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Black Academic Caucus

The Place of Sara Baartman at UCT

The label “Hottentot Venus” continues to haunt our memory of Sara Baartman. This moniker, used in Jean Reaux’s posters to advertise the exhibit of Sara, may have been repudiated by renowned scholars such as Pumla Dineo Gqola, Zine Magubane, Yvette Abrahams, Patricia Hill Collins, Sander Gilman among others, but it has persisted as the lens…

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Lawrence Twigg

I’m sick of us and its making me fat!

They say that you can never be too rich or too thin. I am neither. I’m very sick. I feel like I’m being smothered. Like I’m drowning. Like I’m dying. I’m sick of: Julius Malema Floyd Shivambu Tom Moyane Bathabile Dlamini Patricia de Lille and the Cape Town City soap opera The gap between rich…

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Psychological Society of South Africa

Obituary: Prof Bame Nsamenang, committed humanist and leader in African psychology

It is with great sadness that the world heard of the passing of Professor Bame Nsanemang on February 2018. He was one of Africa’s great psychologists. A doyen of developmental science, whose lifelong commitment to building a discipline responsive to the needs of all of the people of the world, he will be sorely mourned…

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Bert Olivier

The question of heterotopia and/as dystopia

The term, ‘heterotopia’, was used by Michel Foucault in a brief text – titled ‘Of other spaces’ – published in Architecture /Mouvement/ Continuité (October, 1984; translated from the French by Jay Miskowiec). It is a richly suggestive text, although academics who can’t deal with poststructuralist thinkers’ complex writings have generally derogated it with all kinds…

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Bert Olivier

The craving for power

The hankering after power is as old as human beings; no, older – it is as old as the first unicellular being that emerged from the primeval morass of evolution. After all, like all organisms since then, it would have tried its primitive best to survive, to stave off death. And isn’t that already an…

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Lawyers for Human Rights

Mother detained with baby for 72 hours awarded R180 000 in damages by Court

On the 7th of July 2015 Selina Moyo**  was walking on Stasie Street heading towards Birchleigh train station, in Kempton Park. She was coming from her place of employment where she worked as a domestic worker. Upon her arrival at Birchleigh station she was stopped by two South African Police Services (SAPS) officials, little did…

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Kagure Mugo

We doing this or what?: The rise of access to sex and the sexual desire of women

We live in a world of hook-up apps, kink and sex positivity, where everything from apps to social media allow us to have access to sexual knowledge and ideas. Despite this unprecendented access are women allowed to get it the way they want to? I have had some friends who are newly entering the dating…

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Featured Multimedia

Supra Mahumapelo resigns as North West premier

Supra Mahumapelo has announced that he will be taking “early retirement” and has asked the ANC to look into allegations of corruption in his province.

Remembering Dr Philip Tabane, the creator and conjurer of malombo music

We pay tribute to Dr Philip Nchipi Tabane, the inimitable guitarist, philosopher and conduit of malombo spirits