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Student productions: The antidote to stale theatre experiences

Until you've seen young minds create and execute ideas with limited experience and meagre budgets, your appreciation of art will never be adequate.

The art and work of funny at the festival

David Kibuuka, Johannesburg-based comedian, is a nice-guy funny man. "I don't rip people off in real life - why would I do it in a show?"

Hunting down words at the festival

There may be no WordFest this year, but the love of language is alive and thriving at this year's National Arts Festival, writes Hailey Gaunt.

National Arts Festival: The art of survival

For the third year running volunteer students are collaborating with artists and performers with the aim of opening the festival up to everyone.

Grotesque and glamourless: Gritty work of the Fest

They may make it look easy, but trying to earn a living from the theatre is as emotionally draining for performers as it is physically taxing.

Feeling the freedom of the festival

The Free Thinkers lecture at the National Arts Festival's Think!Fest was not the only place where dialogue and freedom of expression was explored.

Turning hip-hop on its head

Iain Ewok Robinson's one man show, <i>Seriously?</i>, breaks the mould and gives an honest glimpse behind the pretense of hip-hop.

When history takes the stage

<i>Death of a Colonialist</i> is an honest exposition on the importance of knowing history while not being defined by it.

Avoiding the clichés

Guy Buttery brought his unique approach to guitar folk to Grahamstown.

Fairer folk

Halfway through a manic festival, <b>Hailey Gaunt</b> takes a breather to catch some female-fronted folk.

Losing his religion?

A solo performance in Grahamstown left some wondering if Tree63 frontman John Ellis could ever distance himself from his Christian rock past.

Getting philosophical and funky with the Festival jazz

Last night, while watching the Festival debut of Bokani Dyer, I couldn't help but think jazz is a perfect metaphor for life.

The oldest profession

Rough and fast is my appraisal of <i>The Last Pro in Yeoville</i>, but perhaps that?s what one should expect from a play about a washed-up prostitute.

Gathering around The Table

<i>The Table</i> captures all the melodrama and begrudging sentiment of family life as it unfolds around a meal.

Day one: glitz and glamour and chickpea fudge

<b>Hailey Gaunt</b> reports from Grahamstown, where the shows, exhibitions and other official offerings are only half the fun.

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Fake trafficking news targets migrants

Exaggerated reports on social media of human trafficking syndicates snatching people in broad daylight legitimate xenophobia while deflecting from the real problems in society

Female cops sent for rape counselling

Brigadier Sifiso Cele denies the rape allegations, saying that they are part of a smear campaign and that criminal charges should have been opened if the accusations were true

‘Lost’ PPE: Morar a ‘player and ref’

Roshan Morar, the auditor who supplied the KZN education department with sanitisers has also been tasked with investigating the “disappearance” of millions of rands worth of PPE

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Corporates: A force for good for a sustainable future

In order to see people and nature thrive what is required is a strong focus on partnerships – we cannot act alone anymore

Combatting wildlife crime in Southern Africa activity annual programme statement (APS) No. 04

Concept papers are sought for implementating activities, for a multi-faceted programme that aims to reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife

The financial decisions made during your life journey, and their impact on your retirement outcome

The longer you save towards retirement the larger your retirement savings are expected to be due to the effect of compounding interest

In conversation with SA Reserve Bank Governer, Lesetja Kganyago

'Make interest rates zero and inflation goes up and then people save less – we need savings to fund investment in this country'

Secure your business from cyber threats

Many business-grade security systems now have built-in learning systems and AI to help businesses stay up to date with protection

Mental Health

During the pandemic there's been a dramatic increase in depression, anxiety and suicides, according to some of the surveys done

Expert financial advice still recommended – especially in uncertain times

A financial advisor is an expert who will help you to protect your wealth and make a realistic plan when unexpected events threaten your wellbeing

What is a virtual card, and how does it work?

A virtual card lets you pay online without ever having to take your card from your wallet or exposing your actual account information

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