South Africa

South Africa’s Heart of Darkness

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Trencherman was first published in Afrikaans in 2006 and translated into English for a South African readership shortly afterwards, but…

A glimpse of an older, kinder Chelsea

2 April 2016 9:00 am

The Parish Church of St Luke in Sydney Street, Chelsea, is enormous. Vaguely reminiscent of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, it…

South Africa’s rainbow nation promise lives on — in rich, caged enclaves

20 February 2016 9:00 am

I went back to see my old house in Cape Town last week, and they’d put a cage around it.…

There may never be a better (or cheaper) time to visit South Africa

6 February 2016 9:00 am

There are plenty of places to fly to for winter sun, but only one place that offers five-star hotels for…

Every Test match should have a Ben Stokes (or even a Chris Gayle)

9 January 2016 9:00 am

On Sunday morning a friend texted: ‘You watching the big bash, or the domestic stuff down in Australia?’ On one…

Fear, loneliness and nostalgia: a return to Johannesburg

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Oddly enough, the cabin service people on the plane are constantly eating during the night, helping themselves to the first-class…

An innocent abroad defies South Africa’s insane colour code

16 May 2015 9:00 am

At the eye of apartheid South Africa’s storm of insanities was a mania for categorisation. Everything belonged in its place,…

The students tearing down Cecil Rhodes’s statue are still upholding his legacy

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Protesting students in Cape Town may disdain the statue of Cecil Rhodes, yet they do not reject his legacy

Marlene Dumas at Tate Modern reviewed: 'remarkable'

7 February 2015 9:00 am

‘Whoever wishes to devote himself to painting,’ Henri Matisse once advised, ‘should begin by cutting out his own tongue.’ Marlene…

Blikkiesdorp, the shack settlement where Asad lived for the two years during which he and Jonny Steinberg collaborated on the book

Refugees and resilience: a story of Africa

24 January 2015 9:00 am

I would love to sit in on a Jonny Steinberg interview. Over the years this South African writer has perfected…

Johannesburg: a city trying hard to revamp its image

Low life’s Limpopo legend

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Not everything is forgotten in the new Johannesburg, finds Lara Prendergast

Norman Mailer’s wife comes out of the shadows

22 November 2014 9:00 am

‘It’s not as bad as I thought it would be,’ said Norman Mailer to his wife, Norris Church, after reading…

Portrait of the week

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Home The last British combat troops turned over Camp Bastion in Helmand to Afghan forces and withdrew from Afghanistan after…

At least South Africa has the world’s best murder trials

18 October 2014 9:00 am

South Africa’s spectacular murder trials – first Oscar Pistorius, now Shrien Dewani – help take minds off other difficulties

Why squash deserves a place in the Olympics

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Thank god for the Commonwealth Games: at least they gave us a brief respite from football transfer stories. Instead of…

I think I’ve found the new Maria Callas

2 August 2014 9:00 am

Some of my most enjoyable evenings, when I reviewed opera weekly for The Spectator, were spent at the Royal College…

We're all just bewildered apes – my financial adviser proves it

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Depressed and demoralised after the defeat of his nation of farmers in the second Boer war, Eugène Marais, an Afrikaner…

Why America's ivory ban won't help elephants

22 February 2014 9:00 am

The Duke of Cambridge deserves credit for bringing his influence to bear on the growing tragedy of the elephant, whose…

How to get around South Africa's many boundaries

15 February 2014 9:00 am

There are writers whose prose style is so fluid, so easy, the reader feels as though he has been taken…