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No boel: On Wednesday (December 17 2014) the American Kennel Club announced that the Boerboel, a large mastiff-style dog from South Africa, will be recognised as a new breed in 2015.

Picture: Tom Pitera/American Kennel Club/AP

A purity of intent

In a world where we are always thinking ahead or reflecting on the past, and being in numerous virtual and real-world spaces Milisuthando Bongela considers what it means to be fully conscious and present.

Hot or Not

  • This Week

    Hot:

    Musician John Legend and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, sponsored food trucks in New York so that crowds protesting against the Michael Brown and Eric Garner killings by white ­policemen didn’t have to go hungry. They paid for the trucks on behalf of a Twitter-based activist group, Operation Help or Hush. Nice to know the gorgeous couple are good citizens, too.

    Not:

    ‘Harsh’ and ‘abhorrent’ were the toughest words CIA boss John Brennan could find to defend revelations that his agency tortured and brutalised detainees after 9/11. Declassified pages from a massive secret report exposed ­harrowing details of just how the agency operated – and how the US government knew all about it.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Chad le Clos keeps getting ­better every time he dives into a swimming pool. On Thursday night, he broke ­another world record and picked up a second gold medal at the world short-course championships in Qatar. The young swimmer is the kind of sports star who makes us look ­forward to the next Olympics. After all, he’s our golden boy.

    Not:

    We all have bad days at work, but it seems a little career limiting to complain publicly about how much the job bores us. Gauteng’s ­community safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, who earns R1.7 million a year, took to ­Facebook to bemoan the “boring” legislature this week. We’re sorry your life’s so tough, ma’am.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Only in South Africa would a puppet emerge as the champion of the ­freedom of speech and the battle against racism. Puppet Chester Missing claimed victory for these causes when he ­defeated Steve Hofmeyr and his ­representative Dan Roodt in court this week. ­
    Viva SA’s favourite puppet. Viva!

    Not:

    Spare a thought for poor Dan Roodt, whose life in post-1994 South Africa is worse than we thought. Roodt, who represented Steve Hofmeyr against Chester Missing, told 702 that Hofmeyr and other Afrikaans pop singers were the only “consolation” Afrikaners had now that ­democracy is here to stay. Someone buy the man a Beyoncé CD.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC deputy ­president and leader of the ANC’s ­political committee in ­Parliament, made an effort to rise above the petty politics of political parties to provide a solution to arrest the decline of the ­institution. Although his deal fell apart after reaching the parties’ caucuses, his efforts were a step in the right ­direction and should continue.

    Not:

    Political parties in Parliament should be ashamed of themselves for further dragging down the name and reputation of the institution. Even with attempts to mediate a solution to restore Parliament’s dignity, the hostility among MPs appears to be deep-seated. At this rate, we’re not far from open ­violence in the House.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke deserves kudos for asking uncomfortable questions and provoking discussions about how power is dispersed in our democratic dispensation. He is correct to ask if we need future presidents to have sweeping powers, and his critique of land reform, the access to justice and inequality is pertinent.

    Not:

    Unpatriotic and “prima donna” behaviour will take you nowhere. Bafana Bafana midfielder May Mahlangu this week shunned the national team’s call, citing fatigue. Mahlangu has no one else to blame but himself if he does not feature for Bafana ever again after Safa imposed an immediate ban on him from playing for the team.

Spinning into a heroin oblivion

@PaddyHarper1 15 October 2014 14:01

Tuesday morning. I’m standing on the corner of Stephen Dlamini and St Thomas roads. I’m watching one of the whoonga heads sheltering from the sun in the lee of an electricity box trying to revive his smacked-up bra. They’re both battling.

Bigotry and other dark arts

@City_Press #Trending 2 October 2014 13:45

Malibongwe Tyilo and his friends made a promise never to let potential racist, sexist or homophobic attitudes stop them from seeing the beautiful small towns dotted around SA. But a recent trip to an arts festival in Prince Albert had them gritting their teeth.

News

Quotable

The ANC is unfazed with rhetoric and rudderless organisations that are formed by angry people unfortunately in pursuit of their selfish agenda.
ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa on the Economic Freedom Fighters

Lighter Side

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