Ours always to reason why

June 4, 2020

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For many desperately poor people in South Africa there has been a stark choice: defy government regulations and risk becoming infected by Covid-19 or remain in lockdown and die of starvation.

Ushering in a US summer of discontent

June 4, 2020

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By Palesa Morudu (first published in Business Day) WASHINGTON DC. The May 25 killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police marks a turning point in US politics. On Monday evening at the White House, President Donald Trump escalated the US’s political crisis. As the cops launched stun grenades and teargas at peaceful protesters across the […]

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Paternalism, dagga & the ANC in exile

May 30, 2020

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The accusation of paternalism levelled recently at the government by Nelson Mandela Foundation chief executive Sello Hatang highlighted an historic reality. Because paternalism, coupled with what is best described as a Victorian attitude to parenting, has long been part of the political DNA of the ANC. Perhaps it stems from the authoritarian mission school schooling […]

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More funding for death than for health

May 30, 2020

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We truly live in a mad, mad, mad world. Although, unlike the 1963 film of that name, our circumstances are no comedy. But, as in the film, on the centre-stage of the world today are money and a frantic search involving many people. The search, of course, is for a vaccine to immunise humanity against […]

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Covid-19 is not the real enemy

May 27, 2020

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Viruses kill, but so does poverty. And while we have to live with viruses because they are an inherent part of our environment, we do not have to live with poverty. And poverty each year kills more people — especially children — than any virus. It is also the working class, particularly the low paid, […]

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Political opportunism & Covid-19

May 19, 2020

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The arrival of Covid-19 opened the door to rightwing political parties and has given some politicians the opportunity to exercise authoritarian tendencies. That is the view of leading Swedish epidemiologist Professor Johan Gieseck. In an interview last week he said the existence of the latest Corona virus had enabled politicians to “show decisiveness and strength”, […]

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Education, Covid-19 & the New Zealand experience

May 12, 2020

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The lockdown has highlighted again the parlous state of South Africa’s schooling system, but it has also resulted in complaints by parents trying desperately to cope with educating their children at home in often extremely difficult conditions. New Zealand’s Correspondence School (now Te Kura — The School in the Maori language) may have some very […]

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