Notes from the road: Kinshasa

The Congo River, courtesy of the author All the paranoia about getting through the airport proved to be ill-founded. My clever concealment of various camera lenses inside pairs of socks buried deep down [...]

By | February 1st, 2017|

A letter to 2016

Dear 2016, With just a few days to go before 2017 takes over the reigns, public scrutiny of your twelve-month world tenure has reached fever pitch. As I'm sure you're aware by now, your approval [...]

By | December 29th, 2016|

The day I stood and did nothing

Image courtesy of Alfonso Cardenas Ortega It's taken me a while to feel brave enough to write this post. Long enough that I've forgotten what exactly the racist old Afrikaans man said to [...]

By | November 17th, 2016|

On journalism ethics

Dancers in Brazzaville, Congo. Picture taken by the author When I was studying Media and Writing at the University of Cape Town (UCT), I seem to remember there were a few lectures about [...]

By | September 16th, 2016|

Ballad of the Banlieue: A winter of discontent in Paris

Image courtesy of Alain Bachellier I read Ernest Hemingway's 'A Moveable Feast' and George Orwell's 'Down and Out in Paris in London' in my late teens, and for some years afterwards I had [...]

By | August 16th, 2016|

I’m a racist, but I’m trying my best to amend for that

A couple of years ago when I was on assignment in the Eastern Cape, I went out on a educational trip into the Amatole mountains with a local man who we shall call simply Piet. [...]

By | May 24th, 2016|

On Becoming Conscious

A funny thing happened at the beginning of this year that I've been mulling over every day since. I'd just got back to Cape Town after three weeks' holiday in rainy England for Christmas and [...]

By | February 4th, 2016|

Another New Year

Muizenberg beach, South Africa, courtesy of Christopher Clark Here we are again, sharing our well-intentioned New Year's resolutions and putting to bed the triumphs and tribulations of 2015. For my part, 2016's New [...]

By | January 7th, 2016|

The In-Betweener

Almost exactly two years ago, I was writing my final exams as a “mature student” at the University of Cape Town and preparing myself for six months back in England – my longest uninterrupted stint [...]

By | November 26th, 2015|

South Africa Boils Over

Riot police outside Parliament. Image courtesy of Brendon Bosworth As soon as I enter the classroom, I can see my students are on edge. As refugees from Mali, Somalia, Congo (both sides of [...]

By | October 22nd, 2015|