South Africa

Seven boys in a row, draped in red and white blankets, their faces smeared with white clay and leaning on walking sticks.

Ubuntu offers lessons in how to treat people with disabilities – a study of Bomvana rituals

Lifestyle & Belief

The philosophy of ubuntu means that good health is for everybody and disability is not regarded as a difference.

Pilani Bubu found her music community after she moved from South Africa to New Orleans. She understood that the people she met wanted to learn more about her culture back home. That’s when she started to incorporate South African music into her repertoire

South Africa’s Pilani Bubu has ‘jumped off the shoulder of giants’ to create music filled with tradition


BLK JKS: Too Good For Vowels

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Zwelethu Mthethwa

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Arts, Culture & Media

The author tells Kurt why South Africa hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup is a scandal.

The World

World Cup Worries

Arts, Culture & Media

(Photo by Flickr user Axel Bhrmann) The 2010 World Cup is in full swing. And while the eyes of the world are trained on South Africa, not everyone in the host nation is sold on the event. On this week’s show, South African novelist Marlene van Niekerk was in to discuss her newnovel Agaat. But […]

Yewande Omotoso’s “The Woman Next Door”

Arts, Culture & Media

Yewande Omotoso on apartheid, architecture, and her novel “The Woman Next Door”

Yewande Omotoso

Yewande Omotoso’s ‘The Woman Next Door’


Yewande Omotoso on apartheid, architecture and her novel, “The Woman Next Door.”

ANC members celebrate after Cyril Ramaphosa was elected president of the ANC in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Young South Africans once worshipped the ANC. Now ‘the party of Mandela’ is tarnished.

Global Politics

This week Cyril Ramaphosa was elected the new president of South Africa’s African National Congress. It was seen as a modest victory for reformers. But will it be enough to restore young South Africans’ faith in the party and country?