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The need to reimagine schooling

September 19, 2018

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To equate the power and violence of colonialism with the existing school system — both at the state and elite private level — was bound to raise hackles, however correct the analogy may be. And it is correct since both systems aim to bring about conformity to the existing political and economic order.

Hope amid the gathering fog of populism

August 13, 2018

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gathering fog of poisonous populism that already threatens everyone. However, there are some straws of hope to cling to in an increasingly turbulent political sea.

Nelson Mandela’s views in 1993

July 18, 2018

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In the first internationally published commentary, written for, and approved by, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandea in January 1993, he outlined his views about current events and the future. These seem pertinent today, on the centenary of his birth, when his legacy is being debated and various groups and individuals attempt to lay claim to it.

Prediction, the EFF & fascism

June 6, 2018

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In the light of a series of actions and the very recent controversy regarding statements made by the Economic Freedom Fighters, along with earlier EFF statements in similar vein, is it accurately to assume that a home grown fascism is emerging? The red trappings of socialism, at root internationalist and extremely democratic, have been assumed by what seems increasingly to be an ethnic nationalist movement that is headed by a Commander-in-Chief. And authoritarian nationalism, with a dash of socialist rhetoric is, in essence, fascist.

The reality of white privilege in SA

May 13, 2018

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There were hostile reactions from several quarters in South Africa following Democratic Party leader Mmusi Maimane's statement that white privilege still persists. But the statement was logical and an honest reflection of reality. The reactions tended to reveal a worrying level of blinkered arrogance.

Wages & the need for financial disclosure

May 13, 2018

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It is not in the interests of either employers or employees to have profitable enterprises collapse. Which is why exemption clauses exist in cases of legislated minimum wages. But for such a system to operate honestly, requires full financial disclosure by employers.

Sagarmatha & Survé: yet more questions

April 20, 2018

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Controversial media tycoon Iqbal Survé's investment management company, 3 Laws Capital, stood to gain more than R50 million had the now postponed Sagarmatha Technologies listing — in which he is the major player — gone ahead. While there are questions about the listing, more questions have been raised about Survé. His profile on the 3 Laws website makes claims about Independent News Media head that, like several other claims in the recent past, are unsubstantiated.