Yunus Momoniat

Cosatu: A labouring behemoth finally reaches the crossroads

The mighty Cosatu once revolutionised the labour scene, but did its transformation into an efficient bureaucracy unwittingly lead to Marikana?

Come Dine with Me SA: Race on the menu

Come Dine with Me SA is far more than bad TV -- it's a fascinating look into the state of race relations.

The ambiguous image

If these images were not captured, our collective memories would be impoverished, restricted to middle-class everydayness.

Funky ha-ha from half a Dadaist

When I first saw that <em>Paris/Joburg</em> consisted of four wind instruments, two drummers, two vocalists and a bassist, my heart sank a little.

The end of capitalism as we know it

Forget about surviving 2010. If you believe American sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein, we're in for a rough 50 years, writes Yunus Momoniat.

A heritage that shames us

The idealism of SA's anti-apartheid struggle is in danger of dissolving in the acid of pragmatism, warns public intellectual Darshan Vigneswaran.

Pik and Che: Cuba in Africa

Yunus Momoniat talks to documentary filmmaker Jihan el-Tahri about her latest production, <i>Cuba: An African Odyssey</i>.

The reverb of Rewind

Composer Philip Miller tells Percy Zvomuya and Yunus Momoniat about the ethical consideration of making music from human tragedy.

From Marx to Gandhi

One of the most significant developments in the recent history of our species is the emergence of an ethic of reconciliation. So argues Ari Sitas, a professor of sociology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He sees it as a post-World War II and post-colonial phenomenon that embraces the ''Mandela moment'' and more.

Accumulating knowledge

Mcebisi Ndletyana's book <i>African Intellectuals in 19th and Early 20th Century South Africa</i> is an attempt to present a history of the accumulation of knowledge capital among black South Africans. Yunus Momoniat looks at figures who were builders of an intellectual, moral and political infrastructure in South Africa.

Mahomed was an architect of the UDF

It is no accident that a meeting held to commemorate the life of Yunus Mahomed was attended by scores of luminaries from the African National Congress and the United Democratic Front (UDF). Current and former Cabinet ministers paid tribute to their comrade, who died of a heart attack on January 6.

The logic of cruelty

The most prolific thinkers are those who provide us with new concepts to think new realities, and Achille Mbembe is one of these. A professor of history and politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, he is more a philosopher than a political scientist or historian, but his works are the profound revelations they are because he synthesises all three of these with other disciplines.

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