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Of ciphers and little favours
Of ciphers and little favours
It’s often forgotten that apartheid and the Afrikaner nationalism that underpinned it weren’t quite as monolithic as they would appear when...
Use a novel way to understand the other
Use a novel way to understand the other
One of the many reasons I love fiction is it forces us to see the world from the perspective of others who are different from ourselves.
Good for mom, baby and boss
Good for mom, baby and boss
Every August we take time to celebrate women — yet despite women having equal rights, employers in South Africa still have a long way to go...
This is why ‘Catbook’ won’t work
This is why ‘Catbook’ won’t work
Last week the chief executive of The New York Times, Mark Thompson, urged Facebook to consider removing news from the site and...
When the penalty is death
When the penalty is death
Wednesday morning. There’s a group of five children, three boys and two girls, playing a game of football on the strip of sickly grass alongside...
Hope for thaw in KZN ANC cold war
Hope for thaw in KZN ANC cold war
Tuesday. It’s freezing — by Durban standards, at least. The temperature is in the low teens and climbing. I’m bouncing from foot to foot,...
Women, it’s okay to lust like men
Women, it’s okay to lust like men
When a friend invited me over breakfast to watch male strippers with her, a number of thoughts went through my head. The most important was: Do I...
The Lille city that could
The Lille city that could
As I write this, Cape Town has run out of mayors for a full nine days. It’s odd, yes, and also unprecedented — by all indications the first...
Parties need to dance to the coalition tune
Parties need to dance to the coalition tune
Is this a time of crisis or opportunity for South African opposition parties? Well, it depends.
Law demands creative rethinking
Law demands creative rethinking
Three events have prompted this column: the debate about the record of the judiciary under apartheid, which arose after the death of Judge Ramon...

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