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Why so many SA rugby fans support the NZ All Blacks

October 10, 2017

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There is a long an sometimes bitter history behind the fact that so many South African rugby fans — especially in the Eastern and Western Cape — support New Zealand's All Blacks against South Africa's Springbok team. And that support seems likely to ontinue.

Behind South Africa’s racist frenzy

January 13, 2016

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A bitterly fought election campaign is already underway in South Africa, even before the announced date of the 2016 local government poll. And racism, land and traditional law have become the major areas of contention.

A tangled web of race classification

October 30, 2011

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South Africa’s 2011 census, bar the tallying, the number crunching and a few follow-ups, is over. And there were remarkably few difficulties encountered although, being South Africa, the question of race was once again raised — and it highlighted some peculiarly South African problems.

Playing the race card as polls loom

March 18, 2011

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(First published 11 March, 2011) Whenever an election looms, the rumour mills tend to grind away, often fuelled by ill-considered comments by politicians.  It’s the same the world over, compounded by media manipulation, distortions of fact and outright falsification being all too often the order of the days leading up to polling time. But there […]

Tutu, Zionism and the Holocaust

January 12, 2011

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THE petition by assorted Zionists to have Archbishop Tutu, Judge Richard Goldstone and Professor Kader Asmal removed as patrons of the Holocaust Centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town should be welcomed.  Because it provides an object lesson to us all, being the clearest indication of the abuse, both of Judaism and the Holocaust, by more […]

Farewell to an anti-apartheid battler

December 17, 2010

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Tom Newnham, the man who probably did more than any other single individual in New Zealand to break rugby and other sporting ties with apartheid South Africa, died in Auckland this week, aged 84. And educator, editor, publisher, author and activist, he was the driving force behind the Citizens’ Association for Racial Equality (CARE) that, […]

Lessons to be learned from Cosatu’s 25 years

November 30, 2010

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The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) turns 25 in December. But the birthday celebrations around the country will be dampened by heightened tension and some mildly acrimonious outbursts resulting from the content of the government’s New Growth Path (NGP) for the economy and the manner in which it was announced. Like the 1996 […]