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3 Lobola reflections

@City_Press #Trending 30 July 2014 18:45

It was the ultimate example of capitalism meets culture – KFC’s regional lobola competition. If you spent R40 or more at KFC, you could stand a chance to win 11 cows or R80 000 to pay off your lobola.

Love: Buildings are decorated with “I love you” ahead of the Qixi Festival in Nanning in southern China. Qixi, also known as the double seventh festival, is the Chinese version of Valentine's Day. It takes place on Saturday (August 2 is the seventh day of the seventh month in the Chinese lunar calendar). Picture: Reuters

Picture: Reuters

Nadine Gordimer: Alive in the silence

21 July 2014 13:45

It tells us something about Nadine Gordimer that Raks Morakabe Seakhoa, the untiring champion of South African letters, used to call her “comrade Nadine”.

Tributes to Nadine Gordimer

@City_Press 20 July 2014 15:00

I last saw Nadine at her home in Parktown West, Joburg. We spent about two hours chatting on the veranda just after 2pm on July 12 last year.

Dying for dignity

@City_Press 18 July 2014 13:45

We need to develop new ways of thinking about death and what it means to be allowed to die with dignity, writes Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

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    It is common cause that when a minister’s official car breaks down, the department hires a replacement. Not for Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, who chose to drive her own private car when her state car was not in use. At a time when government is calling for cuts in excessive spending, Pandor’s action shows a minister leading by example.


    Dragged for kilometres during a hijacking and then dying. That’s the end of life for four-year-old Taegrin Morris. His death should shock us all into taking a stand against crime. The fight against crime cannot be relegated to the police alone. It will also take society’s efforts to clear our country of violent criminals.

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    Nelson Mandela, who has provided one of the very few reasons to believe in humanity this week. Even after death, the statesman has us out on Mandela Day doing our 67 minutes for the needy. In the week of atrocities like the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 and the escalating carnage in Gaza, we needed this. Thanks again, Madiba.


    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who ordered ground troops into Gaza this week after his armed forces rained bombs on the area, killing more than 260 Palestinian civilians. Among them were four cousins, aged between
    9 and 11, who were photographed running for their lives on the beach before being killed.

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    After hammering hosts Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semifinal, Germany’s national soccer squad could have chosen to gloat. Instead, the team posted a message on its official Facebook page thanking the country for its hospitality, praising its amazing football tradition and telling Brazilians not to lose heart. Good sportsmanship is worth celebrating.


    New Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has started off her term in the worst possible way. Muthambi decided to lend credibility to a dubious process to hire Mr Teflon himself, Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Muthambi did not have to be bound by an SABC board decision that has more to do with factional politics than competence.

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    After being in office for only a few weeks, Panyaza Lesufi, the ­Gauteng education MEC, has to be commended for dismissing 10 teachers who were “found in compromising positions with girl children”. For years, teachers have taken advantage of vulnerable ­schoolgirls without paying the penalty. ­Lesufi’s new broom must sweep clean and be a deterrent to others.


    The wanton violence perpetrated by National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) members on strike is purely criminal. It is not enough for Numsa leaders to say they are “unaware” of the violence. Numsa is the largest trade union in the country and the strength should be in their numbers and voluntary solidarity, not violence.

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    Africa sent five nations to the soccer World Cup in Brazil. After the first round, three of them have returned home. It is not an easy task ahead, but Nigeria and Algeria carry the hopes of the continent’s population to advance further than the second round. With a crowd as huge as ours, nothing can stand in the way. Go Nigeria, go Algeria, go!


    He has done a sterling job in ensuring his country advanced to the knockout stages, but Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez, aka Jaws, went and did it again – exposing his teeth on the pitch. As he struggled to find the net, the striker bit an opponent on the shoulder. Fifa’s nine-game ban and fine are welcome, but ­maybe he deserves more.

In a rowboat over the sea

8 July 2014 14:00

Riaan Manser and Vasti Geldenhuys spent six months rowing from Morocco to New York across the Atlantic. Hanlie Retief caught up with the two adventurers.



The older among us will remember the period … when the African intelligentsia in our universities throughout Africa made critical and cogent interventions to help define Africa’s response to her … issues.
Thabo Mbeki at the African Leaders meeting in Tanzania.

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