by Karl Kemp / Images by Jaco du Plessis / 31.07.2014 / We find the patients in a desolate courtyard in the centre of the complex. They’re almost exclusively Afrikaans coloureds. Most stand, some sit, a few keep busy around a punching bag. One poses for us, tells us he’s actually a billionaire. It’s sedated chaos, the floors and walls bare. Maybe I’m imagining the moaning, but not the discordant singing. Further down the hall is the detox room.
by Nikhil Gilbert / Illustration by Sasan / 30.07.2014 / Diamonds hold a prominent position in the 21st century culture of engagement and courting. Walking through a shopping mall or flipping through glossy magazines, we will almost certainly come across a slender, elegant, digitally edited model advertising these sparkling gems that are meant to lure would-be suitors in to buying ridiculously over-priced stones for their spouses to be. This surely prompts one to wonder what makes these gems such expensive, invaluable cultural institutions…
by Iain Robinson / Images by Matt Vend / 28.07.2014 / Friday’s march through the Durban city centre was a strange time-warp; part history, part present, part future, all at once. Palestine’s future was the cause, South Africa’s present was the setting and South Africa’s history was the impetus. The reason for this latest show of our democratic right to protest? Apartheid.
Kavish Chetty / 26.07.2014 The setup for this film could not be more gripping for anyone interested in anticolonial and radical African history: nine chapters in which Lauryn Hill narrates excerpts from Algeria-based psychiatrist
Alastair Laird / 26.07.2014 Okay, so we have a bit of a violent history. But when the Mzansi take on the term 'necklace' ends up in a Hello Kitty kids' dictionary in the UK
Matt Vend / 25.07.2014 Shield and Spear tells the story of the dreams and aspirations of local artists and musicians in post-apartheid South Africa. Mzansi is a country still torn and divided, still suffering
Kavish Chetty / 24.07.2014 The Ethiopia of Beti and Amare has the slumberous atmosphere of a world that has long since surrendered to the apocalypse. Director Andy Siege, a young man who lived his
Mooketsi Nthite / 24.07.2014 Mo catches up with Mzansi's freestyle motocross legend ‘Sick Nick’ De Wit, Africa’s number one FMX rider and world number 5, hailing from Jozi. This cat is more fearless than
Marie-Claire de Villiers / 23.07.2014 Marie-Claire de Villiers dances herself crazy at the Cape Town World Music Festival. The sounds of Vieux Farka Touré, Los Tacos, Thandiswa Mazwai, Mix ‘n Blend and others left crowds
Karl Kemp / Images by Jaco du Plessis / 22.07.2014 Worcester, just beyond the Boland wine region, is two hours northeast of Cape Town. It’s the first notable dorp heading into the Klein Karoo platteland – a quiet, rural farming
Matt Vend / 21.07.2014 Entering the Pinetown taxi rank after dark is comparable to entering a post-apocalyptic warzone. Litter and debris is scattered throughout the streets as the last surviving humans loiter and wander
Tseliso Monaheng / 18.07.2014 It was only a matter of time before a European label scooped Okmalumkoolkat. He tested international waters with 2010s collaboration with Hyperdub’s L.V (entitled Boomslang) and always projects the image