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On access and the making of Prisoner 467/64

 As we rose to the sad news of the passing of Mr Andrew Mlangeni this week, we had been working on the third draft of an essay in the filmmaker and noted.man contributor, Mr Lebogang Rasethaba’s ongoing series on access. It is, as you will read below, an intimate insider portrait of the Rivonia trialist through the…

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Kaunda Ntunja was not a ‘Xhosa Commentator’

Kaunda Ntunja – the first black SA Schools Captain, Currie Cup winner with the Cheetahs and a Rugby Commentator extraordinaire – passed away this week. Amid the ensuing news reports, a disturbing but all too familiar tendency has emerged, writes Mr Siphiwe Mpye.  As friends, family and rugby fans like myself, who never knew Mr Kaunda…

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Julius: a lesson in access  

In a notorious, now-defunct nightclub, the Documentary Film Director, Mr Lebogang Rasethaba, recalls a lesson in access, delivered by one Mr Julius Malema.  As the music blares in a nightclub, a woman – young and drunk – interrupts me as I make an ambitious plea to Mr Julius Malema to appear in a film I am…

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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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