South Africa

Savagery in the Cape Colony: Red Dog, by Willem Anker, reviewed

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Red Dog is an ambitious hybrid of a book. It was published in South Africa to wide acclaim in 2014…

Boer refugees were herded by the British into cattle trucks to be shunted into concentration camps at Bloemfontein in 1901. Credit: Alamy Stock Photo

Brutish Brits: You Will Be Safe Here, by Damian Barr, reviewed

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Damian Barr explains the upsetting genesis of his impressive debut novel, You Will Be Safe Here, in his acknowledgements: This…

Rorke’s Drift: a desperate brawl at a mission station up there with the great battle honours of the British army

Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat: the story of Rorke’s Drift

19 January 2019 9:00 am

On 22 January last year, the entrance whiteboard at London Underground’s Dollis Hill carried a brief factual statement: On this…

Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images

Taki: Should I just move to a cave in France?

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   Do any of you know what cisgender is? I just found out. Cisgender is a term that describes…

Durban Notebook: a nation in paralysis

20 October 2018 9:00 am

No one likes uncertainty and in Britain we’ve got more than our fair share. But spare a thought for South…

The white DJ: permissible only in Palm Beach, Biarritz or on the Riviera

My faux pas at the Duke of Beaufort’s bash

15 September 2018 9:00 am

A letter from a reader in South Africa mentions that the writer’s father insisted a white dinner jacket was permissible…

My fans say I could have won the Nobel – if it wasn’t for the bizarre sex

19 May 2018 9:00 am

The family ranch, which my father acquired when I was about six years of age, lay along the banks of…

Farming is a hard life no matter where you do it

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya Erupe is a Kenyan farmer. He owns a smallholding of a few acres not far from my own…

Genocide in South Africa: now that’s a black-and-white issue

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Last time I was in South Africa I spent two weeks deep in the Karoo, that desiccated wasteland in the…

Witty gun-slingers, exhibitionist aggro-mongering and a new low... Edinburgh Fringe roundup

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Truman Capote should have been called Truman Persons. His father, Archulus, abbreviated his first name and introduced himself as Arch…

Nelson Mandela meets Mrs Dalloway in Johannesburg

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Martin Amis once said that the writer’s life is half ambition and half anxiety. While one part of your brain…

What would Freud have to say about Matthew Parris?

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Freudian slap Sir: In his Notes (7 January), Charles Moore explores the uncharacteristic reaction of Matthew Parris to the referendum…

In South Africa, sport is a question of justice

7 January 2017 9:00 am

South Africa’s sporting quotas have a laudable aim. Is that enough?

Cricket is Jonathan Trott's life – and it has made him suffer

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Frankie Howerd, the great, if troubled, comedian, was once asked whether he enjoyed performing. ‘I enjoy having performed,’ he replied.…

Forbidden love: Rosamund Pike as Ruth Williams and David Oyelowo as Seretse Khama

Such courage, bravery and love – if only we could feel it: A United Kingdom reviewed

26 November 2016 9:00 am

A United Kingdom is based on the greatest love story you probably didn’t have a clue about. I know I…

Before she was 40, Anne Barnard had had at least 20 serious suitors and 11 marriage proposals

Anne Barnard: a portrait of a very unusual lady

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Lady Anne Barnard is a name that means almost nothing today, but her story is a remarkable one. She defied…

Vocal authority: Mandla Mndebele as Mandela and Siphamandla Yakupa as Winnie in ‘Mandela Trilogy’

For a good man, Nelson Mandela has inspired a lot of really bad art – here’s some more

10 September 2016 9:00 am

They say that the devil gets all the best tunes, and on the basis of this week’s opera-going it would…

South Africa just had its most hopeful elections ever

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Voting in South Africa used to be on racial lines. That’s changing at last

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…

Post-Brexit banquet: Argentinian beef, best served with South African wine

How to invest if you’re sure we’re heading for Brexit

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Exporters and service firms can thrive outside the EU

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…