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18 March 2018 09:59 (South Africa)
Life, etc

South African Culture Guides and the art of Alternative Facts

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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

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Photo: Professor Stephen Hawking delivers a speech entitled 'Why We Should Go Into Space' at  The George Washington University in Washington, DC, USA, 21 April 2008. EPA-EFE/STEFAN ZAKLIN

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Photo: US actor/cast member Chadwick Boseman arrives for the European premiere of Black Panther at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, Britain, 08 February 2018.  EPA-EFE/WILL OLIVER

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Photo: Vehicles are stuck in a traffic jam in Hanoi, Vietnam, 29 June 2017. EPA/LUONG THAI LINH

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Photo: A file photo of Johnny Clegg from 2014 by Dominique Cardinal via Flickr

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Photo: Famed jazz horn player Hugh Masekela performing in 2009. Photo: Tom Beetz (wikimedia commons)

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Photo: A scene from the Oscar-nominated short film Revolting Rhymes. (Supplied)

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