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The Near Misses – The Worst Band In Joburg™

  Shambolic five-piece rock band The Near Misses, from Johannesburg, South Africa, have been winning over audiences with their uniquely chaotic Afro-pop garage rock since way back in 2014. The Near Misses’ naïve innocence, and their raw, dynamic songs, impress all who see them – for better or worse. You either […]

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Low Pay Is Killing Journalism!

This is a statement by Safrea, the Southern African Freelancers’ Association Safrea, the Southern African Freelancers’ Association, has slammed the collapse in freelance editorial rates in South Africa as “threatening to kill journalism”. “The rates being paid for editorial journalism in this country are not enough to sustain a career […]

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Towards A White Wokeness

By Hagen Engler In the fraught contemporary social media environment, it can be intimidating to try to say anything of political relevance. Especially when you know you’re on the wrong side of history, and that your perspective and value system is tainted by your privileged upbringing in a racist, white supremacist system. […]

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The Midnight Munch

A tribute to those trusty dens of culinary endeavour that feed the party army of the night. By Hagen Engler   [This story first appeared in Obrigado magazine] The late-night stop for coffee and a bite to eat is as much a part of the going-out tradition as the dancing, […]


The water’s end

[This piece first appeared in Journey magazine] Hagen Engler accompanies his father on a nostalgic return to a desert dam in Africa. “Ah, well,” my father shrugs, as he contemplates his greatest work of engineering. The disappointment hangs heavy in the crisp Kalahari air. My dad, Fred, helped build the Gaborone […]

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