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1913 land act: Change is written into the Constitution by Sipho M Pityana (Mail & Guardian), 14 June 2013

18 June 2014

The centenary of the Land Act of 1913 is an opportunity to reflect on its role in constructing a society based on inequality and dispossession.

This occasion arises 17 years after the enactment of the South African Constitution, the guiding law in our approach to land policies and redistribution.

Opinion: Threat to traditional works by Owen Dean (Cape Times), 20 August 2013

27 August 2013

In 2004, the cabinet approved the adoption of a policy on indigenous knowledge systems, known as the IKS Policy. Pursuant to this, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) formulated a policy document on the protection and commercialisation of indigenous knowledge. This policy sought to recognise and protect indigenous knowledge as a form of intellectual property and to enable and promote the commercial exploitation of such material for the benefit of the indigenous communities from which the material originated.

What is still wrong with the Protection of State Information Bill? by Verne Harris

28 August 2013

The Protection of State Information Bill’s (POSIB) long passage through Parliament saw it emerge finally in April 2013. It then went to the President’s office for signing into law, where months later it remains in limbo. This is not surprising, given the Bill’s many flaws and its vulnerability to a constitutionality challenge. 

In our view, four of its flaws are fundamental:

  • It sets up an access to state information regime parallel to that envisaged in the Constitution and given force by the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA)

Campaign to Boycott the Oral History Conference at Hebrew University of Jerusalem (AlternativeNews), 12 August 2013

5 September 2013

Dear Colleagues:

We are a group of Palestinian, Israeli, and other oral historians and academics from Europe, South Africa, and North America calling on you to boycott the June 2014 ‘International Conference on Oral History’ organised by the Oral History Division of the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. While all Israeli universities are deeply complicit in the occupation, settler-colonialism, and apartheid, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is particularly noteworthy, as we explain below. 

Yesterday’s Poems and the Poets of Yesterday’s South Africa and towards New Poems and Poets for the Unfinished and Continuing Struggle for a New South Africa by Saleem Badat, 29 May 2004

5 September 2013

Keynote Address to the IMBIZO ON

Peninsula Technikon

Chairperson, colleagues and comrades

How Zimbabwe assisted apartheid South Africa:Gukurahundi (TheIndependent), 5 September 2013

6 September 2013

IN the aftermath of Zanu PF founder and former minister Enos Nkala’s death, debate has been raging about his role in Zimbabwe’s political history, particularly the liberation struggle, as well as his contribution to nation-building, and also repression in the mid-south-western regions immediately after Independence in 1980.

‘Ordinary People will drive our change’ by Imraan Buccus

10 September 2013

IN THE week when Pretoria University philosophy lecturer Louise Mabille had to resign her post after expressing racist views it was easy to feel depressed about the academic world. But at the same time, as news of Mabille’s disgusting racism was breaking, I had been through one of the most important books I’ve read in years – Gillian Hart’s Rethinking the South African Crisis.

Extracts from ‘The New Radicals, A Generational Memoir of the 1970s’ by Glenn Moss

13 May 2014

Extracts from ‘The New Radicals, A Generational Memoir of the 1970s’ by Glenn Moss

The imposing figure sitting at the fire had a laugh that came from deep within his chest. He had consumed as much cheap red wine as the rest of us, maybe more. Chortling, he moved over, put his arms around my waist and lifted me up. ‘This one,’ roared Steve Biko, ‘this one understands.’

Africa Day 2014: African unity? by Takura Zhangazha, 23vMay 2014

2 June 2014


On Africa Day (25th May) we celebrate the hard-fought achievement of our freedom from European colonial powers, as well as African Unity. How important is our history to our unity? And what does being united entail? Some thoughts.

'The People Of Africa Are Crying For Unity' - Kwame Nkrumah. African Liberation Day was founded in 1958 when Kwame Nkrumah convened the First Conference of Independent States. He gave one of the greatest speeches of his life on 24th May 1963 when 32 independent African countries met in Addis Ababa to find ways to unite the continent.