Why do townships still exist?

By Siphiwe Sithole:
Photo by David Van Wyk

I have often wondered when I was younger why during the week I would sleep in a nice house where my grandmother worked as a domestic worker in the suburbs but on the weekends get into a taxi and sleep in a small hose in Meadowlands.

Pride does justice proud

Gillian Schutte in Mail & Guardian
A new movement for sexual minorities has spurned big business to
 fight broader social ills, writes Gillian Schutte.

The first Johannesburg People’s Pride march took place on October 5 at Constitution Hill and the political nature of the event was clearly evident. Protest songs filled the air. People’s Pride linked many struggles to those for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights – housing and other socioeconomic rights, and access to water and food.

Beauty and the beast: How the beauty industry ‘others’ women

By: Gillian Schutte
In the wake of the many global revolutionary rumblings over the past few years I have been pondering the prospect of a mass women’s revolt against the male-owned beauty industry that mostly diminishes women to mere objects and creates untold conflict in our psyches. This industry, along with the mainstream media, is premised on beautyism and has employed a very effective tool of “othering” those who do not fit into the idealised picture of what is pleasing to the male gaze.

The terminal nature of poverty

By Gillian Schutte & Sipho Singiswa:
Photo: Jared Sacks

As academics, journalists, social commentators and activists we have a sense that we know the poor. We are outraged by poverty and inequality and advocate for equity and a life of dignity for all. We look for ways to bring the voices of the poor into the public debate and ask questions around how we can get democracy to work for the poor. But few of us have even an inkling of the full spectrum of what it means to be poor.

Failing to Feed Our People: South Africa’s Lacklustre Food Security Policy

By Glenn Ashton

We are what we eat and on the whole South Africans are unhealthy. Because of our increasingly industrialised food chain we eat far too much refined, processed food. The poor are exceptionally exposed to this pernicious trend, with the cheapest maize meal consisting disproportionately of husks, which provide very little nutritional benefit. In some cases diets consist of more than 90% of maize meal.