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24 October 2016 22:12 (South Africa)
Life, etc

Reporter's notebook: Mother's Sunday, South Africa

  • Greg Nicolson
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    Greg Nicolson

    Nicolson left his hometown of Melbourne to move to Johannesburg, beset by fears Australia was going to the dogs. With a camera and a Mac in his bag, he ventures out to cover power and politics, the lives of those included and those excluded. He can be found at the tavern, searching for a good story or drowning a bad one.

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Review: Annie – We think you’re gonna like it here

By Lesley Stones
Photo: Books Bob Dylan are on display at the bookstore Donner in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 14 October 2016. Dylan won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Swedish Academy announced in Stockholm on 13 October 2016. EPA/LEX VAN LIESHOUT

A tribute to Bobby D

By Ross Harvey
Photo: Cover of Dylan's The times they are a-changin'

It’s alright, Ma: Bob Dylan redeems modern literature

By Kevin Bloom
NB Photos are stills from the film. Noem My Skollie was produced by David Max Brown and Moshidi Motshegwa (Maxi-D Productions) in association with M-Net, kykNET the NFVF and the DTI, and distributed by Ster Kinekor Entertainment. It is directed by Daryne Joshua. Twitter: @noemmyskollie

A Skollie Good Show: Meet John W. Fredericks, the man who sold words for safety

By Marelise van der Merwe

Theatre review: It’s more than a hoot – it’s a classic

By Lesley Stones

Theatre review: Keyboard Killers will, um, slay you

By Lesley Stones

Review: The World According to Zille

Photo: Silent protesters stand in front of President Jacob Zuma during his speech at the official announcement of the results for the 2016 local government elections. They held signs against gender based violence, 10 years after Zuma was acquitted on rape charges. (Greg Nicolson)

Rape Culture: The bunch of flowers between abuses

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photos: Mariola Biela.

Theatre Review: Acceptance wades into emotive territory

By Lesley Stones
Photo by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, via Flickr.

World Obesity Day: How to slim down the country’s children?


SARS Wars: ROGUE – reclaiming the narrative from the inside out

By Marianne Thamm

Good news for breast cancer sufferers even as prevalence rises

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Christopher Dombres via Flickr

Health-e News: The role of supermarkets in the nation’s obesity

Some of the parrots confiscated from executive member of the Parrot Breeders Association of South Africa, Dieter Horstmann. Photo: Diana Neille

Grey area: The illicit parrot trade and SA’s captive-breeding industry

By Kimon de Greef
Photo: 18th Session of Human Rights Council A wide view of the Human Rights Council at its eighteenth session, in Geneva, Switzerland. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré.

South Africa and women’s healthcare rights: One step forward, two steps back?

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Marianne Thamm.

Video – Between The Lines: Hitler, Verwoerd & Marianne Thamm

By John Matisonn

Theatre review: Cheers to Sarajevo

By Lesley Stones
Photo: Alexander Fleming, who is credited with discovering penicillin in 1928. (Wikimedia Commons)

Health-E News: Fighting the Superbugs


Addiction & Recovery: When the carrot beats the stick

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo of Allister Sparks by Media24.

Allister Sparks: An editor in the vanguard of a Golden Age of South African Journalism

By J Brooks Spector
Main photo by Devils Peak Photography

Sk8 for Gr8: The creative collaborative hoping to redesign the futures of Woodstock’s kids

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Anti-LGBT Pastor Steven Anderson Applauds Orlando Massacre: 'There's Fifty Less Pedophiles In The World' (

Gigaba says No to US ‘hate’ pastor, but challenges remain

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: ‘I want gay people to understand that not all of us are against them,’ Gcimikhaya Mamtame said as he posed with the campaign cut-out. Photo: Kayla Molander.

GroundUp: Survey finds lack of direct contact with gay people

By GroundUp
Photo: Chicken nuggets, by Walt Stoneburner via Flickr

Taking on Big Food: How low-income countries are targeted for distribution of junk food


Theatre review: My Fat Friend – too vicious to be lightweight

By Lesley Stones
Photo: A Malaysian wildlife official stands near confiscated elephant ivory tusks from Africa before destroying the ivory, in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, 14 April 2016. Malaysian authorities destroy 10 tons of seized ivory tusks as part of the country's progress in combating the ivory trafficking and illegal trade. EPA/FAZRY ISMAIL

Op-Ed: Can CITES cope with the illegal wildlife trade?

By Adam Cruise
Photo: US Investor George Soros arrives at the 51st Security Conference at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany, 06 February 2015. EPA/ANDREAS GEBERT

Op-Ed: Should philanthropy be funding arts and culture?

By Shelagh Gastrow
Photo of the empty stands at Orlando Stadium by @sakhilemagalela / Twitter

The Sounds of Silence: King Hlaudi’s 90% flop concert

Photo: Kossi Aguessy, 2016 Featured Designer at FNB Joburg Art Fair.

Joburg Art Fair: A barometer of the present

By Marelise van der Merwe