Siboniso*, a 21-year old from Pinetown in KwaZulu-Natal, fears he might never receive a certificate for a National Diploma he completed at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). He is one of hundreds of graduates who instead of receiving confirmation of their qualifications, were handed statements with amount they respectively owe the institution. I am a National […]
Life Esidimeni’s Baneng Centre patients safe from relocation for now, but fight to safeguard the rights and dignity of those with chronic mental health disabilities continues. The deep inequality of South Africa has a huge impact on access to mental health services, particularly for those dependent on the public health system. It means that poorer […]
Unless you were only following SABC, visuals of protests in Tshwane recently filled a lot of our news. Barricaded township roads; burning buses and tyres; shops being looted and bystanders unable to get to work. The spark which triggered the protest action was the announcement of the ANC’s mayoral candidate, in the lead up to […]
My house was recently robbed. As I heard the first sounds outside, I grabbed my kids, laptop and phone and bolted up the stairs. Tried calling the cops who didn’t answer, then made hysterical calls to colleagues and family to keep trying to reach the cops. I was scared, scared in a way I have never […]
Using Observatory Cape Town as an example, I wrote a piece about was how our city spaces are anti-poor, owing to collusion between the state and elites. Observatory Improvement District Vice Chairperson, Katharine McKenzie responded, underpinning my initial argument with the assertion that the formation of the improvement districts as a “democratic process”, which is undertaken […]
The embedding of social media networks into our daily lives led to the rise of the internet meme, bringing humour to the many words that fill the interwebs. But it was really in 2014 when the ‘Confused Black Girl’ image went viral, it was clear that the age of the internet meme is upon us. […]
Photo Blog: Following a series of protests joined by higher education students from across the country, students took their demands for a reduction in higher education fees and the end of outsourcing at institutions- among other demands- to the Union Building.