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Interview: Alix-Rose Cowie

Alix-Rose Cowie, one of the forces behind the quintessential South African showcase between10and5 shares her thoughts on banned adverts, sexism and why her site is the place to be for local creative talent. Mirror Image: Thanks so much for doing this. Before I get into ‘my stuff’, I wanted to ask you; what inspired you to … Continue reading

Interview: Lee-Roy Chetty

Interview: Lee-Roy Chetty

This past week I was lucky enough to interview Lee-Roy Chetty; one of the most interesting and veracious voices in South African Media today. He is a regular contributor on ThoughtLeader,  worked as a digital strategist at Ogilvy, Cape Town, will host a show with Radio 2000 and is completing his PhD at the University of … Continue reading

To Have and not to Have Part 2: ‘Is Colonial Mimicry Still Alive in the 21st Century?’

If Mimicry is the ‘other’ attempting to find a place in the changing political and social conditions in order “to be like” the ‘centre figure’, then what prompts the ‘centre figure’ to mimic the other?  A middle class couple in Pretoria, through a blog, documented their experiences moving from their gated community to a nearby … Continue reading

To Have and not to Have Part 1: ‘Is Colonial Mimicry Still Alive in the 21st Century?’

James Ferguson, an American Anthropologist, speaks of a pair of Ethiopian boys who write to European officials, meekly asking for financial and economic support from the ‘powers that be’. Ferguson finds this to be perpetuating a 400-year old dynamic that exists between Africa and Europe (Ferguson, 2002). Ferguson describes these boys as being modern day … Continue reading

Nandos Izikhothane Advert Part 2: ‘Satire or Minseltry?’

Nandos Izikhothane Advert Part 2: ‘Satire or Minseltry?’

“The Negreos inferiority complex is particularly intensified among the most educated, who must struggle with it unceasingly” Frantz Fanon In an earlier post,I discussed theIzikhothane advertthat is part of Nandos25 Reasons to Love South Africa campaign. The main argument of that post is that although what this group is doing may appear counter-intuitive and foolish, sometimes … Continue reading