by Thembisile Dzonzi In a community where listening to music is prohibited, the melodic sounds of the nasheed genre are a popular alternative in Islamic households. However, even in this religious genre of Islamic praise music there are contending views as to what is halaal and what is haram. Seductive, explicit, harmful, shameless, vulgar, promotes […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
by Michelle Gumede NOS foggers, split mags and dropped suspension are staples for drag racing in Mayfair; the subculture keeps local police busy and the costs are exorbitant. But the guys, and the girls, love it anyway. “Neh hond, I’m going to jigga, this truck driver naai is wasting time,” Smiley says as he changes […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
by Reuven Blignault Just a stone’s throw away from affluent suburbs such as Parktown and Auckland Park in Johannesburg is a “poor white” suburb called Fietas. Over 40 years ago, the government forcibly removed many families to make way for a low-cost residential white suburb. These days Fietas is associated with poverty, drugs, prostitution and […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Katleho Sekhotho Once it was the crown jewel of movie culture in Fordsburg. Today it has been born again as an icon of a different kind. This is the story of the Majestic, the old, former movie house that becomes a lively, rousing church on Sundays. The young women walk in and out of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
by Raquel De Canha Crime has for many years been a troubling shadow that looms over South Africa. A group of individuals in Mayfair have decided that crime in their area is too great a task for the police to tackle alone. It is here that many community members choose to take an active approach to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
by Anlerie de Wet According to crime statistics, the Fordsburg and Mayfair areas are two of the safest foreign-inhabited areas in Johannesburg. The Muslims in the area, which is increasing yearly, believe it is because of their peaceful nature. Can this be true? Mayfair and Fordsburg have become places where refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants from […]Continue Reading... No Comments.