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Ukuvula Isango: “Opening the Gate” to Women’s Empowerment and post-pandemic reconstruction in rural South Africa.

WOMEN RISE Workshop 2: Innovation and Amplified Possibility The Women RISE (Research, Innovation, and Societal Empowerment) project recently held a workshop in Chintsa, Eastern Cape, focused on “Fieldwork Learnings and Ethnographic Imagination.” The workshop aimed to foster the creation of “peoples science,” a new approach that explores sociology and anthropology through everyday practices. Professor Leslie […]

Policing the (post)colonial body: The Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa

In March 2020, South Africa enacted one of the world’s most severe lockdowns to combat the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Whilst this action received international praise, its implementation by the armed security forces in many ways mirrored colonial and apartheid-era controls on movement, such as violent policing and curfews. In this article, we explore former anti-apartheid activists’ […]

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South Africa Doesn’t Have a Reading Culture. These Women Are Changing the Story One Tuk-Tuk Ride at a Time

Reading is the foundation of learning. It also gives readers, especially children, a connection with their world that few experiences provide. Despite the benefits, however, not every child has access to books. That’s why Sinothando Menzi, Julia Makganye, Ziyanda Xaso, and Masiza Hlekwayo are working to change this story with mobile libraries that deliver books right […]


The 2022 Local Heroes awards gala event was a night of rose-gold glamour in honour of 12 winners whose work stood out.

It is nearly time to honour some of the Eastern Cape’s most selfless and impactful changemakers as nominations for the Daily Dispatch Johnson’s Baby Local Heroes awards open on April 1. Daily Dispatch readers are invited to nominate individuals from their communities, who go above and beyond to positively impact the lives of the less fortunate […]