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25 April 2017 08:45 (South Africa)
Life, etc

South African Culture Guides and the art of Alternative Facts

  • Rebecca Davis
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    Rebecca Davis

    Rebecca Davis studied at Rhodes University and Oxford before working in lexicography at the Oxford English Dictionary. After deciding she’d rather make up words than define them, she returned to South Africa in 2011 to write for the Daily Maverick, which has been a magnificilious decision.  

Photo: South African members of the Cape Minstrel bands attend the annual Tweede Nuwe Yaar (second new year) carnival through the streets of Cape Town, South Africa, 02 January 2017. This yearly parade dates back to the mid 19th century when the slaves in Cape Town were granted by their colonial masters one day off in the year. To celebrate, groups would dress up as minstrels, waving parasols, strumming banjos, making music, dancing and parading from the District Six area through to the city centre. Many of the songs still sung today date back to the 1800s. EPA/NIC BOTHMA
Photo by Nomboniso Gasa.

Op-Ed: Opulence and Emptiness of the Gupta Family’s Shrimad Bhagwat Katha

By Nomboniso Gasa & Roshnie Moonsammy
Photo: Planet Earth by Pixnio.

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By Marelise van der Merwe
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By Paul McNally
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Street Talk: Interracial Relationships (Video)

By Street Talk
Photo: Water cascading over a pair of hands. (Mike R. Manzano via Flickr)

Op-Ed: The contrition clause of parole

By Ruth Hopkins
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AmaBookaBooka: Seed Thief Steals Hearts (Podcast)

By Amabookabooka
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Book review: Mamphela Ramphele’s ‘Dreams, Betrayal and Hope’

By Rebecca Davis
Main photo: fokofopolisiekar’s Wynand Myburgh spits water on to the crowd at Shimmy Beach Club. Photo: Shaun Swingler

Fokofpolisiekar: Sober, older, but still with as much spunk and relevance as before

By Antoinette Muller
Photo by Delyth Angharad via Flickr.

Putting land at the heart of radical economic transformation – a perspective from the ground

By Sithandiwe Yeni
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AmaBookaBooka: From activist to author to seeker of hidden skeletons (Podcast)

By Amabookabooka
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Street Talk: #ZumaMustFall (Video)

By Street Talk
Photo: An elephant in Timbavati (Photo by Mr D via Flickr)

Dear Don Pinnock: No Timbavati ‘100-pounder’ elephant hunt

By Simon Espley
Photo: Elephants in Timbavati Game Reserve, 2 Jan 2013. Photo by Maureen Barlin via Flickr

Dear Simon Espley: Let’s talk elephants and fake reporting

By Don Pinnock
Photo: Karin Schimke winner of the  the prestigious Ingrid Jonker Prize is this week's guest on Amabookabooka.

AmaBookaBooka: Poetry in Commotion (Podcast)

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Street Talk: Youth, activating for change (Video)

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Letter to the Editor: The right to reproductive health – Government and journalists need to do better

By Daily Maverick
Photo: A Western Cape High Court judgment has taken a step towards decriminalising dagga use, but it is still illegal for small-scale Eastern Cape dagga farmers to grow their crops. Photo: Masixole Feni

GroundUp: Understanding Judge Davis’s dope judgment

By GroundUp
Photo: South Africans react to the ruling legalizing Cannabis outside the Cape High Court in Cape Town, South Africa, 31 March 2017. The Western Cape High Court 31 March 2017 ruled it will allow people to possess, cultivate and use Cannabis at home. The law that made it illegal has been removed. Parliament has 24 months to write it into statute. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

The Cannabis Chronicles: Peace, Love, Respect

By Kevin Bloom
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Theatre review: The Play That Goes (perfectly) Wrong

By Lesley Stones
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Alibi, Ep 5: A deep look at how a man was tortured… to figure out if he was innocent of murder (Podcast)

By Paul McNally
Photo: Doctor Ewelina Krol from the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology of the University of Gdansk and the Medical University of Gdansk during her work in the university laboratory in Gdansk, Poland, 04 October 2016. EPA/ADAM WARZAWA

Op-Ed: In an age of Zika and a threat of biochemical terror, health security must be everybody’s concern

By Wilmot James
Photo: Ahmed Kathrada with the author at Robben Island, May 2016 (Jeffrey Abrahams)

Op-Ed: Ahmed Kathrada’s lesson endures

By Kerry Kennedy
Photo: Adventurer Chris Bertish returns to his home city, Cape Town, after setting his transatlantic record. (Mark Sampson)

Interview: Chris Bertish, motivational dynamo and superhuman

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Lawrence Tomlinson talking to the author in Garforth, Leeds. Photo: Greg Mills

An answer to the fourth industrial revolution

By Greg Mills
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amaBookaBooka: From pavement to published author (Podcast)

By Amabookabooka
Photo: Viewers look upon a portrait of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada during the burial procession at West Park Cemetery in Johannesburg, South Africa, 29 March 2017. EPA/KEVIN SUTHERLAND

“Chaps, this is goodbye”

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Theatre Review: 'The Echo of a Noise' is quietly poignant

Theatre Review: ‘The Echo of a Noise’ is quietly poignant

By Lesley Stones
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Theatre Review: ‘El Blanco’ is theatre at its simplest

By Lesley Stones
Main photo: Bridget Hilton-Barber

AmaBookaBooka: The activist and the ‘Olive Branch’ (Podcast)

By Amabookabooka