Ron Eland, at far left, in Great Britain’s 1948 Olympic team. The stories of Eland and other black athletes must be told.
Pic taken from Haliday, J. (1950). Olympic Weight-lifting with Body Building for all. London: Pullum & Sons
Writing and rewriting black sporting history is a means of redressing exclusion.
Farm dwellers like Zabalaza Mshengu live in extremely precarious conditions.
Association for Rural Advancement
Farm dwellers’ conclusion is that the politics associated with land is not about an organised emancipatory movement. Farm dwellers are mainly preoccupied with daily survival strategies.
Land ownership patterns in South Africa have not really changed since the advent of democracy.
There is very little clarity as to who owns what land in South Africa. A lack of reliable data and statistics doesn’t help.
Getting access to a university doesn’t necessarily mean feeling comfortable in that space.
Students experience intense feelings of discomfort, confusion and even embarrassment at being classified as “different” and an “anomaly” alongside the norm of white academic success.
Demonstrators protest against the decision by the South African Broadcasting Corporation to stop airing violent protest scenes.
As South Africa marks Media Freedom Day, it’s clear that its battle isn’t over. Attacks on journalists continue –through physical intimidation and there’s also the threat of new laws.
South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
South Africa’s Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, claims the intelligence services are being used to discredit him and prevent him becoming the country’s next leader.
Cape Town reggae artist, Teba Shumba.
Reggae in South Africa has lost its visibility and prominence inside the country after apartheid. But local artists have built up extensive international links.
Many are questioning South Africa’s constitutional democracy amid high poverty and unemployment.
Has South Africa’s constitutional project failed? Is the country’s constitution an obstacle to meaningful redistribution and land reform?
Protests over housing at, an informal settlement near Johannesburg.
Recent events suggest that South Africa’s government may be resorting to short-term measures to pacify anger over lack of housing. But what’s needed is a major overhaul of the housing policy.
People with albinism often isolate themselves to avoid discrimination.
People with albinism tend to identify with the black rather than the white community. Their physical differences, though, mean they don’t fit into either race group.
The resources kids have at school and home influence their performance in science.
Policies must seek to improve the manner in which the language of instruction is taught to learners who don’t speak that language at home.
In Maboneng, bikes and bistros abound. In adjacent inner-city Johannesburg, people struggle to survive.
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Maboneng in Johannesburg represents one strand of the type of urban “development” that’s advocated for by the proponents of “global cities”.
Student protests in South Africa have centred around free tertiary education.
Generational rebellion is an enduring feature of all societies. Indeed, it is the dynamic through which societies renew themselves and move forward.
Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada share a moment in South Africa’s Parliament in 1999.
South African struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada believed in non-racialism to his core, even as others around him began to argue for an Africanist approach.
Water’s Edge II (2009) - a print related to the ‘Black Smoke Rising’ series.
Hidden underneath painting codes are the violence and bloodshed of colonial exploitation. ‘Lull’ is a daunting reminder of this.
A woman arrives for Nelson Mandela’s memorial. The idea of a rainbow nation has been futile.
Despite the noble goals of the new South Africa and its ideals of racial harmony, racial tensions remain a major problem in the country. Prejudice and bigotry persists even in universities.
Students in South Africa are tired of Western, Eurocentric university curricula.
More than two decades after apartheid ended, South African universities still tend to offer a view of the country and continent that is rooted in colonial and apartheid thinking.
University “transformation” has a unique meaning in South Africa.
If researchers pose the right questions about transformation, this can lead to better answers, stronger policies and, ultimately, real change.
South Africa isn’t the “rainbow nation” some claim it to be.
How can conversations around race, class and gender be allowed back into classrooms without becoming emotionally harmful and divisive?
People need spaces in which they can speak honestly about their pain and anger.
Universities are so busy trying to make ends meet that there’s no time to listen to their communities’ stories. It’s crucial to develop safe spaces where tough conversations can happen.