Reporters' Notebooks

How many hoops must African students jump through to study in...

To get into a South African university isn’t easy, but it becomes even more difficult if you come from another country. DANA DA SILVA...

Bare bums call for service delivery

Often protestors account for their actions by saying “Protesting is the only language the government understands”. Twenty years into democracy, Diepkloof Hostel protesters took...

“Consider how I felt when accosted by a stranger on a...

Ass groping, suggestive stares and catcalls are but some forms of street harassment that South African women are subjected to by men each day....

The problem isn’t black hair, it’s racist schools

"The problem is that people do not understand black people's natural hair and they don't understand what it takes for a black girl's...

Are protests the only way to a gain a university education?

Students around the country have been experiencing frustrations with access to financial aid; some have resorted to protests as a way to highlight their...

The Senzo Meyiwa love triangle and SA’s propensity for double think

The murder of Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa has forced South Africans to confront some hard truths about the state of...

When black people don’t live up to Gareth Cliff’s standards

Black Twitter was outraged when radio personality Gareth Cliff inquired about who was footing the bill for South African football captain Senzo Meyiwa’s state...

Water shortages and SA’s urban/rural double standards

In Gauteng water has finally been restored to most areas, but it left many South Africans with questions. Why were there water shortages in the first place?...

How Chicky Lamba won the Internet [VIDEO]

Last week a lovers' spat got ugly and a Laudium tough guy developed delusions of grandeur. The video of the ugly spat went viral and...

Remembering Rhodes, Neglecting SA’s Freedom Fighters

I've never paid much attention to Cecil John Rhodes, but his presence is entrenched in my city. Rhodes Memorial is one of Cape Town's...

UKZN students present a united front after violent protest

The mood was sombre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) this week following violent protests on campus. There was no assurance that management would...

People don’t fail just because they’re “stupid”

AAISHA DADI PATEL spent time at Wits University last week helping students to fight academic and financial exclusions. She shares what this sobering experience...

Lwandle: One month after the evictions

A month ago, the eviction site at Nomzamo, near Lwandle in Strand, was a wreck of broken down shacks and displaced people. Over 800...

UKZN strikes: Violence cannot be our only tool

After the recent violent strikes at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN), SHIMEI GANESH asks why student’s can’t exercise their right to freedom of...

Andile Mngxitama’s State of the Nation Address

When EFF leader Julius Malema stood up in Parliament at the 2015 State of the Nation Address (Sona) and said, “It is my right...

25 years later, comrades remember Mandela’s release

On 11 February 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from Victor Verster prison after spending 27 years as a political prisoner. It was a momentous...

Making space for LGBTQI people where the street and constitution diverge

The Constitution of South Africa was the first in the world to outlaw unfair discrimination on the basis of sex, gender and/or sexual orientation. And yet, members of...

In uMlazi, fear and tension is rising after foreign shop owners...

uMlazi, the second-biggest township in the country, is where two Ethiopians suffered third-degree burns after about 30 people attacked them with petrol bombs during...

Berea evictions are one of many, but we forget

Most of us find comfort during the bitter Johannesburg winter from knowing that we have a warm place to return to every night. However,...

Waiting for the #Brixton141 to be released, I learned to be...

GOOLAM SAYNEDS was outside the Brixton police station on Saturday as protesting workers and students who were jailed on Friday afternoon were released. He learned...
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