Mark Gevisser

Southern African Correspondent


Mark Gevisser was The Nation’s Southern Africa correspondent for many years. His latest book is The Pink Line: Journeys Across the World’s Queer Frontiers.

Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela

Remembering the Real Desmond Tutu, 1931–2021 Remembering the Real Desmond Tutu, 1931–2021

Celebrated in death by his former foes, Archbishop Tutu had the gift not just of courage and righteousness but also of timing.

Dec 31, 2021 / Mark Gevisser


Engendered Engendered

The trans community is coming out—and bringing with it a deeper understanding of what it means to be human.

Mar 23, 2015 / Feature / Mark Gevisser

My Johannesburg

My Johannesburg My Johannesburg

The city and its landscape would not exist were it not for many violations against nature.

Apr 2, 2014 / Books & the Arts / Mark Gevisser

South Africa’s ‘Marikana Moment’ South Africa’s ‘Marikana Moment’

The massacre of striking miners marked a tipping point, with the African National Congress moving closer to becoming just another party in power, rather than a liberation movement.

Sep 19, 2012 / Editorial / Mark Gevisser

Echoes of South African Redemption Echoes of South African Redemption

If the last great redemptive moment in global politics was Nelson Mandela's liberation and ascent to power, Barack Obama's presidency will be the next.

Jan 15, 2009 / Feature / Mark Gevisser

Zimbabwe Reeling Zimbabwe Reeling

Peace among warring factions will come only when each side accepts that it can't win. And none of the players--least of all Robert Mugabe--has come to this realization.

Apr 24, 2008 / Editorial / Mark Gevisser

AIDS Movement Seizes Control AIDS Movement Seizes Control

Despite its controversy, World AIDS Day has demonstrated how vast and global the AIDS movement has gone. While the extent of AIDS advocacy was not as far-reaching then, in 1987 a b...

Dec 2, 2005 / Feature / Mark Gevisser

As Zimbabwe Goes… As Zimbabwe Goes…

On March 10 the citizens of a small African country went to the polls to cast their votes for an incumbent with a reputation as one of the continent's most unreconstructed tyrants...

Mar 21, 2002 / Editorial / Mark Gevisser

Dispatches Dispatches

The events of September 11, viewed from abroad.

Sep 27, 2001 / Feature / Praful Bidwai, Maria Margaronis, Graham Usher, Mark Gevisser, Ahmed Rashid, and Ana Uzelac

The Cosatu Strike The Cosatu Strike

Nothing in modern times has symbolized the scourge of racism--and the potential for overcoming it--more than South Africa's recent history.

Aug 30, 2001 / Feature / Mark Gevisser