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Lost & Found

In Lost and Found, Nitegeka offers tactile and conjectural works of ambiguous material and weight that articulate narratives of displacement, in particular his own experiences and those of refugees and asylum seekers in central Africa.

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Ub’Dope eSibikwa

In its 33rd year of developing world-class creatives, the multi-disciplinary arts and culture service provider, Sibikwa Art Centre has forged a unique partnership with Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year, Jefferson Bobs Tshabalala of Ub’Dope Shishini. Dubbed Ub’Dope eSibikwa, this partnership is for a season of dynamic performances and workshops from 01 February until 31 March 2021.

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A Storm In A Nkandla Teacup?

South African liberal democrats, social democrats and so-called progressive democrats - including those who project themselves as champions of Economic Freedom and Radical Economic Transformation and quote Marx, Lenin, Fanon and Sankara for political currency - blindly extol the virtues of a constitutionalism.

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Civilised Blacks Struggling for the Oppressors Tools. The Land is Ours REVIEW

Set in the early twentieth century, The Land Is Ours: Black Lawyers and the Birth of Constitutionalism in South Africa examines what role the first black lawyers in South Africa played in liberating the oppressed natives under the colonial era in South Africa. Being a part of a niche of black intellectuals at the time, they had to represent their clients with a most zealous defence against an unjust system with unjust laws. It both celebrates the achievements of the lawyers (Henry Sylvester Williams, Alfred Mangena, Richard Msimang, Pixley ka Isaka Seme, George Dick Montsioa, Ngcubu Poswayo) as well as acts as a history book of the different transitions and wars the South Africa as we know it went through to get to this point.

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On Anti-Blackness & Readiness to Heal

The township as a site of violence is characteristic of a concentration camp, where one’s choice of living or dying is determined externally. Indeed, in South Africa, the township is an expression of social death and a symbol of conquest. Underdevelopment, lack of infrastructure, violent crimes, lack of proper education and healthcare institutions, lack of electricity and water supply, make life in the township almost impossible.

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The AfCFTA is a new Scramble for Africa

The AfCFTA is creating a market of 1,2 billion people and a GDP of USD 2,5 trillion across 55 African Union member states. It is the world’s biggest free trade area and is destined to allow for free movement of goods, people and services across borders. The focus appears to be on consumption and production.

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Museveni’s Rigging & Legging: A Dance That Needs to Leave the Stage

The corrosive mentality of African leaders who think they are the only ones who can lead a nation is insidious. Over 80% of a country's population having lived shorter than the years a president has served in office is detrimental for democracy. While president Yoweri Museveni is celebrating his 7th term in office, the youth of Uganda are questioning whether their votes really count.

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