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Rhode’s canvas: Westbury walls

An edited version of the essay 'Broken Wall: Robin Rhode’s Theatre of  Place' from the book 'The Geometry of Colour' (Rhodeworks/Skira)

New vision of a historical moment

The reader navigates themes such as migration, black masculinity, displacement, aspirations, racial identity and sexuality before wokeness

Art and graphics

Conrad Botes makes a comment on censorship, while Zapiro has his finger on the pulse as usual

Batting for the empire

An exhaustive book provides the political, social and sporting backdrop to the 1912 triangular Test tournament between England, Australia and SA.

Naivity, novelty and the writer’s art

<b>Imraan Coovadia</b> finds the points of difference in two authors' approaches to writing.

Does a virgin have to be female?

An alternate take on the Messiah's birth brings modern women's issues into the picture.

The wild life of a mild revolutionary

Erich Rautenbach begins this wild and somewhat melancholic memoir with his arrest by two drug-squad cops.

Old magic and future worlds

<b>Gwen Ansell</b> rounds up some of the latest science fiction and fantasy releases.

Multilayered but one-sided

It has much going for it, but Stephenson's ­stereotypical treatment of Muslim ­terrorists lets his latest novel down.

Son of HAL feeds on fear

<em>The Fear Index</em>, a financial what-if, takes place entirely on the day that the Blair-Brown years officially ended: May 6 2010, election day.

What might have been

Ivan Vladislavic plays not only with the idea of unwritten books or stories, but also with the idea of finishing itself.

Conquering the epics

The creator of the popular <i>Conqueror</i> and <i>Emperor</i> series does immaculate detail through broad strokes

A bloody good read

This ultra-readable pop-historical epic is the fourth bulky instalment of a sequence about the rise of the Mongol khans.

Ivan in bite-size complexity

For avid readers of Vladislavic's eight books, this collection is a ­worthy, accessible ­reference to keep close.

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Forty-three people were shot dead in the first six months of this year in the Western Cape’s intractable taxi violence, while close to 100 have been arrested and 40 are on court rolls in connection with the conflict

Ingonyama Trust Board moves to retrench staff

More than 50 workers at the Ingonyama Trust Board have been issued section 189 notices

Solar stuck where sun don’t shine: State spends R289m to store solar water heaters

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Debt management amid Covid-19 and beyond

This webinar on Debt Management, sponsored by Debt Rescue, had its experts share a practical approach to debt management amid this crisis and beyond

NSTF-South32 Awards

All of the awards are made for outstanding contributions to science, engineering, technology and innovation in South Africa

The benefits of being a GEMS member

The scheme offers comprehensive and affordable healthcare options to all public service employees and greater access to better healthcare

The evolution of South Africa’s savings culture

A common misconception is that you need a lot of money to start saving, but this is simply not true – you can start with R50

Tobacco producers welcome new research confirming that cigarette ban has failed

Every day that goes by shows the importance of getting rid of this ban and going back to producing and selling cigarettes as we were before

Cost increases sharing of cigarettes

Many people are questioning whether the ban on tobacco in South Africa is not in fact having the opposite effect of that intended

How to tell if you have a hidden contact centre in your business

The important thing to remember is that a contact centre is defined less by the physical space it occupies and more by the customer experience it delivers

Accessing health and justice in a time of Covid-19

The similarities between the HIV epidemic and the Covid-19 pandemic are hard to ignore – the most obvious is the level of premature deaths caused by both

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