Reporters' Notebooks

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

What I learnt after a week of travelling with SA writers

Books and intellectual conversations all day long, right? Wrong. Writers are like you and me. They are very human who don’t always talk smart...

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...

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...

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...

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?...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Blackface and “Braai Day” are just a distraction from our real...

My Tuesday morning was marred by yet another blackface incident. For some reason, this took me by surprise; I didn't think we would have...

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...

Middle-class xenophobia – it’s a thing

They may not pick up stones and throw petrol bombs, but the South African middle class is as guilty of committing xenophobia as any...

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...

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...
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