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Author Interviews

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga

The ANC’s Last Decade: How the decline of the party will transform South Africa – Ralph Mathekga

7th September 2021 For nearly three decades, the ANC has held South Africa’s politics in an iron grip. Even as its reputation was dented by scandal and poor... 

Ivan Johnson

But he speaks so well: Memoir of a South African identity crisis – Ivan Johnson

31st August 2021 ‘Already I had lost most traces of a typical ‘coloured’ accent. In time I would get used to overhearing, from some of the girls I flirted with,... 

Fred de Vries

Blues for the White Man – Fred de Vries

30th August 2021 It started with a question about the blues: what makes the music of the downtrodden black man so alluring to white middle-class ears? And that’s... 

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Gwen Lister

Comrade Editor: On life, journalism and the birth of Namibia – Gwen Lister

24th August 2021 Comrade Editor is the candid story of Gwen Lister, the activist journalist who achieved global renown for opposing South Africa’s occupation of... 

Andile Gaelesiwe: Remembering

Andile Gaelesiwe: Remembering

23rd August 2021 Andile Gaelesiwe is celebrated across South Africa as the adored host of Khumbul’ ekhaya on SABC 1. Yet few know that behind the glamour of her... 

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You Have Struck a Rock: Women fighting for their power in South Africa – Gugulethu Mhlungu

13th August 2021 Drawing on the experiences of women ranging from political activists to domestic workers, sex workers and students, commentator and writer... 

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Africa Bounces Back: Case Studies from a Resilient Continent – Victor Kgomoeswana

12th August 2021 It has been nearly ten years since Africa is Open for Business was first published and Victor Kgomoeswana showcased the continent as a place of... 

Political analyst Ebrahim Harvey

The Great Pretenders: Race and Class Under ANC Rule – Ebrahim Harvey

22nd July 2021 In The Great Pretenders: Race and Class under ANC Rule, veteran political analyst Ebrahim Harvey delivers a stinging critique of the ANC. This... 

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Give Us More Guns: How South Africa's Gangs Were Armed – Mark Shaw

8th July 2021 The assassination of police investigator Charl Kinnear in Cape Town in 2020 was yet one more in a spate of murders related to the wider ‘guns to... 

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Native Boy: Confessions of a Maplazini in the City – Thabo A. Molefe

7th July 2021 ‘When we moved from the farm, my mother was especially concerned about my survival. How would her youngest child survive township life; how would... 

Themba Maseko

For my country: Why I blew the whistle on Zuma and the Guptas – Themba Maseko

6th July 2021 ‘When I joined the struggle as a 13-year-old boy in Soweto, I would never have imagined that one day I would blow the whistle on a special kind of... 

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