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Bookseller Henry Mugo says he loves selling books because it allows him to talk about literary works with customers at his book stand in central Johannesburg. PHOTO: ZACH PODOLNICK ’26/THE HAWK

Booksellers strive to decolonize literary landscape

Hannah Pajtis, Features Editor June 24, 2024

Johannesburg, South Africa – When browsing the young adult section of Book Circle Capital, readers won’t come across J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” or Suzanne Collins’...

Defender Oratile Makurube quickly changes directions during a June 15 match between the Regional Ladies Emmarentia Pirates and the Peace Makers Ladies. PHOTO: ZACH PODOLNICK ’26/THE HAWK

Sailing the soccer seas

Maximus Fisher, Sports Writer June 23, 2024

Johannesburg, South Africa – Twice a week, 19-year-old Oratile Makurube travels 45 minutes from her home in the township of Soweto to Randburg, a northern suburb of Johannesburg, to play soccer.  Makurube...

Poet Rabbie Serumula reads annotations left by his father in the back of a Louis LAmour novel as part of a monthly poetry series he helped to start at the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve. PHOTO: THE HAWK

Poet aims to ‘spread the love’ at nature reserve

Kiley O'Brien, Assistant Features Editor June 21, 2024

Johannesburg, South Africa – On a chilly Sunday morning in early June, poet Rabbie Serumula stood under a lapa, a thatched roof pavilion, near the top of the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve, with an...

Students enjoy recess on a sunny winter day at Impala Crescent Primary school in Lenasia. PHOTO: ELISE WELSH 22

Pandemic exposes digital divide at elementary school

Katie Rosta August 19, 2022

Lenasia, South Africa — When schools shut down during the height of the pandemic in 2020, teachers at Impala Crescent Primary School, like many educators, had to quickly learn how to continue teaching...

Children will soon return from recess to a classroom in the main academic building at Livingstone Primary School. PHOTO: ELISE WELSH 22

School aims to fill gap for special needs students

Katie Rosta August 18, 2022

Durban, South Africa — A group of teachers huddled around a supply table filled with original art, 3D models and insect specimens in the Livingston Primary School library  Days before the winter...

S’bonelo Tau Luthuli, a contemporary traditional ceramicist, stands next to some of his work exhibited at Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. PHOTO: ALLIE MILLER 24/THE HAWK

Ceramicist’s art incorporates, honors Zulu traditions

Leslie Quan August 11, 2022

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa —  As a Black South African using ceramics as a medium to express himself and create art, S’bonelo Tau Luthuli stands out.  The primary use of ceramics...

Nonhlanhla Khoza (left) member of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature, and Lindiwe Zulu (right) minister of Social Development, visit Gail Schreiner (center) head social worker at Kerr House during the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence in Nov. 2021. PHOTO: Courtesy of Gail Schreiner.

Women’s shelter works to provide holistic care for survivors of violence

Sara Garstka August 8, 2022

Durban, South Africa — Nestled in the Windermere neighborhood of Durban, Kerr House is a home for women and their children who need support following gender-based violence, abandonment, homelessness...

Ayanda Ntukwana (left) and Abram Moyaha (right) are based at SLEDs Johannesburg location. PHOTO: KATIE ROSTA 22/THE HAWK

Nonprofit connects deaf students to resources, history, community

Devin Yingling August 5, 2022

When covid-19 lockdowns hit South Africa in early 2020, Zoliswa Flekisi was focused on making sure deaf students still had access to information and education.  Flekisi, who is deaf, is a facilitator...

Coach Wandile Khumalo helps to lift Sanele Joyisa as her sister Bayanda Mkhize attempts to throw the ball into play. PHOTO: KATIE ROSTA 22/THE HAWK

Former South African national rugby player shares sport that ‘saved’ him with girls he coaches

Nicholas Klingman August 1, 2022

Durban, South Africa – On a sunny but crisp winter day in June, a group of girls lined up facing one another in a field next to Mowat Park High School, each taking turns punting a rugby ball to their...

Alain Bolingo, a trader at the Art & Craft Market in Rosebank, said he makes wares with tourists in mind, but tourists have been in short supply during the pandemic. PHOTO: DEVIN YINGLING 22/THE HAWK

Popular Joburg market vendors hope for recovery after pandemic lulls

Elise Welsh July 29, 2022

Johannesburg, South Africa – Each Sunday, on the rooftop deck of a parking garage in the Rosebank Mall, over 200 traders set up tables to sell goods. After being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, these...

Author Judy Croome said many of her poems are about finding beauty in the mundane. PHOTO: MATEO CAPLIN 23/THE HAWK

South African poet writes to change perceptions

Leslie Quan July 27, 2022

Judy Croome is a South African poet, novelist and short story writer born in Zvishavane, Zimbabwe, to South African parents. After many years of being an accountant, Croome decided to turn to writing...

Sazi Jali founded TransHope in 2018 and runs the organization out of her home in Umlazi. PHOTO: LESLIE QUAN 22/THE HAWK

Trans organization aims to provide visibility, support

Allie Miller July 25, 2022

Umlazi, South Africa - The blue house behind the gate at the top of a steep driveway in the middle of Umlazi is a beacon of hope amid the troubles that surround it in the Black township of Umlazi, now...

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