January 29, 2014

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Ramphele’s ego lands on the DA by Gareth van Onselen, 29 January 2014

SOUTH Africa has had its fair share of egomaniacs post 1994 but it was Marthinus “Kortbroek” van Schalkwyk who set the bar for self-interest so high in the early 2000s. That record has now been shattered. We have a new champion. In Mamphela Ramphele we have someone willing not just to fashion an entire political […]

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January 29, 2014

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Press Statement of the Nine COSATU Affiliates Calling for the Reinstatement of Comrade Zwelinzima Vavi and for a Special National Delegate Congress as a Matter of Urgency!

Wednesday 29 January 2014 This Press Conference has been called to explain why the Nine COSATU Affiliated Unions, have taken the unprecedented step of coming together in an attempt to rescue and regenerate COSATU. Our main and overriding purpose is to work openly towards freeing COSATU from its current state of organisational and political paralysis, […]

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January 21, 2014

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Bearing witness to Apartheid’s birth by Tymon Smith, 19 January 2014

An exhibition of photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White’s work reveals her commitment to exposing injustice and bringing it to the world’s attention, writes Tymon Smith. Click here to read the full article: Margaret Bourke-White review

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January 17, 2014

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Social Relationships to the Means and Ends of Protest in South Africa’s Ongoing Rebellion of the Poor: The Balfour Insurrections by Peter Alexander & Peter Pfaffe

South African Research Chair in Social Change, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park, South Africa ABSTRACT Since 2004, South Africa has experienced thousands of local protests, many of them popular insurrections, which, taken together, represent a rebellion of the poor. Lack of service delivery has been the main issue, but protesting communities have also demanded the […]

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January 17, 2014

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Marikana, turning point in South African history by Peter Alexander

University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa Equating a ‘turning point’ with what William Sewell terms an ‘event’, it is argued that Marikana is a turning point in South African history. The massacre was a rupture that led to a sequence of further occurrences, notably a massive wave of strikes, which are changing structures that shape […]

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January 15, 2014

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Throwing faeces is immoral and un-African

By Nokuzola Mndende 9 June 2013 10:00 The teaching in African culture is based on respect for life as that is God’s creative work. Young people are taught that individualism is despised and that the communal way of life is central. The communal way teaches that no person in this world is an island . . . that […]

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January 15, 2014

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A TRIBUTE TO ENOCH SONTONGA: “NKOSI SIKELEL’ I-AFRIKA”

By Vuyo Yekani The 18th of April 2013 marked the 108th anniversary of Enoch Sontonga’s untimely departure from earth. Little is known about him, while his contribution to the South African nation and the broader continent is beyond measure. This piece serves as a tribute to Enoch Sontonga. Homage is paid to him in various […]

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January 15, 2014

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Can member states develop a meaningful trade agenda?

By Peter Draper, April 02 2013 DON’T talk to me about giblets,” International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane reportedly said during last week’s Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) business summit. This remark reveals several things about the nature of the Brics forum, and co-operation on trade matters in particular. The fact […]

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January 15, 2014

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There shall be a Human Rights Day for all

By Palesa Morudu , 26 March 2013   CAPE Town has been my home for nine years. A few weeks ago, when I took the dog to the vet, the stand-in doctor kept asking where I was from. Cape Town, I said. “But you weren’t born here,” she said. I concurred, saying that I was […]

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