The longer government dithers over how Eskom’s debt will be paid, the bigger the problem becomes. Whatever the decision, electricity customers and taxpayers will feel the pinch.
The Freedom Charter process was an imperfect but impressive attempt at capturing the will of the people and articulating an alternative vision to apartheid South Africa.
Young black men are often viewed through a criminal lens. A new book based on an 11-year-long study of adolescent men in a South African township upends the stereotypes.
Prison life is about routine: each day like the one before; each week like the one before it, so that the months and years blend into each other.
Most of the community radio stations operate on a survivalist level, and should be seen as struggling small, medium and micro enterprises.
No South African photographer leaves a more substantial legacy than Santu Mofokeng. He was adept at mapping interior worlds through haunting images of black life and, above all, his landscapes.
Late detection of breast cancer means treatment is often drastic and frightening for patients.
Government policies need to acknowledge individual agency as a mechanism for change, while reducing barriers to income-producing activities.
A clandestine system of transfer payment, with roots in apartheid-era boycotts, has developed into routine behaviour on which many family budgets now depend.
It’s not enough to simply promote healthy eating and exercise without considering the very real environmental and structural constraints present in South Africa.
Johannesburg Then and Now is an important book about what ought to be appreciated and “saved”.
Harmful pesticides have been found in the widely consumed sharptooth catfish found in a river that runs through Johannesburg.
Framing xenophobic violence as a question of immigrant victimisation invites divisions between neighbours.
Health workers promote exclusive breastfeeding to HIV positive mothers more than they do to mothers who are negative.
The persistence of Sam Nzima’s June 16 photograph is remarkable. The shadow in the photograph can be read as a metaphor for the rich debate that this image continues to bring to the surface.
Stories from the ground highlighted the unmet needs of people who are vulnerable and who are left behind.
About 60% of children in South Africa under 10 years don’t live with their biological fathers. But research sheds light on those who despite the pressures remain involved in their children’s lives.
South Africa’s governing ANC has always seen economic growth as the driving force for change. This was wishful thinking as the damage done by apartheid will take far more to undo.
Two of South Africa’s finest musicians, Johnny Mekoa and Ray Phiri, died recently. The permeable terrain between genres their careers negotiated, is being replaced by rigid marketing categories.
TV talk and makeover shows have a preference for spectacle and conflict. But new collaborative models may be the future.