Reporters' Notebooks

FIVE ways to get the youth to register to vote

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

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...

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...

Mido Macia and how SA became desensitised to police brutality

The tragic death of a person as a result of police brutality enrages the citizens. The incident becomes a prevalent topic. Those whose lives...

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...

Ahoy there! Which way for the Cape?

RA’EESA PATHER read the Institute of Security Studies “FuturesCape Policy Brief”. It’s left her with more questions than answers.

#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)....

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...

Conversations with our Elderly

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

My X: Better health for all!

Our government is not an epitome of good health. It has been diagnosed by the media, analysts and political figures as having several political chronic ailments, corruption, unemployment, poor service delivery, the Marikana massacre and Nkandlagate. How can we expect the health system to be fit and strong under such governance, asks UYANDA SIYOTULA.

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...

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...

Unemployment: “The bottom line is people are suffering”

Listen to an audio version of this story: Statistics South Africa recently revealed that the national unemployment rate has increased to 25.5%, up 0.3 %...

Vogue magazine and the “Columbusing” of the big booty

When I came across Vogue’s article about the “official era of the Big Booty” my anger and annoyance moved me to pen this short open...

Land grabs in Philippi: “We are afraid of being evicted”

Over the past week, scores of informal settlers from around Cape Town moved to occupy areas of land near the Marikana Land Occupation in...

Can we really say there is hope for the youth?

Despite the problem of unemployment and a seemingly bleak outlook when it comes to jobs for the youth, UYANDA SIYOTULA feels the government is headed in the right direction.

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...

“In this country, when I start my sentence with ‘I am...

These are the words of Sunette Bridges, an artist and self-proclaimed human rights activist, during the live recording of the eNCA’s The Big Debate episode on racism....

Lessons on the state of the nation

RUMANA AKOOB has learned some valuable lessons in her efforts to discover the "state of the nation".

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...
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