The South African construction industry is ahead of its time

All around the world the construction industry is dominated by males. Everywhere except… South Africa? Although this may seem strange, the numbers don’t lie, and they indicate that 48% of the companies, in this field, are owned by women in … Read the rest

The crucial business advice that you should take from South Africa’s surging industries

Africa boasts some of the fastest-growing national economies in the world, with South Africa having already established itself as the second-largest economy on the continent – just behind Nigeria and its population that’s four-times the size of ZA. Businesses are … Read the rest

How art helped construct Afrikaner nationalism in apartheid South Africa

Brenda Schmahmann, University of Johannesburg; Federico Freschi, University of Otago, and Lize van Robbroeck, Stellenbosch University

In this revised extract from the introduction to Troubling Images: Visual Culture and the Politics of Afrikaner Nationalism, Read the rest

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

Sex in history, by Gordan Rattray Taylor

Gordan Rattray Taylor

SEX IN HISTORY

First published in 1954
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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