#WeToo: Sexual harassment in the workplace

Late night calls and inappropriate comments

Relax, it’s just polony

Why I’ve coined listeriosis as hysteriosis

Can the ANC be trusted to deliver land restitution?

The ruling party’s neoliberal economic dogma

The Rwandan genocide: When Black Lives Don’t Matter

The rhetorical cries of ‘never again’ ring ever more hollow

The roots of corporate ‘amorality’ in the Dutch and English East India Companies

Free trade is a myth perpetuated by the powerful

Freedom Day: A meditation on Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

Internalising the difficult truths about heroes and their legacies.

In the aftermath of #FeesMustFall: Scapegoats, race, and the question of individual responsibility

“We advised our terrified students to try to lock themselves in their rooms and wait it out”

The state of ethical and moral leadership in corporate South Africa

Trevor Manuel's address to the Unisa School of Business Leadership

Abortion: Should a man have a say on what a woman decides with her body?

Students share their views on this sensitive issue

Ah, but your land is beautiful

On the limits of landscape art and the land question

In conversation with Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi

A repository of our hidden African history

Zakes Mda on his new book, ‘The Zulus of New York’

“I write historical fiction to tame the past”

Land Reform: The key challenge of our time

If handled properly, social justice is possible

Rashid Lombard: Semi-retired, now Cape Town’s ultimate Jazz A-lister

Pulling off a festival with a dream and empty pockets

Thinking, researching and writing Africa: insights from Nigeria’s Tutuola

Tutuola’s novels are founded on the lived realities of Yoruba society

Hurricane Maria, a story of resilience

My family, and about 3 million others are not going anywhere

On Life Esidimeni and the banality of evil

The slow slip of weak leadership

Budget fails to bring change in economic direction

The 2018 budget is more of the same approach and will bring misery for most South Africans

Cape Town: This is not “the deadliest” water crisis

The city can survive it, if the narrative is productive

Fatima Meer: Painting in prison

Reading rank and race in the Constitutional Hill’s Women’s Jail

Waiting for Ramaphosa’s sun to rise

Ramaphosa promises a new dawn but will the arts be thrown a lifeline?

Austerity, enclosure and the bittersweet gains of #FeesMustFall

Escalation, militarism, misinformation and isolation

Cyril Ramaphosa sees his ‘New Dawn’ from the comfort of his motorcade

On the one percent, blood money and pharaohs

Decolonising Economics in South Africa

Understanding the Historical Roots of White Monopoly Capital

Undoing a divisive language policy and practice at the UFS

An opportunity to come together: everyone must be part of the conversation

Morgan Tsvangirai, the most popular Zimbabwean political leader

Opposition leader towered over all politicians in Zimbabwe

Allister Miller and the Times of Swaziland

A colonial paper in the heart of Africa


The Journalist is back and raring to go

The Journalist is back, for the first time in 2020. Our site was hacked and it took extraordinary efforts to recover all our material and get ready to relaunch.

Our former editor Leila Dougan has moved on after ably steering the ship for at least three years. Leonard Gentle, a veteran writer, researcher and activist has taken over the reins.

We have used the past few months to strengthen our capacity and systems and will unveil our exciting plans for the future in the coming weeks. We will once again have a regular monthly cycle of new stories.

The July edition has a great collection of articles, several focusing on the Covid 19 pandemic and its repercussions. Others are on the arts, heritage and books.

The COVID-19 stories deal with the political and economic context in which the pandemic is sweeping through the world. Black and brown people, mainly members of the working class, are disproportionately affected. One writer argues that the current crisis is a temporary one located within the permanent crisis of neo-liberal capitalism.

There are also a number of stories from networks of “unofficial journalists” giving us information outside the mainstream bubble. In the midst of the gloom, a radio station for youth based at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital has won an award for unpacking COVID-19 for young people. A Basotho reclaimer shares the suffering he endures as a member of a wastepicker collective, while South Africans fail to express solidarity and the Lesotho government has abandoned its own citizens. And a regional network, Benchmarks, tells us how it is training community reporters to speak about their experiences of resisting mining in their communities.

And we sadly report the passing of one of South Africa’s most important historians, Ntongela Masilela, who featured South Africa’s rich intellectual tradition on his website, The New African.

In Kau Kauru, which means conversations, a writer presents a fascinating reflection on parts of his roots in the Konkani region of India. Another writer, a resident of Ladysmith in KZN, wonders why the government still uses colonial names, while revealing the passion and talents of many amazing artists in her hometown, which was originally known as Emnambithi.

There is a strong Arts line up on the rebel poet Linton Kwesi Johnson.

We could not bring out this edition without talking about Master KG’s hit song Jerusalema that together with a captivating dance sequence, is taking the world by storm. The 24-year-old from Limpopo is stunned that his song has traversed continents, racking up over 50 million views in the process. And counting!

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