The Chinese government sees him as a separatist, says the Dalai Lama, during his week-long visit to Johannesburg. "That is anti-people, anti-government, anti-Communist Party. So, therefore, I am a criminal." And then he laughs. It is a laugh filled with irony and lightness. Calling him a "political exile engaging in activities to split China" is not unlike saying the same thing about Nelson Mandela pre-1990. He speaks to the <i>M&G</i> about peace, freedom and the global good.
The success of Apple's iTunes Music Store, where music fans pay to listen to their favourite tunes, has cheered Big Music, the five major labels that backed it in a trial run in the United States by making 200 000 songs available.
The digital age has had many advantages, not least of which is the increased communication made possible by e-mails and the Internet. However, one of the greatest strides has been making digital images an integral part of our lives.
Colour screens will be the big differentiator in the new generation of cellphones. For now they are a pleasant feature, but in the future they will enable you to use their high-resolution screens for videoconferencing. This facility is a few years away, while the cellular networks implement the necessary data speed upgrades.
The late African National Congress stalwart, Oliver Tambo, once said: ''The nation that does not look after its youth has no future.'' At the funeral of the late Peter Mokaba, ANC Youth League president Malusi Gigaba called for the youth of this country to boycott the Mail & Guardian for allegedly having written unfavourably about Mokaba (''Two faces of Mokaba'', June 14). Unfortunately, Gigaba did not say whether the story was true or false.