South African Literature

The pitfalls of artistic canons

Is there sufficient rigour to update the existing literary canon and infuse it with new voices that will themselves become canons in decades to come?

​Pikoli bites big, chews smart in his first attempt at self-publishing

Phumlani Pikoli used crowdfunding to produce ‘The Fatuous State of Severity’, a collection of short stories. These are three excerpts from the book.

​Finding South Africa’s heart: An edited extract from Luke Alfred’s new book

Luke Alfred walked long and far and recorded it in 'Early One Sunday Morning I Decided to Step Out and Find South Africa' (Tafelberg).

M&G’s Litfest takes flight, honouring Sol Plaatje on his 140th anniversary

Alongside panels discussing hot topics, shortlisted poets from the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award and Anthology will receive their awards.

Talking about language, quotas and processes with Lidudumalingani Mqombothi

He recently won the Caine prize for African writing for his short story Memories We Lost, initially published in the anthology Incredible Journeys.

Writer confronts trauma but sidesteps Cape Town

'The shout on the front cover of 'The Yearning' has Zakes Mda waxing lyrical about Mashigo’s writing talent. All his descriptors are true.'

This broken land has many faces: A review of four books

Jane Rosenthal assesses four novels that cast the country in very different lights.

Beyond the silos of South African literature

This substantial offering from UKZN Press is very much about the now.

Our literary disgrace

The sale of JM Coetzee's archive to a Texan university revives the question of where South Africa's literary heritage should be preserved.

A literary soldier

Siphiwo Mahala, author of<em> When a Man Cries</em> and a ­collection of short stories, ­<em>African Delights</em>, talks about his writing process.

So much talent, so few readers

<b>Craig MacKenzie</b> ponders the central contradiction in local literature.

Textured history for contemporary times

Two new books examine the consequences of battles, both physical and ideological.


Bishop Emeritus Rubin Phillip: The guerilla priest

From his adventures with Steve Biko to his support for shack dwellers in KwaZulu-Natal, Bishop Emeritus Rubin Phillip has always walked the talk of radical Christianity

Tshwane water woes in court again

The municipality has been accused of deliberately derailing the contract to sort out toxic water crisis in Hammanskraal

Life in lockdown: Behind closed doors keeping out the coronavirus

South African students in China are staying behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak

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