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Theater Review (NYC): ‘A Human Being Died That Night’ by Nicholas Wright Explores Apartheid’s Psychology and Legacy

Noma Dumezweni and Matthew Marsh in 'A Human Being Died That Night.' Photo by Jesse Kramer

There are no simple answers, and perhaps the worst part of the whole long episode is that, as de Kock tells Pumla at the end, "We killed a lot of people, they killed some of ours, and we fought for nothing…We fought each other basically, eventually, for nothing at all." Read More »

Book Review: ‘Good Morning, Mr. Mandela’ by Zelda la Grange

good morning mr mandela

A heartfelt memoir written by the late Nelson Mandela's personal secretary. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Fanie Fourie’s Lobola’

Fanie Fourie’s Lobola

When two people from completely different cultures fall in love, you can expect misunderstandings and culture clashes, but when those people come from South Africa, one of the most divided and diverse countries on the planet, be assured that disaster and hilarity will ensue. Fanie Fourie (Eduan van Jaarsveldt) is in a pickle. His brother’s wedding is looming and to ... Read More »

South African Vacation? Five Amazing Animals You Can See


Elephants and lions are just the beginning. Read More »

Blu-ray Review: ‘Khumba’

Khumba and Skalk

Khumba may at first seem eerily reminiscent of other animated films like Madagascar, but it also has its own quirky style and message. Read More »

PTSD Blues: The Angola Conflict


Ever since watching a CBC special on post-traumatic stress disorder, my mind has been filled with thoughts of family members who have lived through wars. Read More »

Movie Memories of Long Ago


From 1934's 'Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch' to 21st century ice hockey on TV. Read More »

Things My Mother Taught Me (Though I Never LIstened)

Old Fort on Constitution Hill

My mother was eight years old when she, her mother, and her grandmother were incarcerated in the Johannesburg Fort, and later taken to a concentration camp. Read More »

Two Journalists, an International Idol, My Father, and a Very Handsome Lad Handsome Lad


I would never have been born if a young reporter named Winston Churchill had not had to ask the Postmaster General, my mother’s uncle, for help transmitting his reports to Britain. Read More »

Talking About Tea Evokes Many Happy Memories


Back when businesses were just discovering computerization, I worked for J. Lyons & Co, the "Tea People," in South Africa. Read More »