Siobhan Cassidy

The minister responds: SA rail agency is broken

A statement from Fikile Mbalula, South African Minister of Transport 15 January 2020 Prasa (the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa) has suffered blows from many years of mismanagement and deteriorating corporate governance. Today it is a broken organisation, struggling to provide an efficient commuter and passenger rail service. Overcrowded trains, ageing infrastructure, old rolling …

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Fabulous festive fun for the family

Cape Town City Ballet’s A Christmas Carol, The Story of Scrooge is excellent festive family fun, a classic-but-light lesson in the power of good over evil, of generosity over meanness. Real Christmas spirit stuff. The cast, which often seems largely made up of children and child-like adults, delivers a jolly, heart-warming evening of playfulness and …

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Full circle with ‘the one who sings’ … and writes and heals

We remember Zolani Mahola performing with Shakira at the opening ceremony of the Football World Cup 2010, the eyes of South Africa, a broken country longing for healing, focused on the pint-sized powerhouse. What we don’t know is that her energy and joyfulness belied a lifetime of pain carried inside. The lead singer of Freshlyground, …

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More first-class silliness from the Trolley Dollies

There are a lot of extras on the latest flight of fantasy from the Trolley Dollies – new cast members, some very impressively choreographed, well-rehearsed dance numbers, even eyewear from Oculus  – but Three Blind Mice is also the classic, trashy, first-class fun we have come to expect from the rudest and brassiest of broads, …

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Smart townships: The key to a thriving South African economy … put on hold

A ground-breaking South African project to position South Africa’s townships as the Smart Megacities of the Global South is on hold while new funding is sought. It makes me want to weep … Under the leadership of Emma Kaye, the Cape Digital Foundation’s project, which started as a local government initiative to increase the uptake …

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