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Niren Tolsi Solidarity Fund Campaign

Anybody interested in the cultural landscape of South Africa will need no introduction to Niren Tolsi. He is one of the country’s foremost journalists and has written with an incisive clarity on arts and culture. In addition, his work on the Marikana massacre unveiled the grief, strength and dignity of the families of Marikana with aching clarity. His work has appeared in The Guardian, The Mail and Guardian, New Frame, The Times and numerous online platforms. His annual reflection on the National Arts Festival in Makhanda is often the definitive piece of the festival.

His many accolades include 2016 South African Arts Journalist of the Year, the 2017 Ruth First Fellowship & a Heinrich Böll Journalism Fellowship. He directed, produced & curated the Marikana – Ten Years On exhibition & public engagement programme at the 2022 National Arts Festival

Like many in the journalism sector in South Africa financial stability is a pipe dream. Niren is currently facing crippling medical bills a result of a cancer diagnosis. In addition, despite his many years of service to the Mail and Guardian their shoddy treatment of him has further affected his financial stability. If you have at any time been moved by Niren’s writing, you are able to offer him some support now. He has been witness to so much social injustice in South Africa and has brought it to our attention with writing that demands a response. Your donation, no mater how small will enable him to continue to do just that. 

Donor Messages

Relax. We will be there.
Sorry to hear about the difficulties with Discovery. I couldnt afford them any longer. It's a disgrace how hectic the monthly premiums are and to then not get the benefit of it. All the best for a swift treatment & recovery, Spin.
Robert Trunz MELT2000
Bless you for what you have written so passionate about Busi Mhlongo - and all the artists whom you gave a push or gentle lift to become true to themselves humans.
Relax. We will be there.
Bhekisisa Mncube
Get well soon.
It's a privilege to help in any small way - thank you for all your exquisite words over the years.
Relax. We will be there.
Christa Kuljian
Sorry I'm so delayed. Sending love. Xoxo

Activity feed

Anonymous donated R 500 via Niren Tolsi Solidarity Fund
11 Nov 2023 R 500
Robert Trunz MELT2000 donated US $ 59 via Niren Tolsi Solidarity Fund
04 Nov 2023 US $ 59
Bhekisisa Mncube donated R 800 via Niren Tolsi Solidarity Fund
07 Oct 2023 R 800
Kelsey donated R 300 via Niren Tolsi Solidarity Fund
02 Oct 2023 R 300
Anonymous donated R 1 000 via Niren Tolsi Solidarity Fund
28 Sep 2023 R 1 000