Arts and Culture

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Finding and Defining the New Black Middle Class

“I noticed various narratives in the media, [including] the exoticisation of the black

middle class,” said Professor Roger Southall of the University of Witwatersrand at the

launch of his book, ‘The New Black Middle Class in South Africa’. “It’s almost as if

the black middle class were located in game parks and were being spotted for their

odd characteristics.”

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The Magic of Magona

“I should have been writing for far longer than 25 years. Why didn’t I start writing earlier on?” asked Dr Sindiwe Magona at the Puku Storytelling Festival where she launched her new book, Chasing the Tails of my Father’s Cattle, “Simply because I didn’t know anyone who looked like me who did such a foolish thing and called it work.”

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Drawing the Line: Satire Soldiers

Zapiro. the satire soldier

Zapiro. the satire soldier

Political cartoonists wield their pens as weapons against injustices.

With daring lines, simple shapes and sharp words, they twist concepts and current affairs into humorous comments on the state of humanity. In the face of censorship, corruption and oppression, cartoonists stand as satirical soldiers, armed with weapons of wit, ink and imagination.

They draw the line on what is black, white and meant to be read.
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A history of the herb

Cannabis_SRdeVilliers_1When did cannabis become a criminal?

Where does the plant come from?

What are the origins of medical marijuana?

What is the annual cost of convicting a low-level stoner?
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Jodi Bieber’s 10 tips for photographers and writers

Jodi Bieber’s photographs are silent stories, dressed in colour and captured light. Her years of experiencing and photographing a beautifully complex and twisted world have led to incredible images, international exhibitions and valuable advice. (more…)