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Michael Francis

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I have returned to South Africa.

I now teach Economic History and Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. I am happy to be back after a couple years away. I had been teaching anthropology at a Canadian University, but Africa called and I returned.

SA media in a good place

I have been away from South Africa in the belly of the beast so to speak. I have spent five weeks in the US and…

Forever in blue jeans: a brief history

I am reading an article by Michael Taussig called ‘Redeeming Indigo’ about the indigo colour or perhaps it’s about the colour indigo. This little history…

The African Global Village

Marshall McLuhan predicted a Global Village of interdependence based on new communication technology in the 1960s. Since then the concept has taken on new connotations…

Democracy deferred, again.

I have been challenged by Michael Trapido to write my take on the ANC. I have lots to say and lots I feel about the…