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Our long story of transformation

13 April 2015 15:00

Celebrated Nigerian-born novelist and poet Ben Okri was in town to deliver a public address for Africa Month this week. Mondli Makhanya sat down with him.

War shots: A woman looks at photos taken by Doan Cong Tinh during the Vietnam war, at a photo exhibition titled Reporters de guerre, or War Reporters, at the French cultural house in Hanoi on Friday (April 17 2015). The exhibition, held in Hanoi ahead of the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam war, showcased more than 40 photos taken by four Vietnamese photographers. Vietnam marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon on April 30, the event that ended a war that lasted over 30 years, killing up to four million Vietnamese and more than 58,000 U.S troops. The exhibition runs from April 14 to May 10.

Picture: Kham/Reuters

Winning Women – Simi Pillay-van Graan: Crime buster

13 April 2015 7:00

Advocate Simi Pillay-van Graan, the versatile CEO of Business Against Crime SA, faced guns, knives and crime syndicate bosses before doing an MBA and moving to Bacsa, writes Sue Grant-Marshall.

Book review – Magical and authentic

12 April 2015 15:00

Rehana Rossouw’s What Will People Say is not a work of nonfiction, despite her formidable 30 years of journalism experience. Instead, she has stretched her wings and written fiction.

Writing against the odds

@City_Press 29 March 2015 15:00

Zainub Dala’s new novel, What About Meera, was meant to be launched at last week’s Time of the Writer Festival in Durban, but the launch was postponed after Dala was brutally attacked after she said she admired Salman Rushdie’s writing style.

Hot or Not

  • This Week


    The brilliant #147MoreThanANumber social-media campaign started by Kenyan tech activists has ensured the 147 people killed by al-Shabaab at a Garissa university have not become a footnote to terrorism’s ugly story. The campaign has given them names, faces and stories – and it has reinforced public antagonism towards this most cruel of organisations.


    A gruesome video of a US cop shooting and killing an unarmed black man has again raised questions about the use of lethal force by US police against black men. Officer Michael T Slager has been charged with the murder of Walter L Scott in South Carolina. But this is another black mark against US cops.

  • Previous Weeks


    Trevor Noah, who will replace Jon Stewart later this year as the host of The Daily Show, the top-rated US late-night talk and news satire ­television programme. Full stop.


    Vusimuzi Windvoel. Thandi Shongwe. Who? Until this week, nobody knew. Windvoel, an Mpumalanga legislator for the ANC, objected to his fellow DA member Jane Sithole’s dress, saying she looked like a sex worker because she was wearing “see-through things”. Shongwe, the speaker, agreed. Words fail us.

  • Previous Weeks


    This week Angelina Jolie had a second round of preventive surgery after gene testing revealed vulnerability to ovarian cancer. Twice now, this superstar has written publicly about her decision to undergo surgery to protect her life and keep cancer at bay. By doing this, she turned a private battle into public health education. She intends to meet her grandchildren, she says.


    Vindictive, dishonest, lacking integrity and honour and making false statements under oath. Judge Elias Matojane had nothing good to say about acting Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza’s conduct in a bid to suspend the unit’s head in Gauteng, Shadrack Sibiya. How can we now trust Ntlemeza to do his utmost best to protect and serve?

  • Previous Weeks


    JP Duminy for taking a hat-trick of wickets as the Proteas booked their semifinal spot in the 2015 World Cup with a victory over Sri Lanka this past week. JP’s hat-trick was the second in South African one-day international history, but the first at a World Cup. He was also the second spinner to take a World Cup hat-trick, behind Pakistan’s Saqlain Mushtaq.


    The world would be better if people like Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu weren’t in power. For a long time now, neighbouring Palestine has been living under Israel’s oppressive rules. In the run-up to the election this past week, Netanyahu vowed not to create a separate state for Palestine. Clearly, power corrupts – absolutely.

  • Previous Weeks


    Sizwe Nxasana, the man with the ­Midas touch, has announced his decision to step down as FirstRand CEO. Under his tenure, FirstRand has become a top-eight firm on the JSE and is Africa’s largest bank by market value and earnings. The group reported stellar profit, a trend that has followed Nxasana through a star-studded career. A role model for generations to come.


    Speaker Baleka Mbete has never been everyone’s cup of tea. This week she vindicated her critics. When President Zuma ignored her intervention in Parliament – four times – she made excuses that he could not hear her “pleas for him to sit”. To top it all, she told MPs they were not equal to Zuma. Has she ever read the Constitution?

To fight TB, we must take care of both politics and people

24 March 2015 6:00

I have travelled across our continent and have seen that despite much progress, millions of people still do not have access to basic health services. This injustice is hindering the potential of our citizens, communities, and the entire continent.

Putting a price on God

22 March 2015 15:00

Charismatic self-help guru Deepak Chopra was in SA this past week to sell his new type of ­spirituality – God 2.0 – to his devoted fans.



President Jacob Zuma has failed us. He has not protected us.
Amos Madhudhu, a Zimbabwean who was part of a group of foreigners who were displaced in Ekurhuleni, lashing out at South Africa’s government

Lighter Side

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