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Art and about: 10 art fairs not to miss

With the local art fair season about to kick off, we highlight some of the country's – and Africa's – most happening visual art events.

Apartheid: Defiance was a dapper struggle, too

Bongani Madondo searches for elegance in a vast exhibition of photographic material documenting life in apartheid South Africa.

Art collecting with Albie Sachs

Former Constitutional Court justice Albie Sachs is bound to art and politics by love and lineage. He chats about this and his years of art collecting.

An artist who lived to dispel the dark arts

Shunned by the serious arts establishment, ?Paul du Toit embraced the naive and innocent.

The beauty of life after death

Bronwyn Lace breathes new meaning into ?the detritus of ?once-living things.

Thing of beauty: We Love Mandela exhibition

SA artists have used the figure of Nelson Mandela as their muse and metaphor, depicting the many sides of the man people believe they know well.

Mongezi Ncaphayi: Striking art is his raison d’être

Award-winning artist Mongezi Ncaphayi draws his audience in, hooking them in to a deeper reflection.

Absa L’Atelier Awards: Cruel jokes and abstract lives

The Absa L’Atelier Awards are highly prized by young artists who may not have the resource to go abroad.

3D-printing takes art into another dimension

An exhibition opening at the University of Johannesburg aims to bring the 3D-printing movement into the public conversation.

Tate Modern opens doors to African visionaries

Exhibitions of works by artists from Sudan and Benin have reflected a step change towards Tate's more globalised view of modern art.

Thing of beauty: Art in the city

Hannelie Coetzee’s work spills out of her studio and into the surrounding streets.

The art of taxi hand signals

A new exhibition reveals the silent language used by millions of South Africans to travel through life.

Mandela painting stolen from SA-born artist in New York

The theft of a painting of Nelson Mandela by South Africa-born artist Conor Mccreedy remains a mystery after it was stolen from a New York gallery.

Mary Sibande: The purple shall reign at Grahamstown’s arts fest

Mary Sibande is moving on from a familiar character in her oeuvre and, by exploring an historical event, is digging for deeper meaning.

Kudzanai Chiurai considers the nature of violence

Kudzanai Chiurai's exhibition titled "16SNLV" encourages people to scrutinise their reactions to everyday brutality.

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ConCourt asked to rule that Zuma must testify for 10 days next year

It is Zondo's legal end game and will leave the former president, his supporters and those implicated in state capture to increasingly play fast and loose at imputing political motive to the commission

This is how the SIU catches crooks

Athandiwe Saba talked to the Special Investigating Unit’s Andy Mothibi about its caseload, including 1 000 Covid contracts

FNB dragged into bribery claims

Allegations of bribery against the bank’s chief executive, Jacques Celliers, thrown up in a separate court case

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Dr Sumy Thomas: Deciphering the human puzzle, from the inside out

The Discovery Foundation MGH Fellowship Award recipient for 2020 will focus on internal medicine, particularly the endocrine system of patients affected by HIV

Touching lives through innovation

Africa has a high youth population that adapts to technology quickly, and this phenomenon is something which should be taken advantage of

Festive Reading

In The Whistleblowers, Mandy Wiener talks to a wide range of the people who have revealed corruption and malfeasance in government and business

Centre for Women & Gender Studies

The CWGS aims to resuscitate the histories of African women from all walks of life in an intellectual cleansing/ukuhlambulula of her story

Greening the Future

The awards are a way of encouraging progress and celebrating those who wake up every day and work to make this country a better more sustainable place

Failing to learn the lessons? The impact of Covid-19 on a Broken and Unequal Education System

If the president was serious about fixing basic education, he would appoint his most competent minister with a powerful mandate to start fixing it

National Science and Technology Forum

It's an independent SETI platform, an essential element of an active democracy and an important part of the collaboration process needed in SETI

Milestones over the NSTF’s 25-year history

The organisation celebrates its Silver Jubilee as an established player in the NSI and as promoter and influencer of SET and innovation in South Africa