Beauty has a skin colour

August 29, 2009

By Wazi Kunene

Definitions of statements and words change as time passes – just like the term beauty. How it was defined centuries ago is certainly not the same today. In the early years before South Africa became colonised by Europeans, black skinned women with light and dark complexions were seen as gorgeous and compared to all beauties of nature. Beauty was, as today, the body and the face and not much has changed today, but the wheel has taken a turn and now beauty has a ‘skin colour’.
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The politics of politics

October 1, 2007


By Noizee M

Tokyo’s talk the other night got me thinking. He is a very charismatic, well-spoken man who knows all the right things to say. I must say, I was impressed by his speech. But in the state of star-struck gazing, I got thinking about the reality of political speech. Is it actually possible to get a straight talking, honest politician or are we just lucky if they don’t cheat, rape or steal? Read the rest of this entry »

It’s presidential chic

May 24, 2007

By Grethe Koen

Politics is a risky business. People say things, other people get annoyed. Dictators rule third world countries, people get annoyed. Fashion designers charge the price of a third world country for a pair of shoes, people get annoyed. Annoying dictators dress themselves in interesting regalia and fashion critics wish they could beat them over the head with a pair of shoes the size of a third world country. Read the rest of this entry »

Extended Studies: the little big black box?

May 24, 2007

By Stacy Moreland 

Rhodes students are quick to run for the nearest politically-correct fence at the mere mention of race. But if you mention the words “blacks only”, some feel it is safe to become righteously indignant and close in for the kill. Read the rest of this entry »

Politics of politics

May 24, 2007

By Azwihangwisi Mufamadi

When the Extension of University Education Act of 1959 was passed by the apartheid government in South Africa, higher education institutions were divided along race, ethnic groups and the language used when classes were taught. Due to this act, Rhodes University was open to students who, according to the apartheid government, were classified as white. Read the rest of this entry »

Just a lank jol in Joza

May 10, 2007

By Elizabeth Vale and Stacy Moreland

The Freedom Day long weekend left those of us still in town contemplating the meagre entertainment options open to us. The town seemed smaller than its usually microscopic size and the thought of frequenting the same establishments seemed less than freeing. Freedom Day gave us the opportunity to free our minds and consider all the times we have sat and bemoaned the size of Grahamstown, yet have not taken into account the bustling township or loxion, where most of the population live and play. Read the rest of this entry »

Not my mother’s tongue

May 10, 2007

By Camalita Naicker

Imagine trying to write your assignments and participate in tuts in a language you barely know. Rhodes University has a large number of second-language English speakers. Some of them have done English as a first language at school and the transfer to university is easy enough for them, But there are those who did not attend schools where English is the primary language and they have a much more difficult transition.

African Affairs cartoon

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