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Life after the circus

Falling in love again - why we need "ugly food"

Absolutely fatuous

Letter to my younger self

Little Issue

Nondinaye and Siphokazi's stories

Author Sindiwe Magona talks to the vendors



Olympic festival “one of the best things to happen to homeless people in Rio”

Francesca Harrington-Edmans

“I think the festival is one of the best things to have happened to homeless people in Rio,” says João, speaking to INSP following the event. “I really believe the project can change the way Brazilians treat homeless people.” For five days, from 19-23 July, homeless choirs and other arts companies occupied the Rio’s streets, […]

August 24, 2016

Can you be a feminist and a good Sotho wife?

By Paballo Molahleni

Paballo Molahleni realises that love, commitment and communication can triumph over stereotypes and societal expectations.

August 21, 2016

Deon Meyer for the Open Book Festival

The annual Open Book Festival, from 7-11 September in Cape Town, showcases the best of South African writing, holds great panel discussions for the exchange of ideas and aims to tickle the imagination. The events are centred around the Fugard Theatre, The District 6 Museum Homecoming Centre, and The Book Lounge in Roeland Street. This […]

August 17, 2016
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Competition to illustrate Lauren Beukes’s “beasties” book

Margaret Connors

Award-winning author Lauren Beukes is just a few months away from publishing her newest book. Best known for her books “The Shining Girls” and “Broken Monsters”, Beukes has gone in a different direction this time — a children’s book. Beukes has crafted the world of Unbelievia in which a group of funny creatures live, such […]

August 2, 2016

Poaching upsurge pushes pangolin extinction

Despite the arrests and long-term sentences passed on several Zimbabwean pangolin capturers, dealers and traffickers over the past year, conservationists believe the increased seizure of live pangolins, pangolin scales, skins and other products indicate an upsurge in poaching of the world’s most widely trafficked animal. According to quarterly crime incidence statistics for the period January to April 2016 released […]

July 20, 2016




South Africa’s Shame

Marion Scher

The phrase “rape culture” hit the headlines recently, as campus protesters took the issue to the streets. Marion Scher looks at some of the questions it raised, from the use of language, to attitudes, to secondary victimisation.


Electric Cars: Will SA switch on?

The Tesla Model 3 is set to hit South Africa next year – but are our roads and drivers ready? And in a global market where at least one car company boss doesn’t want you to buy his electric vehicle, is there really a future for electric cars? Mark van Dijk finds out.


Teaching the teachers

In 2015, the World Economic Forum ranked South Africa’s maths and science education 138th out of 140 countries. Frances Aron finds out how one organisation is addressing the issue.

Under the skin of Albinism

For more than 20 years the Albinism Society of South Africa has supported people with albinism. Frances Aron finds out about a condition that’s often surrounded in stigma and superstition. (more…)