The Nix: Prescient of Portland

What’s going on in Portland USA today, and elsewhere in the ‘States – the teargas, pepper spray, rubber bullets shot at protesters by armed men in riot gear – is … Read More

Madness: Society’s unacknowledged undercurrent

While waiting for my car’s tyres to be changed and wheels balanced in Maitland recently, I was approached politely by a young man who wanted to ask something of me. … Read More

Seen Pha Kwa J.B!: Chapter and verse

J.Bobs sticks his hand in and pulls the whole thing inside out. ‘I’m sublime on them limits, on them limits I’m sublime’. Or something like that. ‘Can’t you sing along … Read More

Poems in Times of Distress: Eastern Cape township blues

By Lindani Donyeli It was while a schoolboy in KwaNobuhle on the edge of Uitenhage that Ayanda Billie discovered writing as a means to express himself, and has recorded the … Read More

Once Upon a Circus: It’s a kind of magic

Laura du Toit Once Upon A Circus begins as all fairy tales do; once upon a time, a young man named Trompie snuck into the Zip Zap tent. We are … Read More

vNAF: No kitch’n to bitch in, Zoom-Zoom

Who even remembers Netflix, Showmax, Apple TV? Whatever. Geezuz! What a ride. And we don’t even have to drive home. Normally we’d be hitting the highways back to our cities … Read More

Vintage Mazwai Magic

Few singer songwriters can claim the space that Thandiswa Mazwai commands in our national consciousness. She is a keeper of a sacred flame whose fires connect her to both the … Read More

Garry’s Retreat: Truth! What truth?

By Jessica Feldtman What appears to be a reflective, melodramatic drama about the angst of childhood accidents and tragedies, Garry’s Retreat turns out to resemble something out of a Stephen … Read More

Two churches and a cricket field

‘Welcome to Frontier Country’ says a sign on the side of the road as you navigate the potholed route to Makhanda. ‘Frontier Country’, like the formerly-named Grahamstown and its colossal … Read More

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