South Africa

English cricket is too glass half-empty for its own good

17 July 2017 16:28

There is, let us be honest, a certain kind of England supporter who derives some cheerful satisfaction from disaster and…

Science Must Fall: it’s time to decolonise science

17 October 2016 12:36

First we had Rhodes Must Fall, now it’s the turn of Science Must Fall. Students at the University of Cape…

Ntokozo Qwabe has his final say on #TipGate: ‘there is, in reality, no freedom of speech in a black body’

31 May 2016 12:30

Last month Ntokozo Qwabe made the news after he wrote of his happiness at making a waitress shed ‘white tears’…

Cultural boycotts are ineffective and wrong

25 July 2014 12:57

Scotland’s national poet Liz Lochhead has been at it again. Two years ago she was petitioning against a dance company…

Nadine Gordimer, 1923-2014

14 July 2014 20:43

Spectator reviewers over the years have had a difficult time with Nadine Gordimer’s books. Gordimer (1923 – 2014), who won…

Is democracy flourishing in South Africa?

2 May 2014 9:27

This week South Africa has held events to mark 20 years of democracy. Simon Jenkins, writing after the first election…

I hope and pray that bookshops will survive – somehow

10 April 2014 14:37

When writing a novel, there comes a time, in the process of gestation and planning, when other books are required. It…

Why shouldn’t people have a flutter on the Pistorius trial?

3 March 2014 15:39

You can bet on all manner of scummy things on Paddy Power: when Fergie and Andrew will remarry; how Julian…

A Carve-Up That’s Just Not Cricket

20 January 2014 15:14

By god, you know matters have come to a wretched pass when you feel inclined to defend and protect the…

Playing down Australia and New Zealand’s role in the Great War is shameful

10 January 2014 16:08

Back in the 1950s my grandmother wrote her memoirs of childhood in Edwardian London, a story that ends in the…

What did you do in the struggle, daddy? The real story of Nelson Mandela and the communists

10 December 2013 13:13

Reading the obituaries last Friday, one was left with impression that Nelson Mandela’s only flaws were fastidiousness and a tendency…

Nelson Mandela gave us the greatest gift of all: Hope

6 December 2013 0:02

Sometimes when a significant public figure dies, even, perhaps especially, when that death comes as no surprise and may, indeed,…

Nelson Mandela: The man and the mask

5 December 2013 21:49

South Africa’s first black president Nelson Mandela has died aged 95 this evening. From The Spectator’s archive, here is a personal account…

Africa’s growth spurt

12 September 2012 10:32

When South African police opened fire on striking miners at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine, it had all of the hallmarks…

South Africa: Mired in corruption?

21 August 2012 11:36

On the 5th of August Mary Robinson delivered the annual Nelson Mandela lecture in Cape Town. It should have been…

Racism and real estate

26 June 2012 16:45

If racism presupposes that different ethnic groups cannot live harmoniously together, then segregation puts that theory into practice. Carl H.…

A flooded world

17 January 2011 16:41

It looks like the opening of a Hollywood disaster film. The South African government has declared parts of the country…

Survive the World Cup in Style…

13 January 2010 20:28

Because everything is a market opportunity, here’s a perfect gift for any friend going to the World Cup this summer.…

Mousavi and the South African Example

17 June 2009 23:54

Democracy in America goes back to pre-election profiles of Mir Hossein Mousavi and finds a “cautious, pragmatic, vague and increasingly…