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On these eery streets

Armed with a camera and journalism’s essential service cover, our long-term contributor Mr Lee Molefi recently rolled through the streets of Johannesburg, looking to capture in lockdown, the altered face of streets he knows well. In his photo essay – featuring  landmarks from Braamfontein to Melville often teeming with energy and revelry – we largely find…

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After the event of fire

On the weekend of the 20th of December 2019, while Mr Majola Ganymede was visiting his cousin, children started a fire in the tall grass opposite the residential area of B-M section in Site B, Khayelitsha Township. Later on that day, after firefighters had quelled the inferno, it was decided that building a shack to house…

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‘The grass is green’ subverts historical tropes

Businessman, investor, photographer and noted.man contributor, Mr Saki Zamxaka, opens his first solo exhibition at Constitution Hill this week. Entitled  “The Grass Is Green”, the photography collection is at once emphatic, subversive and hopeful, writes the photographer.  This week, my solo photography exhibition kicks off at Constitution Hill, in the historic Old Fort Ramparts. After months of…

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A series of firsts at Tambo Lives!

Imbawula: Tambo Lives! was awash with firsts, as four storytellers – picked for their proximity to the late struggle stalwart Mr Oliver Reginald Tambo, or for work that mirrors his values – delved into anecdotes, lessons and reflections about life, the Tambo way. Hosted at The Market Theatre’s intimate Mannie Manim stage, this was the…

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Tambo Lives! Stories to illuminate icon’s legacy

Imbawula, the storytelling platform is back next month with an exciting new show dedicated to the freedom fighter, intellectual and inspirational leader of the struggle against Apartheid, Mr Oliver Tambo.  The spirit of Oliver Tambo will come alive through stories in October, the month in which the late freedom fighter and leader of the African…

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Mo Laudi | through the eye of a Globalisto

He left Polokwane, South Africa, in the early 2000s for London, in search of a global outlet for his broad artistic proclivities. Mr Ntshebe “Mo Laudi” Bopape went on to become a global DJ, producer, sound artist, collaborator, entrepreneur and more recently, clothing designer. In this extensive Q&A he discusses collaboration, Art, Paris, Amapiano, Kimonos and the…

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David Koloane | June 5, 1938 – June 30, 2019

The lauded artist Dr David Koloane died this week at the age of 81. As art collector, businessman and photographer, Mr Saki Zamxaka writes, the old master was the very embodiment of humanity.  One of the highest honours you can can bestow on another person in isiXhosa, is saying ebengumntu. In other words, that he or she was human.…

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Imbawula: The Money Series comes to Sandton

The next show in Imbawula’s The Money Series has been announced and sees a new lineup and the entry of a new venue into the narrative of the storytelling platform. Imbawula is the storytelling movement founded in 2014 at the old Bean Republic in Illovo, Johannebsurg. The shows were founded on the premise that our…

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Ed’s Journal: Caster vs White Supremacy

The concerted campaign against Caster Semenya is nothing more than white supremacy exercising it’s unbridled powers, spurred on by white girl tears, writes Mr Siphiwe Mpye. It is day two at the court of arbitration in sport, in Lausanne, Switzerland, where reigning Women’s 800m Olympic champion Ms. Caster Semenya is fighting the International Association for…

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Abantu Book Festival: we have a lineup

Abantu Book Festival – Mr Thando Mgqolozana’s defiant middle finger to the literary establishment, and love letter to black authors and readers – will in early December celebrate three years in existence with an ever-glittering and expanding list of festival speakers. The festival for black writers and readers is a hive of vigorous intellectual exchange, laughter…

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