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Why has every single country in Africa, post-colonial rule, degenerated into a decaying, crumbling, stinking dung heap? Why is it that, in all cases, the economy and infrastructure of these countries have collapsed, crime is rife, unemployment is prevalent, bad leadership and mismanagement is common, bribery and corruption have become...
By Abednico Siambombe Religion is one of the forms by which poverty is fine tuned to enhance human suffering at the expense of the gospel preached by those who endeavour to achieve political fame and luxury. It is through such written, broadcasted and preached gospels that most people have been...
By Sacha Coquelin On my most recent visit to your country, I have seen just how different South Africa has become to the one I knew a decade ago. Voeux, mes amis. Greetings from Gordes, France. Yes, it’s me Sacha Coquelin, who also goes by the nom de plume of “le...
By Maynard Manyowa Two white males filmed themselves beating a black man, before forcing him into a coffin. The video went viral and caused an uproar all over social media. The men were eventually arrested, and hauled before the courts. Their case postponed to 25 January, 2017. It’s a perfect present...
By Dimo Mariri There used to be a time when I used to hold Andile Mngxitama in high regard. As a young university student, I used to be impressed by his consistent and insightful critique of the way in which the post-apartheid South African society is organised. Through the tools of analysis...
By David Viaene There is more depth to this than most people realize. I remember being told to cut my hair at school, even though that was not its natural state. Because I have to cut my hair, away from its natural state... did that make the governing body racist? Unpractical rules...
By Dimo Mariri My history professor once said that without apartheid, there would not have been a Nelson Mandela. Her statement was littered with a couple of suggestions. One, we need to face hard times in order to emerge as heroes and heroines. Two, apartheid was imperative, otherwise we would...
By William Saunderson-Meyer THE authoritarian Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation epitomises the type of state entity that SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has wet dreams about, writes William Saunderson-Meyer. (IOL) Bizarre as it may seem, Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu PF and President Robert Mugabe remain objects of veneration for South Africa’s black nationalists. The...
Dear Cde Gwede Mantashe In the midst of the smoke and flames of the Tshwane unrests, we all have had an opportunity to wipe our teary smoked eyes and watch a lot of our fellow community member’s praise outgoing Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa for bettering their lives and being the...
By Eddie Cross After twenty years the Government of South Africa has decided to acquire land from established commercial farmers outside the ‘willing seller, willing buyer’ principles that have applied since 1994. Once this new legislation is signed it will be possible for the State to buy land compulsorily from...
I always refuted being called Black. Once, I posted on Facebook that I do not approve to being called a black person, simply because I am not. I was asked what I mean by that, and I explained that it is simply because  when I look in the mirror...