Encounters Film Festival

M.I.A. brings the noize to South Africa

The musician will perform alongside some of the country's best artists

NFVF says ‘abrupt’ Encounters fest funding withdrawal was due process

Organisers were shocked when they were told they had lost their biggest funder, but the NFVF says the delivery of its decision was procedure

Winnie’s grace gave me strength

'Mama Winnie’s mere presence was enough to tell me that I am more than fine, and that I am capable,' says the writer

Powerfully unpacking of conditions that led to June 16

'The story is narrated by people who were there and who relay the climate that led to the day we now know as June 16.'

Encounters film festival: What to watch

As the renowned film festival opens across parts of the country, Darryl Accone and Katlego Mkhwanazi list their must-sees.

Recommended highlights from Encounters 2014

Documentaries have long since ceased to be feature film's irritating cousin but has grown up, as this year's Encounters Festival programme proves.

Is surgical circumcision the key to halting initiation deaths?

Mayenzeke Baza's documentary explores issues of best practice in circumcision as well as wider issues of secrecy and the exclusion of women.

No shortcut through the graveyard forest

A striking new documentary delves into the lives of Israelis and Palestinians living together but apart.

Encounters: Five of the best at the fest

We choose some of the must-see documentaries showing as part of the Encounters festival.

Jo’burg cast in new light, but old shadows abide

"Jeppe on a Friday" is a compelling documentary filmed in one day by eight female filmmakers.

The historical case for an independent judiciary

Viewed from the context of SA in 2012, Common Purpose reminds us of apartheid brutality, FW de Klerk's recent protestations notwithstanding.

SA-born film maker Jon Blair dances with his dark side

One feels an enormous sense of gratuitous satisfaction while watching Jon Blair's Rio drug documentary "Dancing with the Devil".


Stranded commuters say Ramaphosa’s rail promises ring hollow

Cape Town’s largest passenger rail line has been closed for months, hitting people’s pockets and adding to road traffic congestion

Focus on FW de Klerk distracted attention from the troubling state of the nation

Some political analysts say President Cyril Ramaphosa is taking too long to mend the country, others says it is the ANC itself that must be fixed

Eastern Cape MEC orders graft investigation after two workers killed at troubled district municipality

The killing of two council workers at the Amathole district municipality appears to be linked to tender fraud and corruption

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