Tag: Issue 94

Adekeye Adebajo unpacks the complexity of Thabo Mbeki and the ANC

Former President’s political fortunes may be revived sooner rather than later

There has been a plethora of publications on Thabo Mbeki. Many are either rabidly anti-Mbeki or unashamedly pro and so there are only a few balanced accounts of democratic South Africa’s second president. In 2016 a biography by Adekeye Adebajo was released, titled A Jacana Pocket Biography: Thabo Mbeki. It describes the leader as a “complex figure, full of contradictions and paradoxes”.

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Papers with a colonial subjectivity

The case of the Alice Times

The Alice Times and other small publications of its ilk were a collective of small publications in the Cape Colony carrying out a colonial mission hidden in social content only meant for its white readers.Alice Times is one of a collective of small, localized publications that were all situated in the Cape Colony of the time whose content appeared to be sunshine reporting only concentrating on social issues such as obituaries, funeral services and marriage announcements…

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Hugh Masekela: the horn player with a shrewd ear for the music of today, not yesterday

“For me songs come like a tidal wave”

When trumpeter, flugelhorn-player, singer, composer and activist Hugh Ramapolo Masekela cancelled his appearance at the recent Johannesburg Joy of Jazz Festival and his remaining October shows, taking time out to deal with serious health issues, fans were forced to return to his recorded opus for reminders of his unique work. Listening through that half-century of disks, the nature and scope of the trumpeter’s achievement becomes clear.

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Why the media is a key dimension of global inequality

Corporate logics are colonising media and digital platforms.

Every day, much of humanity now holds in its hands the means to connect and be connected across the world: to family, entertainment and the broadcasts of corporations, states and, increasingly, terrorist organisations such as Islamic State. This connected world has major implications for social progress and global justice, but so too do the media and information infrastructures on which that world depends.

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