At a time when thousands are crossing the sea and many are losing their lives in a desperate attempt to leave Africa, documentary Shashamane tells the little-known story of the struggle by a part of the diaspora to return to the continent.
Since the advent of democracy in South Africa, nothing has tested the country’s institutions as the rise of Jacob Zuma and his subsequent seemingly interminable term as president. Even in mature democracies, institutions can be savaged by a concerted assault by a head of state. The Bush White House was a good example. Given the national context, we should take heart at how many of South Africa’s institutions have shown courage and resilience, and how they are beginning to rebound.
A community of hundreds of young Tanzanian stowaways have been living for nearly two decades now, almost unnoticed, under the freeways where the city of Cape Town and its harbour meet. Yet their way of life, may well be coming to an end.
Given the reality of crime in South Africa, anything that could be described as a crime wave would be something of a relief. Waves crash and pass. But South Africa is a sea of crime. It permeates every aspect of life. The latest crime statistics for 2015/16, released this month, confirm that the country is drowning in its affliction.
The results of a new study, A Survey of South African Attitudes to Homosexuality and Gender Non-Conformity, have just been released. Conducted by The Other Foundation and the Human Sciences Research Council the survey provides for the first time “statistically sound, nationally representative data” on the attitudes of South Africans to sexual orientation.
Pablo Pinedo Bóveda’s artistically brave and daring documentary captures the birth of an informal settlement in Cape Town and immerses the viewer in the struggle a shack dweller faces as she resists the full might of the state, precariously clinging to the home she has erected on vacant but privately owned land.