“How the Guptas Became the Shadow State” – by An Ordinary...

Daniel Sutherland - who describes himself as a Cape Town-based amateur writer who likes to fight for the truth, as well as being a...

Not Enough Evidence to Back Claim that Humans Originated in Europe

Africa is not the cradle of humankind: that’s the claim by a group of scientists who’ve just published what they describe as evidence of...
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Helen Zille Responds to Sheila Madikane’s Open Letter about Sea Point

Dear Ms Madikane, Thank you for putting your story in writing to me, through an open letter published in GroundUp. We have indeed met and spoken...
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An Open Letter to Premier Helen Zille

It's domestic workers’ struggle for housing, not a hidden agenda, that is behind the campaign for Tafelberg... Dear Premier Zille My name is Sheila Madikane. I...

White Monopoly Capital: Good Politics, Bad Sociology, Worse Economics

Many would like to consign the polarising debate about “white monopoly capitalism” (WMC) in South Africa to the margins. They argue that its proponents...

A Foreigner in South Africa: “What Have We Done?”

I had a great life in Canada. I was comfortable. My career was on the right path. We were close to family and friends....

As South Africa’s ANC Implodes, Thabo Mbeki Tries to Rewrite His...

As South Africa’s political climate goes from fractious to feverish, with protests mounting against the embattled president, Jacob Zuma, a former national leader and...

Cees Bruggemans: The Zuma Effect Runs Deep

From early April I understand short-term commercial bank deposits to have shot up, indicative of a pullback by average SA businesses in their economic...

6 Things White South Africans Need to Know

We can’t go on but we must go on... writes CHRIS WALDBURGER. A lot of white people are angry in South Africa. They are angry...

More Than An Oppressor’s Language: Reclaiming the Hidden History of Afrikaans

The language of Afrikaans remains a contested issue in South Africa. The controversy over the medium of instruction at traditionally Afrikaans universities such as...

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