Class Edition 2014

Some of my very best friends are white …

... and they still don't have a clue, writes Zama Ndlovu, who sees herself as black middle class but is still struggling to prove her worth.

Class edition: Inequality by numbers

Who earns how much and what exactly do we spend it on?

Class theory finally decolonised

Fanon creates a triad with Marx and Lenin, to help the EFF reclaim class from its racist foundations.

How America’s next generation was outclassed

Growing inequality has left the capitalist dream on its last gasp. And the sooner we all stop fantasising about the American Dream, the better.

Wealth division in SA and around the world

French economist Thomas Piketty sees the source of the 2008 financial crash in the unsustainable levels of inequality that characterises capitalism.

Politics, economics and transformation get lost in translation

It can be hard to keep abreast of all the key catchphrases. Here's an attempt at understanding the latest South African political lexicon.

Living on the margins of the South African dream

In a dusty township in the North West, Lisa Steyn meets up with immigrants who have set up spazas that support families back home.

Told you so: Quotes on wealth, poverty, inequality and class

What the great and the good have had to say about class throughout history.

Class edition: Once we were ‘The Madondos’ – the special ones

Writer Bongani Madondo relates how books have eased the psychic pain of his class-conscious family.

Class, race and the new native

South Africa today suffers a confusion between the rule of the people, the rule of law and the rule of property.

Clifton: Of baba ganoush and bungalows

Life among the one-percenters of the Cape Town suburb of Clifton is a beach, not a bitch.

Buckets, pits and poverty: How the other half defecates

Life with pit latrines and the bucket system was meant to be a hallmark of the most rural of existences. But Tiisetso Makube found it in his backyard.


Tshwane water woes in court again

The municipality has been accused of deliberately derailing the contract to sort out toxic water crisis in Hammanskraal

Life in lockdown: Behind closed doors keeping out the coronavirus

South African students in China are staying behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak

Apartheid criminals still at large

Corporations and banks that aided the apartheid regime have not been brought to book, so they continue to act with impunity

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it