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Thabang Motsohi

Poverty, inequality to blame for mayhem in Soweto

It is generally accepted that social unrest and other forms of instability are driven by multiple factors that have, for whatever reasons, been ignored for a long time. Poverty and unemployment are real and visible everywhere you go in the black townships. In such a depressing environment, all it needs is a spark to ignite…

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Bert Olivier

Understanding ‘world politics’ today – Rancière and Žižek

What I have in mind with this title pertains mainly to the work of that inimitable philosopher Jacques Rancière who has infused political thinking with new life, given the fact that it has become moribund under the dead weight of largely irrelevant liberal political theory and the idea that all politics is governed by the…

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Kameel Premhid

ANC, La Grange and the danger of polarised debate

South Africa’s twittersphere was set ablaze last week when former president Nelson Mandela’s personal assistant, Zelda la Grange reacted to comments made by President Jacob Zuma who ascribed many of the country’s present governance problems to Jan van Riebeeck (the Dutch settler who “founded” Cape Town in 1652). The substance of her tweets does not…

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Reader Blog

If you’re racist and proud of it, try this on for size

By Lizette Louw Right, here it is, I’m issuing an acknowledgment of defeat – arguing with you on the rights or wrongs of racism has gotten us nowhere and so I am withdrawing from the discussion. Both of us have clearly remained unswayed in our opinions and are standing ever firmly in our convictions. Maybe…

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Reader Blog

Excellence in education should be part of our daily discourse

By Busani Ngcaweni All the learners who passed their grade 12 examinations in 2014 should be applauded without reservation. The scores who were unsuccessful should be encouraged by Confucius who, centuries before the birth of Christ, correctly pointed out that “our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising each time we fall”….

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Jen Thorpe

Harfield Village: The bold and the befok

I moved to Harfield Village in April last year. For a little village that basically lies between two roads (Imam Haron and Kenilworth Road) this place has a lot of issues. During the time I’ve lived here I’ve witnessed two domestic violence assaults in the street while others walked by. The first, described here, was…

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Reader Blog

Back to basics

By Nosipho Sokhela The ultimate male was the kind that telegraphed letters confessing his undying love, the kind of man that would open the door, kiss your hand before diving in for the big one. Confident enough to catch your attention yet humble enough to retain it despite his initial success. Time and again I…

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Weekend101: Boom Shaka strikes back - and so does Guptagate

From the return of the Gupta controversy, to the 1990s hit-making group, we talk headlines – including riots in Soweto.

Clampdown on Ethiopia's independent media

The Ethiopian government’s systematic repression of independent media has created a bleak landscape for free expression ahead of their May elections.

Voices of Africa

Homeless of Nairobi: Facebook project gives rough sleepers a voice

“I’ve lived two lives in this life.” “How?” “I had things, now I have nothing.” “What are you afraid of most?” “El Niño is coming.” “And what makes you laugh?” “Life.” This was a conversation with Daniel, a destitute man in Nairobi, Kenya, posted on the internet last August. That night, thanks to a stranger, …

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Inside Boko Haram’s ‘Islamic state': Hunger, killings, economic collapse

Boko Haram says it is building an Islamic state that will revive the glory days of northern Nigeria’s medieval Muslim empires, but for those in its territory life is a litany of killings, kidnappings, hunger and economic collapse. The Islamist group’s five-year-old campaign has become one of the deadliest in the world, with around 10 …

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Why do we need big numbers for African deaths to matter?

‘2000 people killed.’ ‘Actually it is 150 people.’ ‘That makes it fine then. Thank you for the correction, we can continue to ignore the Boko Haram crisis.’ This is clearly how the Nigerian government thought the conversation would go when they sought to amend the ‘error’ that had been widely published about the recent attacks in …

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Zambians vote in special presidential election

Polling opened on Tuesday in Zambia’s tightly contested vote to elect a president after a ruling party power struggle following the death of Michael Sata in office last year. The two top contenders are Defence Minister Edgar Lungu (58), representing the ruling Patriotic Front (PF), and opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema (52) of the United Party …

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