Browsing All Posts published on »August, 2016«

A journalistic travesty by Independent Media

August 25, 2016


A proclaimed expose about a “dirty tricks campaign” against Independent News Media South Africa and its putative owner, Iqbal Survé, published this week, was a journalistic travesty. It amounted to sloppy and racist propaganda.

Marikana, mining and idustrial peace

August 21, 2016


The circumstances surrounding the deaths at Marikana four years ago should provide a bloody and tragic lesson about the reality of South Africa’s mineral wealth. Marikana should become a reminder of a brutal industrial history and a symbol for the struggle to improve the lives of workers, everywhere.

Women’s Day and celebrations of patronage

August 12, 2016


In South Africa we should stop dressing up celebrations of patronage — and worse — as examples of gender equality. This fact was highlighted in a dramatic way by a demonstration at the announcement of the recent local government election results.

Quotas do not equality make

August 7, 2016


Despite a clear South African Constitutional Court decision last month on quotas and equal rights, much election propaganda on the topic, leading up to the August 3 poll, was characterised by misinformation, distortions and downright lies.

The use and abuse of the Mandela name

August 1, 2016


July — Mandela month — is over. Around the country and in many parts of the world, many people, with the best intentions, devoted their 67 minutes for Mandela in order to improve the lot of humanity at large. It was another demonstration of how potent is the symbol of Mandela. During his life, to […]

More turbulence seems to lie ahead for SA

August 1, 2016


Wednesday, August 3 will be the climax of probably the most fractious and bitter political campaigning, certainly at a local level, that South Africa has seen since 1994. And, whatever the outcome, it will have repercussions throughout society.