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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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Mlangeni: a life spent fighting for freedom

Andrew Mlangeni is ninety years old, his eyes carry ghosts, his hands wear wrinkles and scars, and he is one of the two surviving members from the Rivonia Trial group of men imprisoned in 1964. Last week he spoke up against corruption and the prevailing apartheid prejudices in a presentation at Rhodes University. (more…)

The hope of art: a public artwork at Rhodes University

My heart, life and land

My heart, life and land

This world constantly breaks my heart, and so I need to make art. It allows me to hope.

I open myself to the heartache in this place. I let it flood my heart and fill my mind until my thoughts are exhausted and I am battered, broken, cracked.

That is when I make art. That is when I remember the beauty of humanity.

 

Can this feeling be shared? Can art be used to give other people hope? Can art help other people exist?

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Spoken Word: sketches, snippets and signatures

Spoken Word is packed with punches that ripple with rhymes wrapped in rhythms that twist the mind.

The South African spoken word scene was celebrated and cultivated last week with a festival of performed poetry, which was held at the Eastern Star Museum. The festival, ‘Arc to the Future‘, was presented by the English Department of Rhodes University and the National English Literary Museum from 9 – 11 September. (more…)