LETTERS TO THE PRESIDENT

Jacob Thank you for the recent state visit. Joburg’s changed quite a bit since I was last there. (I was expecting to get hijacked, lol!) Sorry not to get to Nkandla and meet your people. But, please can you speak to your king? He’s causing chaos for my people on...

Thoughtleader: Juju does Guy Fawkes?

Behold, the end of the world is nigh. The barbarians have breached the gates. Savages are redrawing maps without the superpowers. Journalists’ heads are rolling – and not only at Independent Newspapers. Jihadists now speak with English accents. The...

Arts Pages | Film Reviews – Boyhood

This deeply moving coming-of-age film explores the life of an ordinary boy transformed by the world around him. Linklater uses the same actors over 12 years, allowing us to see the protagonist, Mason, literally grow up in front of our eyes. The character progression...

Ebola kills – Underdevelopment and poverty kill more

Sensational reporting on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is spreading fear and stereotypes about the so-called “dark continent”. The disease has killed over 1,500 people in West Africa this year. With decent health care facilities, access to clean water...