When Was Gambling Legalised in South Africa?

In 2019, gambling revenue in South Africa reached a staggering R30 billion. That was up from R26.3 billion just three years earlier, suggesting that gambling of all kinds is not only alive and well in the country – it’s also … Read the rest

Soweto — the true story of 16 June 1976

June 16, 1976 was a normal working day. It was cold and cloudless sunny winter weather. At the time I was working as a social-worker supervisor for the West Rand Development Council in Soweto and my office was in Diepkloof, … Read the rest

What Kabuga’s arrest means for international criminal justice — and Rwanda

Kerstin Carlson, University of Southern Denmark

Félicen Kabuga, the Hutu financier of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, has been captured after 26 years in hiding. More than 800,000 Rwandans, primarily Tutsis, were slaughtered by their countrymen in 100 days of … Read the rest

A ‘graffiti’ wall reveals women’s stories from the Anglo-Boer War

Tim Forssman, University of Pretoria

About 80km east of Pretoria in South Africa, near the town of Bronkhorstspruit, there’s a rocky outcrop in a secluded ravine in the countryside. There’s nothing remarkable about this outcrop – which has, over … Read the rest

Cuban human rights not so ‘sexy’, Marita van der Vyfer

South African author Marita van der Vyfer has stated in an interview that “Cuba is the only place on earth where communism is still colourful and sexy”. However, according to Human Rights Watch, Cuba is still behaving very much like … Read the rest

Littering in South Africa is the expression of wider selfish – and costly — culture

Roger Southall, University of the Witwatersrand

It is common when municipal workers go on strike in South Africa to resort to upturning garbage cans and strewing litter around city centres. Their message is clear: we may be at the … Read the rest

Except for Afrikaners, South Africans prefer their children to be taught in English

Steven Gordon, Human Sciences Research Council and Jaqueline Harvey, Human Sciences Research Council

English is only one of 11 official languages spoken in South Africa. It’s currently the preferred language of education and is used in many of … Read the rest

Here’s how tech giants profit from invading our privacy, and how we can start taking it back

Katharine Kemp, UNSW

Australia’s consumer watchdog has recommended major changes to our consumer protection and privacy laws. If these reforms are adopted, consumers will have much more say about how we deal with Google, Facebook, and other businesses.

The … Read the rest

Archive documents reveal the US and UK’s role in getting the ANC into power

Sue Onslow, School of Advanced Study and Martin Plaut, School of Advanced Study

It is a quarter of a century since the end of apartheid in South Africa. But it’s easy to forget how complex, difficult and violent … Read the rest

Bitcoin Smashes the legendary $ 15 000 mark. Now what?

Bitcoin has smashed the legendary $ 15 000 mark just after noon (SAST) today, the 7th of December. With every YouTube video and website advertising a wide variety of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency-related services, the average, normal individual is left … Read the rest

Hiroshima: Killing on an industrial scale

It has been 70 years since the United States became the only nation in history that deployed two nuclear weapons against civilian populations.

On August 6, 1945, a B-29 known as the Enola Gay took off from Tinian island, north … Read the rest

Fewer blacks move back to New Orleans after Katrina devastation

A decade after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans seems to have found its rhythm again: the French Quarter is choked with tourists, construction cranes tower over the skyline, and hipsters bike to cafes in gentrifying neighbourhoods.

But recovery has been uneven … Read the rest