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Juju Mao and an attack of acid reflux
Juju Mao and an attack of acid reflux
Shelley Garland was having lunch with … well, no, let’s not mention any names. Let’s not, in fact, have any names — except perhaps...
Citizen power will save us
Citizen power will save us
It’s worth taking stock of the latest episodes in the Gupta email leaks. They reveal the extent of the cancer that has ravaged our democracy. The...
Bigotry will cost you, Ronnie
Bigotry will cost you, Ronnie
A man called Ronnie saw fit this week to tell us what he thinks of black girls who do not want to have their hair policed at schools that regard...
In praise of the sexless unicorn
In praise of the sexless unicorn
Women’s Month is a great time for us men to reconsider how we conduct ourselves. For dick-swinging Neanderthals to take up less space on trains...
Please can we create as much as we consume
Please can we create as much as we consume
As a creative person, I sometimes catch feelings about the fact that, in my current job, I’m not really in a position to create my own work as much...
Red flags of authoritarian creep
Red flags of authoritarian creep
I got a call from a journalist who works for Al Jazeera. He wanted to get my opinion on perceptions that media freedom had been encroached upon...
Listen to the echoing pings of dark matter
Listen to the echoing pings of dark matter
As the ministry of silly hats disintegrates gently, scattering a fine dust of ash as it goes, a few of us remain to man (sorry, person) the...
Hamba kahle comrade Emma Mashinini!
Hamba kahle comrade Emma Mashinini!
Mama Emma Mashinini was a role model for workers today and into the future. She set the best possible example of how to inspire, mobilize and...
Honest confrontation is needed
Honest confrontation is needed
We need to have an awkward conversation about ourselves. What is it about our country that makes it a perfect place for Bell Pottinger’s...
Bell Potty and the PR of childhood
Bell Potty and the PR of childhood
Three months ago, Bell Pottinger announced that it had decided to cease work for parents. We had worked for parents for just over two millennia,...
No-confidence vote: Baleka Mbete will have to put ethics before her allegiance
No-confidence vote: Baleka Mbete will have to put ethics before her allegiance
On August 8, the National Assembly will finally debate the latest motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. But before this date the...
When the PP hits the crapper
When the PP hits the crapper
Sometimes news filters very slowly up to our northern provinces from the south – well, I suppose it has to cross the Drakensberg. Hence we who...
The ANC is tired. It’s also tiring
The ANC is tired. It’s also tiring
Obviously now that the ANC’s national policy conference has come and gone, your intellectual life has been enriched more generously than the...
Dear ANC, don’t descend into mediocrity
Dear ANC, don’t descend into mediocrity
As a Zimbabwean living in South Africa, the similarities between the ANC and Zanu-PF are unmistakable. The two parties may have taken divergent...

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