Reporters' Notebooks

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...

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...

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...

Vogue magazine to the big booty: You can sit with us

Vogue magazine has just discovered big booties. No, really.  An article on the website flamboyantly declares “We’re officially in the era of big butts”. Except,...

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...

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...

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...

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 %...

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...

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...

Feed A Child: A dogged pursuit

RA'EESA PATHER ponders the PR disaster that was the Feed A Child advert.At some point there must have been a "eureka!'' moment. After deliberation,...

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...

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...

“We will stay here anyway, we have nowhere else to go.”

On Sunday the eThekweni Municipality destroyed dozens of homes in Cato Crest, which it said had been built illegally on land earmarked for housing. RUMANA...

“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....

Don’t sweep Lwandle under the rug

RA'EESA PATHER reflects on her time reporting from the Nomzamo informal settlement near Lwandle in Strand, where hundreds of people have been displaced following a...

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...

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.

Are South Africans as free as birds?

Twenty years later UYANDA SIYOTULA asks, can we proudly say this is the freedom we fought for?

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.
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