Opinion Archive

Open Book: the gridlock ghoema

Now there’s talk of a traffic day zero in Cape Town. The day the city becomes completely gridlocked and we end up sleeping in our cars, taxis, and buses. It wouldn’t take much, Cape Town is apparently already the sixth most congested city in the world at peak hours. A rainstorm, a few crashes on

Open Book day 1: Decol debate moves on

The steady progress of the decolonisation movement initiated by #rhodesmustfall and then #feesmustfall was clear at the opening of Open Book yesterday. When decolonisation was discussed at Open Book two years ago, tension crackled across the audience. There was the woke finger click applause when a panelist spoke of the need for Eurocentric structures and

Cape Town Fringe: Get experienced

This is the fourth year of the fringe but this time around it’s a whole new beast. The CBD-centric programme is gone and in its stead shows are spread across a wider range of this city’s still disparite communities. It’s a new experience for the organisors, the National Arts Festival, moving away from the previous

The Fall of the ANC at Open Book: More blood will flow

The intellectual boxing match between Prince Mashele and Charles Nqakula at the Open Book festival’s Fugard Theater main stage yesterday evening provided fascinating insight into the battered politician syndrome. Radio talk show host and author in her own right, Redi was the referee, although she was biased to Prince, her reason not having been bought

Open Book: Imagine a city

Ironically, post-apartheid government policy has reinforced the spatial inequalities in our cities that apartheid shed so much blood to create. This is despite the “massive redistributive investment” to alleviate poverty since 1994, says Prof Edgar Pieterse, who is the director for the African Centre for Cities, a UCT-based research and teaching programme which has an