Reporters' Notebooks

Gaza solidarity march: No “right of admission reserved” 

Listen to an audio version of this story here: When I heard that 100,000 people were expected to march for Gaza in Cape Town I...

Conversations with our Elderly

RUMANA AKOOB reflects on her time spent with elderly South Africans in Durban this week.

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...

In a country of many stories, the elderly tell theirs

UYANDA SIYOTULA says it is the elderly, those who have seen and heard it all and have their stories to tell, who will tell the great South African story.

Xenophobia: let’s not forget that many foreign nationals are refugees

We call the victims of xenophobic attacks foreign nationals, but I won’t do that here. The term “foreign” nationals creates a bigoted binary of us and...

I blamed myself but my focus was misplaced

"Silly me, of course I shouldn't have been walking around in Braamfontein so late." PONTSHO PILANE reflects on the harassment she's had to deal...

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...

It’s not just Stellenbosch University that needs to “luister”

The frustration and dissent expressed by the Open Stellenbosch movement are shared by students at NWU-Pukke, but they don’t see change coming any time soon,...

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...

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 elders need not worry: young voters are taking a stand

PONTSHO PILANE spent election day in line at the Wits University voting station. And, despite, the rhetoric that describes the born-free generation as apathetic, she...

FIVE ways to get the youth to register to vote

Our Durban reporter, RUMANA AKOOB has some advice for the IEC.

Election Day: the view from Durban

The day dawned on our country like a holy day. South Africans once more had an opportunity to exercise their freedom and right to vote. But will elections bring real change to our society? NONDUMISO MABASO canvasses the mood of Durban residents.

Nomvula Mokonyane’s buttocks: When sensationalism supersedes logic 

On Monday, I was bombarded with the headlines of leading South African media agencies – including City Press, Eye Witness News and SowetanLive – all claiming that...

Humanities students suffer in the education hierarchy

The government is intent on improving the quality and number of maths and science learners. This is a noble aim, but it...

Travelling a jobless road

RA’EESA PATHER mulls the plight of South Africa’s unemployed.

A call to redefine democracy

It is often said that the grass is greener on the other side, but that is not the case when you pay a visit in either Kliptown or Bekkersdal, writes UYANDA SIYOTULA.

#FNW19: Journalism Is Under Threat But There Is Hope

REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK “Journalists are the canary in the mineshaft,” said Sreenivasan Jain, managing editor at New Delhi Television (NDTV)....

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...

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...
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