Drum Magazine

February 11 1990: Mandela’s media conquest

Nelson Mandela’s release from prison was also South Africa’s first ‘media event’. And, despite the NP’s, and the SABC’s, attempt to control the narrative, the force of Madiba’s personality meant that he emerged as a celebrity

Exposed: SA’s iconic pics plundered

Our photographic heritage is being stolen by pirates peddling ‘pictures of pictures’

Casting history to his own Drum beat

Jürgen Schadeberg’s images form a vital part of our archive but, like a photo, what his memoir reveals is selective

We mourn a friend and fighter as Zuma jols in Nigeria

Photographer, filmmaker and activist Peter McKenzie — 'who wielded his camera the way other people use petrol bombs or saxophones' — has died

​Thandi Klaasen: Defying tragedy to do it her way

From being a starlet in Sophiatown through to a disfiguring assault, Thandi Klaasen’s capacity for resilience meant she just kept on singing.

Remembering Nat Nakasa

Nat Nakasa, who died in 1965, was one of those who were ground down by the alienation of exile. A friend recalls the time.

Five good reads on Nat Nakasa

As the body of South African anti-apartheid journalist Nat Nakasa makes its way home, we remember him in five pieces of writing.

Correction: Drum to apologise to Bonang Matheba

The press ombud has instructed "Drum" magazine to apologise to Top Billing presenter Bonang Matheba.

Iconic Drum turns 60

Cover pages of SA's iconic <em>Drum</em> magazine evoke a 1950s black fashion and jazz culture which perished when apartheid forces razed Sophiatown.

Stripped naked, our racist past is ugly

<i>British Magnum</i> photographer Ian Berry's odyssey in South Africa is charted in an exhibition at the Liverpool International Slavery Museum.

Days that shook the world

Sunday is the 50th anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre. Humphrey Tyler was the only reporter there when the police opened fire.

Restoring the Indian experience

In an edited extract from his new book, <i>The Indian in Drum</i>, Riason Naidoo shares his journey to find a nuanced picture of Indian identity.


Western Cape Judge Mushtak Parker faces second misconduct complaint

The Cape Bar Council says his conduct is ‘unbecoming the holding of judicial office’

The Mogale Centre: A place of hope for young offenders

In the last story of her series about children behind bars, Athandiwe Saba speaks to young men who have committed serious crimes and are now living behind the walls of the Mogale Child and Youth Care Centre

Covid-19 fight to enter house-to-house testing phase

President urges people to continue staying at home for the next 17 days

Press Releases

The online value of executive education in a Covid-19 world

Executive education courses further develop the skills of leaders in the workplace

Sisa Ntshona urges everyone to stay home, and consider travelling later

Sisa Ntshona has urged everyone to limit their movements in line with government’s request

SAB Zenzele’s special AGM postponed until further notice

An arrangement has been announced for shareholders and retailers to receive a 77.5% cash payout

20th Edition of the National Teaching Awards

Teachers are seldom recognised but they are indispensable to the country's education system

Awards affirm the vital work that teachers do

Government is committed to empowering South Africa’s teachers with skills, knowledge and techniques for a changing world

SAB Zenzele special AGM rescheduled to March 25 2020

New voting arrangements are being made to safeguard the health of shareholders

Dimension Data launches Saturday School in PE

The Gauteng Saturday School has produced a number of success stories