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It Gets Better campaign hopes to bring positive message to Cape Town’s gay youth

Andrew Barry, Steyn du Toit Opinion 2011-11-29

It Gets Better is an internet-based project in response to the suicides of teenagers who were bullied because they were gay or because their peers suspected that they were gay. Its goal is to prevent suicide among LGBT youth by having gay adults convey the ...

Victims and victors: winners and losers in a post-apartheid arts dispensation

Mike van Graan Academic research 2011-11-29

Is Limpopo sucking the hind teat of arts funding in South Africa today? According to the NAC’s 2010 annual report, out of a total of 615 funded applications, Limpopo had only 33. Or maybe it was Mpumalanga with 16 projects. Or the Northern Cape, with ...

Stolen rivers

Phillippa Yaa De Villiers 2011-11-24  We Africans came to Berlin to sing
and recite poetry. We had an agenda:

Book snaps for Christmas Shopping

Janet van Eeden 2011-11-24 A pile of books landed on my desk recently which would fall into the category of good reads and great Christmas presents. I’ve done a quick snapshot of each one to whet your appetite for the Christmas shopping season.

Resident Alien told you so

Janet van Eeden 2011-11-24

Legal opinion relating to the passing of the protection of state information bill

Melanie Schoeman 2011-11-23 This new controversial law has been proposed in order to protect the state against "espionage" and guard "national interests", but among other things it will have the effect of being able to gag the media.

Passing on the Torch

Christina Engela Opinion 2011-11-23

It is very close to the end of another year, and the time has come again for me to reflect on the past, to take stock ...

Frankie Murrey on the new library at Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School

Frankie Murrey, Bibi Slippers 2011-11-23 Hi Frankie. I want to start by congratulating you, both on the success of the Open Book Festival and on the great work you are doing at Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School (MGMH). How did Open Book's involvement at MGMH come about?

Nothing but David Kramer, an interview

David Kramer, Naomi Meyer 2011-11-23 The name David Kramer is as well-known as Sunlight liquid – people use this name all the time. But do we really know this man behind the familiar bike and the red shoes? The book David Kramer: A Biography has just been launched in Cape Town.

The Exploding Trousers – Part IV

Richard Jurgens 2011-11-23 Preparations for shooting the climactic scene of the film had been continuing since dawn. The set had been built in the barn of an abandoned farmhouse not far, Hilton guessed, from the majestic ruins of Great Zimbabwe. A small town of trailers and

Priti Devi, Vice-President of the Creative World, talks to Naomi Meyer about the Freedom to Create Festival

Priti Devi, Naomi Meyer 2011-11-22 The Freedom to Create came to Cape Town this year, celebrating all the world’s freedom to be creative.

Mr Gay South Africa finalist reaches out to people living with HIV

Academic research 2011-11-21 Mr. Gay South Africa finalist Charlie Jacobs has chosen OUT, the Pretoria-based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) health and well-being NGO, as the charity he'll be supporting during the competition. The thirty-year-old Jacobs, a sales and event decor executive and post-graduate social psychology student from Randburg, says that he selected OUT because the organisation's […]

Lessons in love

Christina Engela Opinion 2011-11-17

I love you ... The words are cheap and easily said these days, aren't they? I love you ... They can buy you happiness, trust, romance, company, wealth – anything your heart desires – if you use them well. Depending on your skill, and the extent of your ...

The other Booker Prize: Sonderlinge verhale vanuit die rand van ons gesigsveld

Chris van der Merwe 2011-11-16 Azila Reisenberger het in ’n Hebreeuse huisgesin in Israel grootgeword, as jong vrou die wêreld deurreis, en haar later saam met haar Duitse man in Kaapstad gevestig. So pas het van hierdie merkwaardige vrou ’n tipe “vermomde outobiografie” verskyn met ...

The Exploding Trousers – Part III

Richard Jurgens 2011-11-16 The picture was blurred at first, but gained in clarity as his eyes gradually adjusted to the dim light. It was a black-and-white line drawing, or an etching perhaps, in the style of illustrations in Victorian adventure stories.

The Exploding Trousers – Part II

Richard Jurgens 2011-11-16 “Dude,” said a voice that seemed to be coming through a plastic megaphone, “dude, wake up!’ Hilton Ellis opened an eye, and was rewarded with a sideways-on view of the gopher, Rory, of course: standing over his bed.

Light and After: From the mind of a sensitive poet

2011-11-15 Kobus Moolman’s Light and After is his fifth collection of poetry. Lyrically evocative and engaging, this collection reintroduces readers familiar with Moolman’s poetry to his confident lines, unique images, memorable language and impressive narrative ...

Book extract: Bad Sex (1)

Leon de Kock 2011-11-15 I approach the door of Anna Brink’s rooms in Observatory, Johannesburg, in which her clean-cut therapy chamber is located. I’ve been here before, on a couple of occasions when life – relationships and marriage – got too hot to handle. She knows me well. In fact, she’s like an old friend. I know that, once Anna opens the door, we will go immediately left, into her refuge for the talking wounded.