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South Africa Ranks Highest in Gold Medals amongst African Nations at Commonwealth Games.*

It’s day 6 of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and South Africa have fast edged their way to fourth position on the medals table with a total of 24 medals - 9 gold, 7 silver and 8 bronze.

Two of those gold medals were won by swimmer Chad le Clos who finished first place in both the 200m and 100m Men’s Butterfly races, setting two Commonwealth records in each. Clos has a total of five Glasgow Commonwealth medals: a silver for the Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay, and a bronze for the Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay and Men’s 50m Butterfly.

Fellow swimmer Cameron van der Burgh managed to win the Men’s 50m Breastroke winning gold and setting a new Commonwealth record in that race. Der Burgh won silver in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke behind Englishman Adam Peaty.

After beating New Zealand in the finals, the South African Rugby Sevens team won gold over the weekend making history as the first team ever to beat the Kiwis since the sport was introduced at the Commonwealth Games.

South Africa’s first gold medal was won in the Lawn Bowls after their mixed team beat the host nation 14-10 in the finals.

More Lawn Bowls victory came in the form of Prince Neluonde, Petrus Breitenbach, and Bobby Donnelly winning the Men’s Triples Gold Medal Match.

Paralympic sprinter Fanie van der Merwe won gold in the Men’s 100m T37 Final, and wrapping South Africa’s gold medalists (so far) is Zack Piontek who took home the judo Men’s -90kg Final first place title.

*South Africa has the most number of athletes of any African country.

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Any person who makes everyone happy is not real, and the Mandela that does so is not the real Mandela but the one the world has constructed, removing the parts of the man some people did not like.

Many use this Mandela to project themselves as real defenders of his legacy while not living according to his values and disregarding what he stood for.

Like hypocrites in religion, they only extract what makes them happy from Mandela and disregard the rest.

It is an image of a very liberal Nelson Mandela who expected South Africa to be perfect within a very short space of time.

It’s an image of a man who is a messiah, who delivered freedom and democracy to South Africa single handedly.

This cropped out image of Mandela from the real one is ingrained in the minds of those who resist transformation and economic freedom of black people Mandela fought for.

These anti-transformation, anti-justice and very ignorant people use this image to protect what they have.

They easily tell people to “get over apartheid” which Mandela spent his life fighting against.

Extract from South African student activist and writer 's piece “There is a Mandela we should all reject and hate”.

Any op-ed piece about Nelson Mandela that doesn’t take on the usual peace-loving, always smiling, ‘Rainbow Nation’ messiah format will undoubtedly be met with great criticism and anger from those who were sold and bought into this image of the late anti-apartheid leader and human rights activist (seriously, just read the comments under the article).

But the fact of the matter remains that Mandela did not become a pivotal anti-apartheid figure by establishing himself as everyone’s favourite docile father-figure. From with his early days as a lawyer and later with the African National Congress (ANC), Mandela was a radical who was deemed a terrorist by the West and co-founded the armed wing of the ANC, Umkhonto we Sizwe (Zulu for ‘spear of the nation/people’). During and after his time spent incarcerated on Robben Island, Mandela made many statements that would not sit well with many who in turn seem to calculatedly omit when reflecting on the importance of Madiba’s legacy.

This is not to say that we cannot or should not refer to Mandela’s social and political views and policies when analyzing the current state of the ANC. It’s clear that in many ways, the current ruling party has failed to deliver on promises made as far back s the 1990s. The danger lies when people use Mandela’s words against each other, for their own gain, or as a means of erasure. Citing the term ‘rainbow nation’ as a case for why affirmative action is irrelevant (because apartheid is over and we’re all equal now) is not only ignorant but spits in the face of justice and true reform.

Too often, leaders not from the West are often cast in one-dimensional roles that make them out to either be heroes or villains with no in-betweens when we know that history and politics are always exceptionally complex.

As Hasane so aptly puts it, there’s a difference between ‘getting over apartheid’, and forgiving as a necessary part of the healing process but in no way forgetting the atrocities and injustices of the past. We’d also do well to remember that Mandela was no saint, nor was he perfect in any way. There is no single Mandela story.

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Israeli Ambassador to South Africa Must Leave, says ANCYL.

Following the recent deadly attacks on Gaza by Israeli forces, the ANCYL arm in the Western Cape sent out a notice on Saturday to Israel’s ambassador to South Africa saying that Arthur Lenk should “pack his bags and prepare for travel to avoid unnecessary trauma,” in the words of provincial convenor Muhammad Khalid Saye.

This warning was made in support of the ANC’s parliamentary caucus statement that South Africa’s ambassador to Israel, Sisa Ngombane, be recalled, and that Lenk be removed from the country with immediate effect.

South Africa and ANC have a long history of showing solidarity with Palestine and is one of the countries that participates in the annual Israeli Apartheid Week which seeks to create awareness, educate and foster discussion surrounding the conflict in this part of the Middle East.

On Friday, which was International Mandela Day, South Africans marched to the Israeli Trade Offices in Johannesburg in solidarity with Palestine and to protest Israel’s actions in Gaza.

Capetonians held their own pro-Palestine march on Wednesday, organised by the Muslim Judicial Council, who handed over a memorandum to Siphosezwe Masango, chairperson of Parliament’s international relations portfolio committee.

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Some deep and soulful melodic house music from South African singer ANDYBOI.

ANDYBOI is signed to Soul Candi, the same record label that boasts the likes of Mi Casa, Euphonik, Crazy White Boy, Lulo Cafe and Qness.

His debut album Trail Evolution is out now in stores and on iTunes.

Steve Hofmeyr Stirs Trouble with Singing of Old South African Anthem.

Steve Hofmeyr and fellow Afrikaans performer Elzabe Zietsman show two very different sides of the South African Afrikaans community.

Performing at the Innibos music festival over the weekend, Hofmeyr opted not to sing South Africa’s inclusive new national anthem Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, which combines Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho, Afrikaans and English, and instead began singing Die Stem - South Africa’s national anthem for most of apartheid. Although South Africa’s new anthem incorporates a portion of the lyrics from Die Stem, this clearly was not enough for Hofmeyer and a large portion of the audience. Playing to a crowd of around 45, 000, most of them white and Afrikaans speaking, the popular and controversial singer was apparently joined by many in the crowd who began singing along with him, as can be seen in this video.

As with many other national symbols of apartheid, from flags to currency art, the post-apartheid years have seen the country officially doing away with these relics of the past in exchange for features that are more representative of South Africa as a rainbow nation. In fact, singing Die Stem has become somewhat of a social taboo and is more associated with Afrikaaner right wingers.

Hofmeyer’s antics, however, did not go without backlash within the Afrikaans community itself. Fellow Afrikaans artist Elzabe Zietsman lashed out at the Hofmeyer and those who sang along with him saying:

“I declare that I was not one of the ‘duisende dose’ (thousands of a**holes) that sang Die Stem along with Steve Hofmeyr. I am a South African with Afrikaans as my first language. Just that. I don’t want to debate this … I love South Africa passionately, and I love Afrikaans passionately, but Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika is my national anthem – in Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho, Afrikaans and English. Just that.”

Whilst her comment did receive a number of likes and shares, the overwhelming majority of the reactions and comments thrown her way were abusive and hateful. Zietsman posted one of the comments on Tuesday that she received from one Johan van Rooyen, under the description “this one wins first prize”, that said:

“Jeez, you k***** maid wh***, you sing sh**. I think you should sing Kill the Boer with Malema or Zuma in their sh** language. Maybe they will rape you and give you lekker Aids, because that’s what you want.

You call me an a**hole. Well, at least I am a white ***hole person and not a black k***** animal baboon that you like. Siss! I hope you die soon because you are an oxygen thief, you awful maid wh***. Hahahaha! F*** you.”

Hofmeyer also joined in the social media bullying saying, ”Thanks Elzabe, at least we know how YOU feel. Congratulations. How is it that everyone should feel like you and pass your democratic test?”

A staunch pro-Afrikaaner, Hofmeyer is also known for his use of the word ‘kaffir’ in a song, as a response to Malema’s ‘Shoot the Boer’ chants, and being a supporter of the “Expedition for Afrikaner Self-determination” - Onafhanklike Afrikaner Selfbeskikkingsekspedisie, or (OASE) in Afrikaans. OASE is an advocacy group for Afrikaner self-determination.


From September 26th-28th, Africa’s Biggest Music Festival is going to take place in the town of Cullinan 30 km east of Pretoria in Gauteng Province.

For three days, some of the continent’s biggest acts will be joined by a range of international stars for a multi-stage musical extravaganza during South Africa’s Heritage Day long wekeend - the first of its kind in Africa.

TribeOne: Dinokeng’ is a three-day music festival that will boast an electrifying mix of music genres across three main stages, with over 80 artists performing live on the ‘Thunder Valley’ and ‘Diamond Fields’ stages and more than 80 DJ’s playing live sets in the multiple ‘Dance Village’ domes.

Tickets are currently on sale and you have several ways to pay, depending on your ticket type and the time of purchase.

See the full line-up here.

(that logo though…)

Ahead of the release of his Future Sound of Mzansi documentary, Spoek Mathambo (spoekmathambo) has released a music mix that’s a nearly 45-minute ode to the Kwazulu Natal (one of South Africa’s nine provinces) dominating style called Qgom - a form of South African house music.

I See A Different You - The Journey.

Watch as the three young creatives behind the “I See A Different You” brand and movement discuss their upbringing, how they engage with South African youth, what inspires them and why they do what they do.

The iconic images that came to define the Soweto Uprising of June 16th, 1976.

This series of images depict scenes of a tragic moment that has come to symbolize this day in South African history.

As planned on June 16th, 1976, students from schools around Soweto began to gather and protest against a policy by the South African government that, through a system they called ‘Bantu Education’, that forced black students from the 7th grade onwards to be taught lessons in Afrikaans. Not only was this policy impractical as many students had little to no knowledge in Afrikaans which made learning subjects in high school difficult, Afrikaans was a language that symbolized oppression and the racist authority of the apartheid government.

Armed mostly with their new found confidence and attitudes of defiance cultivated by the Black Consciousness rhetoric sweeping the country, the students had planned that these protests would be a peaceful demonstration. The mass rally had been planned in secret by the Students formed an Action Committee (later known as the Soweto Students’ Representative Council) on June 13th, 1976, with student Teboho “Tsietsi” Mashinini as the main leader of the protests.

On the day, between 10, 000 - 50, 000 students began to make their way, as planned, to the Orlando Stadium in Soweto. Many of the participants were only notified of the rally on the day of the event. According to his sister, Antoinette Sithole, 13-year-old Hector Pieterson found himself there more out of curiosity out of anything else. Unfortunately, it was at this time that things began to take a violent turn. Police, who were heavily armed, began releasing their dogs on the crowds. But the crowd was large and many protestors overpowered the animals. After this, the police began to shoot into the crowd of unarmed students. One of the first causalities recorded on that day was the young Hector Pieterson.  

More and more victims were killed on that day, and one such individual was Dr. Melville Edelstein, a white social worker in Soweto who had devoted his life to providing healthcare to many in the area. Unfortunately, Dr. Edelstein was the “victim of the consequences of the apartheid system – a racist system which socialized South Africans to impulsively judge and respond to one another not as individuals with individual qualities, but according to a stereotypical image based solely on skin colour.”

Taken by South African photographer Sam Nzima, the first image was published in newspapers around the world the following day and has become one of the most iconic images of South African history.

Portraits captured on the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa, by Kenyan-born photographer Cedric Nzaka of “Everyday People Stories.

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All Africa, All the time.

NEW MUSIC: Riky Rick - “AMANTOMBAZANE REMIX” feat. DJ Dimplez, Kid X, Kwesta, Maggz, Ginger Breadman, Nadia Nakai and Okmalumkoolkat.

South African hip hop at its finest.

(also, is it me or is DJ Dimplez cutting himself out to be our version of DJ Khaled?)

Five Recommendations for First Thursdays Cape Town - June Edition.

This month’s edition of Cape Town’s First Thursdays series takes place tomorrow. Traverse through the city’s central district to see the best in local art, food, fashion and design.

Mohau Modisakeng - “Ditaola” at Brundyn+:

Ditaola is South African visual artist Mohau Modisakeng’s debut solo exhibition at the gallery. His current body of work engages several discourses related to the political economy of the racial segregation, institutionalised/systemic racism, militarisation, and civil unrest of apartheid South Africa and the African continent at large. The work engages both individual and collective narratives informed by the realities of living in South Africa. The constructed narratives engage the black body as a site of fragmentation, distortion, and degradation.

Sydelle Willow Smith - “Soft Walls” at AVA Gallery:

Hosted at Cape Town’s Ava Gallery,Smith’s Soft Walls figuratively investigates the subtle ways in which African nationals and South Africans, in relationships, make sense of their space, experiences and complexities.

Stable at 65 Loop Street:

Stable brings together the best of South African design, curated by Aidan Bennetts the range consists of tables, lighting, seating, home-ware, art and accessories. New designers are added on a weekly basis. Their June exhibit is titled, “This is Africa” (T.I.A.) and looks at design in the diaspora.

SAM (South African Market) at 107 Bree Street:

Support South African designers by visiting this one-stop-shop full of clothing, jewelry, accessories, stationery and furniture - all by local designers.

Walking tour at Church Square:

Meet at Church Square at 6pm, outside the Slave Lodge museum on the corner of Bureau and Adderley Streets, for a free guided hour long historic walking tour of the area.

Seven Amazing Photographs That Show Urban Johannesburg Then and Now.

It’s been 20 years since South Africa transitioned from a segregated apartheid state to a democratic nation. Depending on who you ask, much has changed, but much more has stayed the same. However, what you cannot dispute is the physical change that has occurred in the make up of some of the country’s larger cities like Johannesburg, the economic capital.

Here are seven amazing photographs of the Jozi Central Business District (CBD) that show Johannesburg then and now.

Photography by: Roxanne Henderson and Pericles Anetos.


Charlize Theron compares pervasive media attention to being ‘raped’.

I’m really not sure what’s going on with Charlize Theron this year, then again, I don’t think I’ve ever really paid much attention to her before. Earlier this year, Theron and her current partner Sean Penn (both white saviours in their own right) decided to show the seriousness of their dedication being heroes in narratives about saving conflict-ridden nations by producing a film that would star Theron in the role of an aid worker, in some random war-torn African country, and her romance with a fellow aid worker. Because who doesn’t love a good dose of romanticized poverty porn? After all, there’s nothing quite like two white people falling in love amidst deprived black faces to make you believe in the power of the human spirit.

And now, in another move that makes me side-eye Theron even more, during a promotional interview for her new film A Million Ways to Die in the West, the South African-born actress compared the pervasive media attention in her life by paparazzi and other such intrusive facets of celebrity culture to rape. When asked whether she googled herself, the Oscar winner said, “I don’t do that, so that’s my saving grace. When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start, I guess, feeling raped.”

No, Theron, just no.

See, here’s the thing: if you’re not talking about rape, don’t use the word as a descriptor for anything that isn’t rape. It’s really as simple as that. Don’t trivialize rape or use it as shock factor. We live in a world where rape is real, as is rape culture. Have a little more sensitivity, Theron, because this is something that no apology or PR professional can make disappear without blemishing your image in the eyes of concerned members of the public.