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Writers on lockdown

Melinda Ferguson has gathered essays and stories from 40-plus contributors for Corona Chronicles

Rugby and rainbows

Reflecting on white joy, black celebration, and the meaning of the Springbok win at the 2019 Rugby World Cup

​On hope and the death of nostalgia in South Africa

If South Africa is neither hopeful nor tragic, what posture should we take in relation to the future?

To reckon with Winnie’s ghost

This is not comfortable reading, says Sisonke Msimang

Politicians, media must make peace

Voters need to be well-informed and some arrangement must be made to end to the lies and misinformation

Winnie ‘unashamedly’ resurrected

The book may fall short of expectations because those who have canonised Winnie as the patron saint of black women’s emancipation may take offence.

Go beyond living up to Mandela

His legacy is couched in cisheteropatriarchy; social justice and equality need a new approach

Reimagining an unburdened Winnie

Sisonke Msimang calls for legacy projects to honour a ‘bright red sun’ who was never able to skip, carefree, down a country lane

Are South Africa’s anti-corruption crusaders racist?

'It would be foolhardy to suggest that discussions about corruption in South Africa are race neutral'

Another country, another tear-gassing

"Last week in Kenya, I became a witness to police empowering the elite in much the same way as their counterparts in South Africa did".

We eat what we like … or do we?

Mama, back from exile, opened a pan-African restaurant but new elites wanted Western food.

A hard-hitting analysis of South Africa’s deepening malaise

Justice Malala argues that South Africa faces a governance and leadership crisis, rather than an economic crisis.

Hurricane Sandy: Disgust beats denial any day

South Africans may complain often and loudly, but that is far better than Americans' paralysis, writes Sisonke Msimang.

Facing the future

In 1976 we were toddlers. Although both of us are black and female, our lives were profoundly different then. When freedom came in 1994, one of us was a 21-year-old studying in the United States. The other — age 19 — stood in a long, laughter-filled queue under a brilliant April sky in Natal. Promise Mthembu and Sisonke Msimang reflect on the young people who changed the face of history, and the state of the youth today.

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