South Africa

Why South Africans lost faith in the ANC

2 June 2024 1:31 am

A red dawn had just broken when Stephanie Sathege joined the queue to vote at her local polling station in…

Will South Africa reject the ANC?

30 May 2024 7:41 pm

After many years in power, a corrupt and inept government is finally close to being removed. There is no great…

From Cleopatra to Elizabeth Taylor, women have found jewels irresistible

25 May 2024 9:00 am

Helen Molesworth has produced a magnificent history of gemstones – their symbolism, provenance, and the legends surrounding the best ones

It will be difficult for Israel to ignore this ICJ ruling

27 January 2024 8:04 pm

Yesterday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered an interim ruling on South Africa’s genocide case against Israel. Its decision…

Beware South Africa’s rising star

12 August 2023 9:00 am

South Africa’s new villain

From she-devil to heroine – Winnie Mandela’s surprising metamorphosis

20 May 2023 9:00 am

Jonny Steinberg describes Nelson and Winnie’s doomed marriage, and how their posthumous reputations have undergone a startling reversal

The Zulu’s new king brings peace, for a moment

2 November 2022 7:25 pm

A new king of the Zulu was crowned at the weekend. Thousands in South Africa went to Durban to watch…

Brilliant and distinctive but also relentless: William Kentridge, at the RA, reviewed

8 October 2022 9:00 am

William Kentridge’s work has a way of sticking in the mind. I can remember all my brief encounters with it,…

Homage to Sydney Kentridge, South Africa’s courtroom giant

30 July 2022 9:00 am

Sydney Kentridge, the protagonist of Thomas Grant’s superb legal saga The Mandela Brief, is that trickiest of biographical subjects: a…

The lost world of the Karoo

30 July 2022 9:00 am

Julia Blackburn’s Dreaming the Karoo is the diary of a very bad year: from March 2020, when a research trip…

A belter of a podcast, featuring a mad South African: Smoke Screen reviewed

23 July 2022 9:00 am

I go back and forth on tobacco companies. On the one hand, they are merchants of death. On the other,…

Why I was almost thrown out of South Africa

28 May 2022 9:00 am

On my 2 p.m. arrival for a week-long work trip to South Africa a fortnight ago, an immigration agent flapped…

Is Omicron now falling in South Africa?

21 December 2021 4:09 am

Man makes Covid predictionsand God laughs. Yet with the stakes this high in Britain, every bit of real-world data is…

The promise of South Africa

18 December 2021 9:00 am

‘Earth has not anything to show more fair.’ One can admire the view from Westminster Bridge and feel near the…

How 19th-century gold rushes led to a distrust of China

2 October 2021 9:00 am

For a brief moment three summers ago it seemed that the clear Idaho air wafting through the Sun Valley Literary…

Letters: Why aren’t Italians fighting for their liberty?

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Wage concern Sir: Martin Vander Weyer’s call for higher wages to end the shortage of British HGV drivers (‘Your country…

Letters: The problem with the ‘alpha migrants’

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Here illegally Sir: Unfortunately, Charlotte Eagar misses the point (‘The alpha migrants’, 31 July). The Channel migrants may be ‘bright…

The case for travelling abroad

31 July 2021 9:00 am

I’m off. In the week when you may read this, my partner and I will be winging our way to…

The real reasons for South Africa’s riots

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Sixty-eight years ago, when I was four, my Scottish father and English mother took me from London to South Africa,…

Death and dishonour: The Promise, by Damon Galgut, reviewed

31 July 2021 9:00 am

If death is not an event in life, as Wittgenstein observed, it’s a curious way to structure a novel. But…

What's behind the South African riots?

15 July 2021 8:59 am

South Africa is ablaze once more. In the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal (formerly Natal) and Gauteng (which includes Johannesburg and Pretoria),…

Memories of Stellenbosch and South Africa’s finest wines

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Lockdown provides time to think, and to reminisce. A South African friend, trapped in Amsterdam, phoned the other day. Had…