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Make way for the wise man of Winterveldt

What kind of a book would the biography of the leader of Winterveldt, arguably the largest informal settlement in the southern hemisphere, make?

Boxed into dead-end despair

Biography of Nat Nakasa provides an incomplete picture of the maverick Durban-born writer who killed himself in New York at the tender age of 28.

Richard Rive biography: Where’s the roistering braggart?

A new biography fails to capture the turbulent life and death of one of South Africa's most distinguished authors.

Emma Brockes: In defiance of cruelty, a vital grace

When an English journalist’s mother dies, she unearths some extraordinarily painful secrets that have been buried for years, writes Charles Leonard.

Who will play Hillary Clinton in new biopic?

Forthcoming movie about likely 2016 contender's early life is already causing controversy.

Beastie Boys memoir to be released in 2015

The iconic hip-hop group has a deal with publisher Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House, for an illustrated oral history.

Posthumous honours

That a book about his life has just won a Pulitzer is surely proof that Malcolm X's redemption in mainstream America is near complete.

The restless genius whose life reads like a novel

Two hundred years after Charles Dickens's birth on February 7 1812, his energetic, blazing life still fascinates us, writes <b>Jenny Uglow</b>.

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Gauteng responds to grave concern

The news of Gauteng’s grave site preparations raised alarm about the expected number of Covid-19-related deaths in the province

Demolition of hope in Hangberg

The City of Cape Town in June twice knocked down structures on land allocated for other purposes. The city says these were not evictions; residents ask why no police are available for rapes and murders

Sassa disses disability grant applicants

Towards the end of level four of the lockdown, Sassa offices reopened for applications for old age pensions and childcare and foster care grants, but not for disability grants

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