- Greg Nicolson
What's going on round the corner, up the road, upstairs, behind that fence or those net curtains? A new podcast, First Person, is an intimate attempt at getting to know ordinary South Africans who are up to interesting things in private and occasionally public spaces. Meet pigeon fanciers, pensioners taking psychedelic journeys, a sangoma channelling her boer ancestor and more. Hosted by Daily Maverick's MARIANNNE THAMM, the first episode is a close up on Thomas Mollett, an ordinary man consumed with solving cold cases.
Muhammad Ali was more than a boxer. He was a humanitarian, activist and poet who brought laughter and light to so many people who only knew darkness and despair. His ability to spin a yarn for the press or hurl verbal jibes at his opponent were unrivalled and no one since has been able to match Ali in this regard. CONQA Sport takes a look at the art of trash talk and finds that it exists within a subjective realm where what is appropriate or not comes down to the individual’s perception. We also pick our 12 best scathing moments of trash talk in sports history. By DANIEL GALLAN.
Lots of people get bitten by snakes in Africa. If they reach medical help in time, many are treated with Fav-Afrique – an all-purpose anti-venom that can counteract bites from 10 of the continent’s most dangerous snakes. But all remaining stocks of FAV-Afrique will expire at the end of June, and no one is making any new supplies. By SIMON ALLISON.
In yet another senseless shooting spree, the biggest in US history, 49 people have lost their lives in Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In the early hours of Sunday morning Omar Mateen opened fire on those who were dancing the night away. IS claimed responsibility for the killing. In the aftermath of the killing a number of religious people took to social media to condemn homosexuality. Appallingly, one called it “good news”. Guns and terrorism will, no doubt, be debated in the coming days and weeks. But what role does religion play in the persecution and suffering of gay people? By RUSSELL POLLITT.
Four years after the then ice-cold Betty Ketani case gripped headlines around the country, surviving members of her family made a heartwrenching journey to Johannesburg, to visit key crime sites and bring her spirit home to the Eastern Cape. At the same time, the journalist who broke the story is launching his gripping new book about the case. MARELISE VAN DER MERWE spoke to Eyewitness News’ Alex Eliseev.
On Monday, Oscar Pistorius learnt that he will know his fate in June, when the court deliberates during a fresh sentencing hearing on charges of murder. Meanwhile, a new book by amateur forensic sleuths sheds new light on the evidence, suggesting that Reeva Steenkamp had sustained several injuries before she locked herself in the toilet of Pistorius’s Silver Woods estate on 14 February 2013. By MARIANNE THAMM.
Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warned of the danger of the “single story”, and Kevin Bloom and Richard Poplak have taken that warning to heart in their new book on Africa. Continental Shift is full of stories, many of them contradictory, all of them entertaining, and together they offer a snapshot of a continent that defies easy definition. This is essential reading for anyone with more than a passing interest in the continent, but especially for those of us who live on it. By SIMON ALLISON.
These are tough times for art at UCT. Paintings were burnt in a protest in January after an exhibition in Molly Blackburn Hall of events in 2015 was taken down when some students disapproved of it. GroundUp has taken a look at the art at UCT and the work of the Artworks Task Team. By Nathan Geffen for GROUNDUP.