Mphuthumi Ntabeni

Show BioHide BioMphuthumi Ntabeni lives in Cape Town where he is a political commentator and writer. He writers for the Southern Cross and his book, The Broken River Tent is published by Black Back Book, an imprint of Jacana Books, in early 2018.

42 posts

Literature and the burden of history

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Mphuthumi Ntabeni examines the state of literature in South Africa and asks why literary prizes are so scarce and why the development of culture and literacy are so under-prioritised, especially by funders and the SA corporate sector who are dwarfed in their g... More »

REVIEW: No Longer At Ease

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In 2018 we mark the diamond jubilee of the the 1958 novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. This novel was read widely in South Africa as a school set-work. Mphuthumi Ntabeni takes a look at another of Achebe’s works, No Longer At Ease. He says that this is ... More »

Can Ramaphosa repair our broken economy?

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South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, recently announced an “ambitious investment drive” which will see “investment envoys” engage domestic and foreign investor opportunities in order to grow the country’s economy so as to lower unemployment rates and redu... More »

Books and Religion

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Mphuthumi Ntabeni examines the shared bicentenary of the National Library of South Africa and the Roman Catholic Church. He looks at the role the church has played in South Africa - and throughout history in various parts of the world - in preserving knowledge... More »

REVIEW: The Land is Ours

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This is an excruciating book of loss of crucial black talent that describes how all-encompassing the colonial and apartheid systems were in destroying all manner of black lives. A historical journey through the history of the country's first black lawyers and ... More »

Inequality and the rise of populism

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With the release of Oxfam's inequality report and more news from financial risk agencies on the brink of South Africa's VAT hike, Mphuthumi Ntabeni considers the world's current financial trajectory - where the rich get richer and the poor are left behind - an... More »

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