Opinion Archive

Trade Fair: Enough with the complaining

When the question of where arts and culture should be aligned within the ANC’s policies arose at the fateful Polokwane conference that saw Zuma elected party president in 2009, only two voices in support of the arts were to be heard. It was writer and director Sello Maseko and actor Meshak Mavuso, as Youth League

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

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