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‘Elusive Spring’ reveals South Africa today

Mike van Graan’s 2012 political thriller comes to life again ― and its themes are more relevant than ever

Drama rocks Market Theatre

Allegations and counter-allegations are flying between the board’s chair, management and staff

Barbarism, burnings and Becket 3

Is our primary struggle really against racism and white privilege?

Barbarism, burnings and Beckett

If public art, symbols and monuments are to play a role in building “social cohesion”, we need to adopt different approaches.

Letter from Croatia

Croatia is this year's setting for the annual meetings of the International Net-work for Cultural Policy (INCP), a grouping of about 58 cultural ministers from around the world, and its complementary NGO network, the International Network for Cultural Diversity (INCD). Mike van Graan reports.

Looking in, watching out

What would be an appropriate metaphor to reflect the state of South African theatre in the first 10 years of democracy? Perhaps it would be <i>At Her Feet</i>, a play that was rejected by the National Arts Council (NAC), which suggested that playwright Nadia Davids rewrite her script to include other racial groups, only for the play in its original format to win two prestigious Fleur du Cap awards a few weeks later, writes Mike van Graan.

Director of golf

I have an idea for a new reality TV show. Train the cameras on the Department of Arts and Culture, particularly on its most senior management.Perhaps it could turn out to be our new daily soap, <i>The Rich and the Useless</i> writes Mike van Graan.

Towards a free Market

Mike van Graan, whose latest play is about to open at the Market Theatre, spoke to its new MD, Sibongiseni Mkhize, about the venue's future.

Thinking through the art and science divorce

'Arts, science to go their separate ways," proclaimed Business Day. The Sunday Independent was more upbeat with "Arts and Culture to star in and run their own show". Whatever the spin, President Thabo Mbeki decreed that from August 1 the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (DACST) would split into two separate departments, each with its own director general, to "enable the departments to have a more focused approach". Both departments will remain accountable to the current political incumbents, Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology Ben Ngubane, and his deputy, Brigitte Mabandla.

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‘Captured’ water utility exec holes up

Thami Hlongwa seems to be in hiding after a blacklisted technology company scored millions from Umgeni Water and the owner was murdered

Q&A Sessions: ‘Media isn’t dying, it’s changing’

Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa, chief executive of global internet company Naspers, has held senior posts in investment and development banking. She tells Tshegofatso Mathe about her family life in Soweto and her career, including with Cyril Ramaphosa before he went back to politics

Mboweni says no more Zondo funding as court extends commission’s lifespan

The finance minister suggests money should be found from the cash-strapped justice department

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