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Power of inner-city Johannesburg must be harnessed

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A 2017 study commissioned by the Johannesburg Inner City Partnership and headed by urban planner Dr Tanya Zack, on the scope and nature of cross-border

A game of thrones: a parasitic, elite apparatus

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Over the past two weeks I have been reading George R R Martin’s novel, A Clash of Kings, and watching the series that it spawned,

Searching for a Helper: A South African Story

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I recently visited a distant relative’s house in rural South Africa in search of a live-in helper who was urgently needed by someone I know

A tale of two neighbourhoods

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I learnt the best lessons about how human beings respond to their surroundings when I lived in Kenilworth Upper in Cape Town. Specifically, I lived

It’s not all bad news: innovation in the private sector

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In South Africa we often spend much time analysing how much power and control the government exerts over our lives and how much havoc that

Rape: lip service is not enough

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A lot of the language around sexual violence in South Africa is rooted in the idea that the fundamental fix is ‘men speaking to –

Don’t defund the police, restructure the police!

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In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of Derek Chauvin and the subsequent protests around it, especially those with calls to defund

The Springboks’ excellence: an object lesson

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One of the great lessons I took away from the Springbok World Cup triumph in 2019, and some of the racial criticisms levelled at the

Societal underpinnings of gang rape

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Last year in September six teen boys, aged from 13 to 16, were arrested after being caught gang raping a mentally handicapped 30-year-old woman in

The De Klerk saga: SA is still a crime scene

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I understand why so many people were angry at former president FW De Klerk’s insistence that Apartheid was not a crime against humanity. I don’t