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Grab and Bang – Man, Where’s the Condom? AIDS Crisis in South Africa Today

by Vonani Bila In 1990, South Africa had an infection rate of less than one percent. By 1999, an average infection rate had peaked to 22.4 per cent. By the same year, a projected twenty-five per cent of all pregnant

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Utoponil: A Breakthrough in the Treatment of Xenophobia

by J. Martin Labuschagne   There was a fluttering of papers and white coats as the new psychiatry students walked behind Professor Doctor Franz T. Smalberger through the Xenophobia wing of the Manto Tshabalala-Msimang Hospital. He only stopped when he

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President Zuma, The Market and the Spectre of Culture

by Mark Espin   Much has been written about this country’s President, his questionable morality, his prowess with machines and his potent productivity. There have no doubt been several missives from religious practitioners arguing for urgent ethical rejuvenation and admission

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Myesha Jenkins – Tribute

Botsotso would like to pay homage to Myesha Jenkins, the poet and promoter of poetry who died on Saturday, 05 September 2020. Myesha was a founder member of Feelah Sistah, the all-woman poetry group that in its time made such an impact. Thereafter, she was indefatigable in organising and strengthening poetry platforms on radio and for live performance/readings. Myesha’s work was included in two Botsotso productions – the anthology Isis X and the recording Roots and Branches. Her spirit as a politically conscious, jazz-loving artist lives on and is well expressed in her seminal poem Autobiography which was included in both these projects.

Click here to read Autobiography, a poem by Myesha Jenkins.

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