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Author Interviews

Stephen Timm

At Any Cost – Stephen Timm

9th April 2021 Eran Eyal had it all: a trendy New York apartment, a jetset lifestyle and investors lining up to get in on his million dollar cryptocurrency... 

Martin Plaut

Dr Abdullah Abdurahman: South Africa’s First Elected Black Politician – Martin Plaut

26th March 2021 Dr Abdullah Abdurahman (1872–1940) was the first person of colour ever to be elected to political office in South Africa. He represented some of... 

James Oatway

Battle of Bangui: The inside story of South Africa's worst military scandal since Apartheid – James Oatway

25th March 2021 In March 2013, South Africa suffered its worst military defeat since the end of apartheid. After a battle that lasted almost two days, 200 crack... 

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Brent Meersman

Rattling the Cage: Reflections on Democratic South Africa – Brent Meersman

23rd March 2021 Most South Africans have strong views on our past and present, often based on how we have been personally affected by history, and an understanding... 

UJ Vice-Chancellor Tshilidzi Marwala

Leading in the 21st Century: The Call for a New Type of African Leader – Tshilidzi Marwala

15th March 2021 In 2020, the world found itself in a state of flux. A global pandemic disrupted the world order while the digital transformation that is the Fourth... 

Rehana Rossouw

Predator Politics: Mabuza, Fred Daniel and the Great Land Scam – Rehana Rossouw

4th March 2021 Corruption cost taxpayers around R1.5-trillion during Jacob Zuma’s spell as president of South Africa. Despite attempts by the police, the courts... 

Psychologist and academic Malose Langa

Becoming Men: Black masculinities in a South African township – Malose Langa

3rd March 2021 Becoming Men is the story of 32 boys from Alexandra, one of Johannesburg’s largest townships, over a period of twelve seminal years in which they... 

Cobus van Staden

Anxious Joburg: The Inner Lives of a Global South City – Cobus van Staden

26th February 2021 Anxious Joburg focuses on Johannesburg, the largest and wealthiest city in South Africa, as a case study for the contemporary global south city.... 

Perlé van Schalkwyk

GiGi: Nipple Caps & G-strings – Perlé van Schalkwyk

19th February 2021 Born Perlé van Schalkwyk, into a strict Jehovah Witness family, after studying drama at Stellenbosch University, Perlé quickly realises that acting... 

Bongani Nyoka

The Social and Political Thought of Archie Mafeje – Bongani Nyoka

12th February 2021 Social scientist Archie Mafeje, who was born in the Eastern Cape but lived most of his scholarly life in exile, was one of Africa’s most prominent... 

Evelyn Groenink

The Unlikely Mr Rogue: A Life with Ivan Pillay – Evelyn Groenink

11th February 2021 Written by Evelyn Groenink, the bestselling author of Incorruptible: The Story of the Murders of Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani,... 

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