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Not all struggles are equal

26 November 2014 6:00

The stalwarts of the fight against apartheid have become immortalised, while the everyday heroes have been forgotten.

Slow going: A passenger waits in Montgomery Regional Airport, on Wednesday, (November 26 2014) in Alabama. A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the northeast United States on Wednesday as millions of Americans made the big Thanksgiving holiday getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous on what is typically one of the country’s busiest travel days of the year.

Picture: Brynn Anderson/AP

Oscar’s dance with destiny

23 November 2014 15:00

When a teenage Oscar Pistorius broke his prostheses, instead of going to his usual doctor, his grandmother Gerti found a number in Pretoria and dialled it. Pistorius’ biographer John Carlin details the event that changed Oscar’s life

Double dispossession for rural poor

17 November 2014 6:00

Dispossession is again sweeping KwaZulu-Natal. The dispossessor this time is not a colonial or apartheid government; it is the Ingonyama Trust board, acting in the name of King Goodwill Zwelithini.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Barcelona star Lionel Messi is really something special. This week, he equalled Raúl González’s Champions’ League goal tally of 71 and did this after just 90 games in the competition. His rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, is not far off the mark with 70 goals after 111 games. Both will clearly beat the record, but Messi is likely to do this in fewer games than Ronaldo.

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    Igor Gamula seems determined to entrench racism in sport. The coach of FC Rostov, the Russian Premier League outfit, said this week his club was not going to sign any more black players
    because they had “enough dark-skinned players, we’ve got six of the things” and that they would spread Ebola. What a pillock!

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    Lindiwe Zulu. In three months, the new small business minister has been a bundle of energy, even though she does not have a budget. This week, Zulu told Parliament her department had ensured R400 million was paid to small and medium businesses by defaulting government departments.

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    Siphelo Makeleni and Siphakamise Ngxowa of Cosas are surely the two most stupid students in the ­country. This week, they vowed to continue with the vile campaign to place pigs heads at Woolworths stores as part of a solidarity ­campaign with Palestinians. Oink!

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    Not all of us can deliver bad news in a way that makes it sound positive, or proactive and certain. Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene did it this week. He said we were going to pay more tax and told his colleagues in government their belts would be tightened. And no one seemed that angry. This was probably because his speech was not hot potatoes; it was just plain hot.

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    “Doesn’t it just blow your mind,” CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour asked a guest, “to see a township black judge handing down a sentence?” What is a “township black judge”, Ms Amanpour, and why would Judge Thokozile Masipa’s calm, capable handling of the Oscar Pistorius trial blow anyone’s mind? She’s just doing her job.

Behind the Icon – Anant Singh: Mr Storyteller

@City_Press #Trending 9 November 2014 15:00

This week, 21 Icons South Africa shines the spotlight on the 15th icon of its second season: Anant Singh, South Africa’s pre-eminent film producer, visionary and pioneer.

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It certainly is a sweet victory considering all the resources and time that both the NFP and the ANC invested.
IFP national chair Blessed Gwala on winning a ward previously held by the National Freedom Party

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