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Service Delivery Protests in Johannesburg

This week, the biggest story out of Johannesburg, South Africa has been the spate of violent service delivery protests from townships just south of...
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A Second Look at Hillbrow

Let’s take a second look at the Johannesburg neighborhood of Hillbrow, its rise, its decline, and its current rejuvenation! Al Jazeera English produced a...
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Justin Bieber on Tour!

Justin Bieber will be performing in Johannesburg this weekend at FNB Stadium as part of his Purpose World Tour. FNB Stadium holds over 94,000...
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What’s in a Name?

One interpretation of Mpe’s meticulous description of Hillbrow as a neighborhood, its boundaries and street names is that he not only wanted to paint...
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The White Neighborhoods of Johannesburg

In the novel, Mpe makes reference to the white northern suburbs/neighborhoods of Johannesburg. He uses the term “The Kitchens” as a euphemism for the...
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The N-word and the K-word Use in Popular Culture

Last week we had three very engaging video chat sessions! One question of interest was the use and/or prevalence of the N-word or the...
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Chuck Taylor All Star and Youth Fashion

A fashion must-have for many young South Africans is a pair of Chuck Taylor All Star. The style of sneakers or takkies, as they...
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Headline from the Sunday Times, Business Times Section

This week South Africa hosted the World Economic Forum on Africa. Read more about the conference and other top news happening in the country...
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A Look into Alexandria’s Informal Dwellings

In the novel, Mpe also mentions the township of Alexandria. The character Lerato originated from the township. Alexandria township is considered one of the...
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