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What was Thabo Mbeki and Essop Pahad's role in the rise of the Guptas?
What was Thabo Mbeki and Essop Pahad's role in the rise of the Guptas?
This chapter is from Pieter-Louis Myburgh's new book, The Republic of Gupta,...
​Koleka Putuma's poems of celebration, grief and rage
​Koleka Putuma's poems of celebration, grief and rage
The front cover of Koleka Putuma’s debut poetry anthology, Collective...
​Heard the one about the Spaniard, Ouma and the lion?
​Heard the one about the Spaniard, Ouma and the lion?
The Man Who Cursed the Wind and Other Stories from the Karoo by José Manuel de Prada-Samper (African Sun Press).
Death stalks Nigeria’s writers
Death stalks Nigeria’s writers
Buchi Emecheta (July 21 1944 – January 25 2017), more than anyone else, epitomised the modern Nigerian novel in English during the 1970s, much as...
Peter Abrahams, a black man who spoke of freedom, has died
Peter Abrahams, a black man who spoke of freedom, has died
Writer Peter Abrahams, who has died aged 97 in Jamaica, lived only the first 20 years of his very long life in South Africa, the land of his...
Creative nonfiction's firm legs in Africa
Creative nonfiction's firm legs in Africa
SAFE HOUSE: EXPLORATIONS IN CREATIVE NONFICTION edited by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey (Dundurn Toronto)
2016 in literature: Politics and life dominate SA's book scene
2016 in literature: Politics and life dominate SA's book scene
Life writing — biography, autobiography, memoir and testimony — has long been a rich genre for South African writers. This past year...
Book affair aims to liberate writing and publishing from the monopoly
Book affair aims to liberate writing and publishing from the monopoly
It seems we are not too far removed from a time when two or three black people gathered together were to be separated from their common purpose. And...
​Authors are (not) selling themselves
​Authors are (not) selling themselves
In South Africa, the Fallist-inspired approach of “decolonising everything” has to some extent polarised literature circles. Older writers,...
Noah’s arc: Intimate and humane
Noah’s arc: Intimate and humane
BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah
Writing a wrong is a bitter irony
Writing a wrong is a bitter irony
Nothing destroys one’s enjoyment of and confidence in a work of nonfiction more than coming across factual howlers. If that’s in a field about...
Why Helen Zille's Not Without A Fight memoir is a rarity in its sincerity
Why Helen Zille's Not Without A Fight memoir is a rarity in its sincerity
Not having previously engaged in detail with either Helen Zille’s personality or the inner conflicts of her party, the Democratic Alliance (DA),...

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