Analysis

Court said nay, observers said yea: Did they jump the gun?
Court said nay, observers said yea: Did they jump the gun?
In the aftermath of Kenya’s August 8 elections, international observers were quick to express their satisfaction with the polls. In sharp...
Pervasive elitism blinds us to the bitter land battles in our cities
Pervasive elitism blinds us to the bitter land battles in our cities
The mechanics of domination, in their moments of visible drama and in their less obvious everydayness, frequently have a pronounced spatial...
The case for giving zama-zamas mining rights
The case for giving zama-zamas mining rights
In August, informal miners marched on the department of mineral resources (DMR) in Pretoria to demand the legalisation of small-scale...
The hard labour of pregnancy
The hard labour of pregnancy
In the Liberian town of Smell No Taste, a 28-year-old woman overcame unimaginably horrific odds only to inadvertently become the face of maternal...
Hope for citizen voice, despite ‘narrowed’ civic space
Hope for citizen voice, despite ‘narrowed’ civic space
President Jacob Zuma heads to China this week to meet with the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and China at the the 9th Brics Summit.
White woman, reject racism
White woman, reject racism
The world is reeling from the events that took place in Charlottesville in the United States this past weekend. Violence at the Unite the Right...
Be aware, the Nazis are among us
Be aware, the Nazis are among us
Writing in his memoir about the rise of Nazi totalitarianism in Germany, The World of Yesterday, Stefan Zweig noted how “the few among writers...
Hitmen, mafia and control – SA’s underbelly
Hitmen, mafia and control – SA’s underbelly
The issue of murder in South Africa had fascinated me since I returned to the country to take up a post at the University of Cape Town (UCT).
ANC turkeys all aflutter over Christmas axe
ANC turkeys all aflutter over Christmas axe
Ahead of the no-confidence vote in Parliament earlier this week, the perceived wisdom among the political commentariat was that turkeys are not...
‘Elon Musk’ might only be 95% accurate, but it’s enough to inspire
‘Elon Musk’ might only be 95% accurate, but it’s enough to inspire
What is it with journalists and biographies? A while back I read Michael Malone’s The Intel Trinity about Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore and...
#MduduziManana: Being called gay is not an insult
#MduduziManana: Being called gay is not an insult
Since Sunday evening, social media has been ablaze with news implicating the deputy minister of education for allegedly beating up a woman at a...

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