On being #CharlieHebdo

7th January 2015 / 0 comments

A day of infamy for an important magazine, which has managed to deeply and resoundingly offend almost everyone since its founding in 1970. Importantly, these cartoonists did not seem to seek martyrdom, but now that they are martyrs, their cause should be rendered worthwhile by how we all process and reflect on its meaning. There…

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The Fake Interpreter: attempted rape, murder, kidnapping, fraud

13th December 2014 / 0 comments

Read in full at TheSouthAfrican.com: “The fake interpreter who admitted to having hallucinations and visions of angels as his meaningless gestures robbed millions of the opportunity to share in Madiba’s memorial has a history of criminal accusations. An eNCA exclusive has revealed that Thamsanqa Jantjies has been convicted of theft and has been accused of…

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HIV/Aids antidote hopes recede as first ‘cured’ patients relapse

2nd January 2014 / 0 comments

Read in full at TheSouthAfrican.com: “A major discovery in HIV is good news for South Africa, where about 1 in 10 are HIV-positive. Patients previously believed ‘cured’ of HIV have experienced a viral rebound, marking an important new question: if HIV can remain in the body while undetectable in the blood, where might the ‘deep…

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HIV/Aids antidote hopes recede as first ‘cured’ patients relapse

2nd January 2014 / 0 comments

Read in full at TheSouthAfrican.com: “A major discovery in HIV is good news for South Africa, where about 1 in 10 are HIV-positive. Patients previously believed ‘cured’ of HIV have experienced a viral rebound, marking an important new question: if HIV can remain in the body while undetectable in the blood, where might the ‘deep…

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The fake interpreter: cringe, the beloved country

13th December 2013 / 0 comments

Read in full at TheSouthAfrican.com: “An entire planet watched yesterday as a man stood next to Barack Obama and Jacob Zuma and signed. It was, in our day and age, absolutely expected that deaf interpreters would be on hand to make an event such as this accessible to the millions of deaf and hard-of-hearing people…

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For whom the bell e-tolls: rage, calm and defiance on day one

3rd December 2013 / 0 comments

Read in full at TheSouthAfrican.com: “While motorists complain of ‘the gantry who stole Christmas’, the rage against the e-tolling machine goes much deeper than cost and inconvenience. Will motorists, churches, labour and opposition parties manage to catalyse themselves into sustained resistance, or are e-tolls really a fait accompli?”  

Looming green light for fracking rouses billionaire opposition

6th November 2013 / 0 comments

  Read in full at TheSouthAfrican.com: “The anti-fracking cause, which has long united a broad swathe of Karoo residents, has a powerful new backer – Johann Rupert, one of the country’s richest men. But can the movement win out against the patience and deep pockets of the oil companies, a government desperate for results and…

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White South Africans have prospered since 1994 – SAIRR

10th October 2013 / 0 comments

Read in full at TheSouthAfrican.com: “Poverty is down, incomes are up, and white South African unemployment is lower than that in the UK – yet Red October, and a number of readers, contend that whites, particularly farmers, are being economically excluded from opportunities to thrive in a democratic South Africa.”

Fixing higher education key to progress: SA moots a four-year Bachelor’s

3rd October 2013 / 0 comments

Read in full at TheSouthAfrican.com: “Leading universities have clubbed together together to write the roadmap for higher education in South Africa’s immediate future. The key proposal: deal with the achievement level of South Africa’s matrics by lengthening undergraduate degrees by a third.”

The Olympics banned racist South Africa, why not homophobic Russia?

27th September 2013 / 0 comments

Read in full at TheSouthAfrican.com: “Stephen Fry has called for a boycott of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games because of Russia’s treatment of its gay and lesbian citizens. His call, published in an open letter last month to David Cameron and Lord Coe, who organised the London games, compared Russian president Vladimir Putin’s treatment of…

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