Album artwork for Mount Ninji And Da Nice Time Kid.
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Controversial South African band Die Antwoord illustrates the power relations that make cultural appropriation and blackface so damaging.
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Buys, the award-winning novel by Willem Anker, uses lines without credit from the Irish writer - not the first such literary controversy it has raised.
Antjie Krog from a detail of the cover for the book ‘n Vry vrou (a free woman).
Human & Rousseau
The famous writer turns 70 this year. She is driven by how South Africans see and hear one another.
Graffiti artist Falko Starr finishes a mural in the Cape Flats area of Cape Town.
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It’s been in existence since the 1500s but the Kaaps language, synonymous with Cape Town, has never had a dictionary until now.
What does a more desirable future for people and the planet look like.
What are the visions that reflect the diverse values that nature holds for people?
Integrating African languages could help deal with some xenophobia in South Africa.
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Research has shown that African immigrants in South Africa refrain from speaking their own languages and try to speak local languages to blend in.
Peter Marais, the Freedom Front Plus’ candidate for Western Cape premier, left, and party leader, Pieter Groenewald.
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The FF+‘s constituency is overwhelmingly Afrikaner white Protestants. But, it appears to have made inroads among coloured conservatives.
Editor Max du Preez with one of the early editions of Vrye Weekblad.
A progressive Afrikaans newspaper will be relaunched soon. But Vrye Weekblad can’t trade on its history alone. It will need to consider the challenges of the present and the future.
Statues like these - here Paul Kruger at Pretoria’s Church Square - are a reminder of a time when Afrikaners were the ruling class in South Africa.
Afrikaners in post-apartheid South Africa struggle with a historical sense of inferiority that reinforces their whiteness.
Leaders use translators during the inauguration of President Mr João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço of Angola.
Raising the status of the African languages to that of official languages in South Africa post-1994 led to an explosion of translation and interpreting work in local and foreign languages.
Language and herbs travel thanks to the Rastafarian community around Cape Town.
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Ethical engagement in multilingual communication is about mutual respect. More importantly, it’s about shaping a shared future through face-to-face communication.
Bernoldus Niemand (aka James Phillips) at the Market Theatre Warehouse in Johannesburg, 1989.
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Rock music against military conscription during 1980s South Africa resonated with wider fault lines in Afrikaner society - this as the apartheid regime’s grip on power started to slip.
Award-winning Hemelbesem is a black Afrikaans hip-hop artist.
Afrikaans is very much a black language. The apartheid government’s ploy to construct it as a “white language”, with a “white history”, denied the commonality of the language across race and class.
Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr (with the yellow t-shirt) in front of a statue of Paul Kruger at Church Square in Pretoria.
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The idea of white victimhood played an important part in Donald Trump’s rise. The South African brand of white supremacy has made a tangible contribution to this narrative of victimhood.
Students march at South Africa’s Stellenbosch University in 2015. They were seeking a legal right to be taught in English rather than Afrikaans.
Next year South Africa’s Stellenbosch University will celebrate its centenary. A recent conference to discuss the anniversary has reminded everyone present that knowledge is a fickle mistress.
Fokofpolisiekar’s lead vocalist Francois van Coke.
A pioneering documentary about South African punks, Fokofpolisiekar, doesn’t only focus on the band, but also illuminates the evolution of the documentary form.
Celebrated South African poet Adam Small passed away at the age of 79.
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Black Consciousness activist, Afrikaans poet and revered academic Adam Small has passed away. In his large volume of work he gave voice to the downtrodden – those marginalised by apartheid.
Strict security at the South African Broadcasting Corporation before the country’s 2004 national elections.
Many broadcasters around the world enforce local content quotas to ensure their television industries’ survival. But the success of these measures varies widely.
Students at Stellenbosch University call for Afrikaans to be scrapped as the institution’s main language.
Those who don’t want Stellenbosch University to make English the main language of instruction have invoked South Africa’s Constitution - but the assumptions underlying their arguments are false.
The language of learning is a politically fraught matter in South Africa, harking back to the tragic 1976 Soweto uprising.
There’s an ongoing debate about how best to promote multilingualism in schools. But is this debate relevant when it comes to teaching science?