is home to all of Africa.

In the township, an electricity gap can always be plugged

Cable theft is so rife in the townships that ordinary people have found "clever" ways of connecting to power illegally, writes Tiisetso Makube.

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