The first question most people ask parents-to-be is: “So is it a boy or a girl?” The gender of a newborn allows society to comfortably assess behavioural patterns of a child, down to what colours they should or should not be wearing: pink is for girls and blue is for boys.
All organisations – whether religious, political or business – do come to a shake-the-core-T-junction. The Anglican Church had its share when it had to decide whether to ordain gay bishops or not.
Our politicians lack common sense like Radovan Krejcir lacks a conscience. Apparently, now the minister of police and cover-ups, Nathi Mthethwa, wants to make photographs of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla compound illegal.
The tug-of-war – the only sport where winners move backwards while losers go forward – going on between the SA Football Association (Safa) and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) regarding the African Nations Championship can only be to the detriment of the game.
First, let me indulge in some Gupta-esque name-dropping. The first name I will drop is that of Johannesburg. I know Johannesburg very well. It is the city I live in and love dearly.
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Bafana Bafana’s win over the world champions could have counted for nothing. But this week, soccer governing body Fifa ruled that the game – in which the Spanish team tried to reduce it to nothing by making more substitutions than required – will stand as an official friendly. The nation now has every reason to celebrate beating the world champions. Hooray!Not:
President Jacob Zuma could not possibly be hot, knowing that he can cool down in a R550 000 swimming pool at his Nkandla home. According to Public Works documents, the “fire pool” doubles up as a second water reservoir for fire-fighting purposes and was funded by tax money. Pity the pool can’t put out the fire of public opinion.
Like that David versus Goliath fight in the Bible, Bafana Bafana made the country proud by beating world champions and top-ranked team Spain on Tuesday. Winning the game with a gutsy performance brought joy to many South Africans. Now, we need our boys to treat each and every game they play with the same vigour and determination.Not:
They could be the top team in the world, but Spain showed little respect for South Africa. Making seven substitutions in a single match, thereby flouting Fifa’s rules on the matter, is inexcusable. Their arrogance on Tuesday clearly shows they forget the little team when they are on top. But being on top is not a permanent spot you occupy.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has displayed that she takes her job seriously. She will not buckle under pressure from anyone. This week, she took on security-cluster ministers – who went to court to stop her from releasing a preliminary report into state spending at President Jacob Zuma’s private residence of Nkandla – and won. We need more of her ilk.Not:
Government’s responsibility is to ensure that taxpayers’ money is spent correctly to address the many challenges the country faces. In our case, the opposite is true. The Auditor-General found that R30.8 billion has either been wasted or irregularly spent. As long as our public services are open to this kind of misspending, fraud and corruption will thrive.
Registering to vote in next year’s general elections is the right thing to do. This is the chance for people to vote in or out those they want to lead them. By registering, South Africans would be making sure that the freedom fought for so hard over the many years was not in vain. So, let us all register to vote and make our mark. That way, your voice is heard.Not:
Education should encourage critical thinking and creativity. Spokesperson forthe department of basic education Panyaza Lesufi showed he does not encourage either by saying “derogatory art” won’t be tolerated in government schools like Westville Boys’ High. What Mr Lesufi called derogatory art, some might consider a legitimate attempt at satire. So much for opening up minds.
Idris Elba flew into Joburg this week for the world premiere of the film version of former president Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, in which he stars as Madiba himself. Before tonight’s premiere in Rosebank, Elba hit the DJ decks last night at Soweto’s Chaf Pozi. We’re sure you’ll agree that he’s smokin’. You’re welcome!Not:
Many South Africans’ lives, including then president Nelson Mandela, were at risk from the Boeremag. Ester du Toit, whose husband got a 30-year jail term this week, said: “It’s shocking to think that they could send someone to jail for something that was only just a storm in a teacup.” The lives lost and threats to our democracy mean nothing to her.
Saturday night. Deadline’s come and gone. Long bloody last. It’s been a pig of a week. A stankmonster. Too many 5am crawls out of bed. Too many evenings waist-deep in court documents. Too many dodgy punters. Scumbags.
Every week since July, the department of basic education has been handing over a school to communities in Eastern Cape.
When there is a problem in the family, you don’t go to the streets and talk. You sit in the house and solve the problem.
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