South Africa is obsessed with agreeing. Perhaps it is an outcome of a political resolve based on sufficient consensus.
If ever we were in doubt, we should not be any more. The art of doublespeak has become official state policy.
A troubling thought assailed me at the beginning of this week.
A story is told about how Robert May, then Britain’s topmost scientist, chief scientific adviser to the British government and president of the Royal Society, responded to an obscure creationist asking for a debate with him.
Ask the average South African why the names Monty Motloung or George “Lucky” Mahlangu should matter to them, and you are likely to be met with blank stares.
And so the young man with the most ironic of names died on April Fool’s Day. What we know of Happy Sindane’s life was anything but joyful.
As fate would have it, the public outcry over the deaths of 13 South African soldiers who died in the Central African Republic has coincided with a week in which much of the world commemorates the most famous dying for a cause ever recorded.
After returning from about three decades of exile, celebrated jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela released the song Khawuleza, the lyrics of which included: “Fihlani amagogogo otshwala, nanka amaphoyisa ayongen’ endlini…”
The passing of the bill to legalise e-tolling and the recent drama of revolving mayors in the Tlokwe Local Municipality, North West, have turned voters into spectators as decisions affecting their everyday lives are made.
After many years of bemoaning what he alleges to be collusion between bargaining councils, big business and big trade unions to exclude small business and the unemployed, businessperson and chair of the Free Market Foundation, Herman Mashaba.
Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin once famously asked: “How many divisions does the pope have?”
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