I missed the Commander-in-Chief’s big TV gig on Sunday. That’s not something I’d normally do. Even on Sundays. Politics is like that. It takes over your life. Especially in an election year.
What Women Want: A charming discourse eloquently interrogated by the Spice Girls way back in 1996.
Nothing makes women feel quite as ugly as fashion.
There was the usual talk about Jaguars, culture, arts and GREAT Britain, and Scottish bag pipes welcomed the guests, but British High Commissioner Judith Macgregor’s French manoeuvre was the highlight of the evening.
I’ve never been one for days. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Braai Day, none of them really appeal to me. I have enough reasons to spend money without being told to do so by advertising companies and retail stores.
My first attempt at playing the game the morning just after my arrival in Addis Ababa proved way too easy.
There was an ominous dark thing clinging to his right incisor that was impossible to ignore. He was divulging his age, his hobbies, and details about his job. It was not riveting, but for “the thing”. What could it be?
Hot or Not
Brazilian soccer ace Neymar showed that stardom has not gone to his head. When guards were removing Ayo Dosunmu (7), who had run on to the field after the final whistle at FNB Stadium on Wednesday, Neymar told the guards to let the boy approach them. Ayo was hoisted into the air by the Brazilian team and even took pictures with the star.Not:
The world doesn’t need to go back to the old days when every reason was used to colonise other countries. This week, President Vladimir Putin’s Russia claimed it was protecting ethnic Russians in Crimea by taking over the Ukrainian peninsula. Such excuses could have worked back in the day, but they cannot be allowed in the 21st century.
Judge Dunstan Mlambo’s ruling to allow the partial broadcast of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ trial is welcomed. In past court appearances, space has been an issue due to public interest. As Mlambo said, the ruling will “ensure a greater number of people in the community who are unable to attend the proceedings are able to follow wherever they may be”.Not:
No superstar is bigger than the audience. The antics of US rapper Eminem (he did not want to be photographed by the media while on stage), who performed in the country this week, is disturbing. Blame should also be apportioned to the concert organisers who allow megastars to undermine the freedom of the media to do their jobs.
The time has come for the government to seriously consider legalising dagga for medicinal purposes. This week, terminally ill IFP MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini tabled a Medical Innovation Bill in an attempt to legalise the use of cannabinoids for medical purposes. He and many others should not have to resort to the illegal use of dagga to manage pain.Not:
It may be that the North-West University students who imitated the Sieg Heil salute as a hostel “tradition” did not fully realise the meaning of the Nazi symbol they were mimicking, but the university leaders cannot plead ignorance. Viewing the act in context doesn’t make it less objectionable. It’s unjustifiable. Full stop.
Kudos to the National Prosecuting Authority for its tough stance on rape and child abuse masquerading as culture and tradition. Mvumeleni Jezile (32) was sentenced to 22 years in jail by the Wynberg Regional Court on Thursday for human trafficking, rape and assault after he abducted a 14-year-old girl in 2010, married her and repeatedly raped her.Not:
As the elections near, people on the left, right and centre are calling for “political tolerance”. But what we practise and what we preach are two different things, as evidenced at Wednesday’s DA march when people in ANC
T-shirts brandished bricks with the letters ‘DA’ scrawled on them. So much for political tolerance.
Giving out of love was one of Nelson Mandela’s many attributes. There was further evidence of that this week when his will was read out to his family and the world. He not only gave to his family, but to his support staff. He also awarded bursaries to children in less fortunate schools. This is the power of giving with love that we should all embrace.Not:
Acting SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng said graduates were a drain on colleagues who were skilled but did not have degrees. This explains why capable and educated leaders are leaving the broadcaster, while Motsoeneng, who doesn’t have matric, remains in his position. You wonder who drives them out.
Monday morning. The Gunners are still top of the log. I’m in showroom condition. I’ve had a calm weekend.
South Africa’s first police academy was launched in Paarl on Thursday afternoon.
Saturday morning. I’m sweating like a white journalist minutes before the DA’s candidate list is about to be announced.
I regarded the seat with suspicion. It was covered in shades of grey and blue, arranged in a trite pattern not entirely unreminiscent of carpeting in Sol Kerzner’s former-homeland hotels.
South Africa has a sizable government, business, civil society and media delegation at the World Economic Forum in Davos. City Press editor Ferial Haffajee distilled the country’s key selling points – and added a few things you won’t read.
Sunday morning. It’s early. I’m on the couch reading the papers. I’m more sober than most judges.
It is something I have suspected for a while, but it only really sank in when a fellow ultrarunning friend drew my attention to this blog on the New York Times website.
I am very hurt. I also feel pain about this, but I do not know anything about it.
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