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Psychological Society of South Africa

Negotiating my identity as an introvert in an extroverted society

By Magnolia Bahle Ngcobo-Sithole When someone asks me “Who are you?” I often respond by giving my name and surname. If we keep the conversation going long enough I start talking about the work that I do. I may also mention some of my hobbies. The conversation stays superficial and safe. I never talk about…

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Bert Olivier

The illusions of Facebook

At the recent South African Communication Association conference at the Afda campus in Cape Town I was astonished at the level of naïveté about the use of Facebook on the part of academics and students alike. On the one hand there were those who regard it as a mere tool for communicating with friends and…

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Athambile Masola

It is too soon to forget about apartheid

I recently watched the movie Woman in Gold. It is based on a true story about Maria Altmann’s journey in getting the Austrian government to return to her a Klimt painting that was stolen from her family during the Nazi occupation of Austria during World War II. This women’s journey towards justice is a long…

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Songezo Mabece

How to transform the Boks…

The first time I heard of the Springboks was in 1993. My earliest recollection of this national brand was the lost (0-1) home series against the French. The only thing I recall from this was the heavy scar on the face of the Les Blues’ captain, Jean-Francois Tordo, giving the thumbs up as he left…

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Nuclear, single or same-sex family structure does not matter, healthy parenting does

By Nick Malherbe This week Australia’s Victorian government introduced legislation granting same-sex couples equal adoption rights. The passing of this legislation has been duly celebrated across the world. In addition to this, the US Supreme Court’s legislation of same-sex marriage in June this year was lauded as a triumph of equality, and also saw an…

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Psychological Society of South Africa

Are we programmed for prejudice?

By Melanie Judge In offering a response to the question, “are we programmed for prejudice” I wish to make the case for why thinking about prejudice is incomplete without thinking about it alongside power. I will address this in two ways: Firstly, by problematizing dominant representations of the victims and perpetrators of prejudice, and how…

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Sarah Britten

The Exercise

“Let’s do an exercise,” my husband says. It is something he last did 20 years ago, at Harvard; this is the piece he wrote about it at the time. Dinner is over. Our friend Musa, the scientist, says that he thinks he has heard of this exercise. Tonight, the conversation has ranged from Neal Stephenson’s…

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Beemers, beer, Bokke and bombs

It’s on your bike for the Sandton-ites but not yet for the battling bokke who have thankfully kept our minds off of everything else.

Do the Young Lions dance to the tune of the premier league?

ANCYL secretary Njabulo Nzuza who says the league is not attached to the strings of supposed puppet masters, the premier league

Voices of Africa

Goodbye, and thanks for reading

  Due to restructuring at the Mail & Guardian, Voices of Africa will no longer be active from September 18. We will not be updating this blog anymore, but all our content will remain on it. Over the past few years, Voices bloggers have covered a wide range of issues: race, religion, culture, women’s rights, language, education, relationships, governance, technology and activism. We’ve shared …

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Eyes on elephants as Google Street View launches in Kenyan reserve

For once, Google was unlikely to face privacy complaints as the US Internet giant on Tuesday launched its Street View service in Kenya’s Samburu park, in a move conservationists said could help protect endangered elephants. Special cameras have taken panoramic images of the reserve while driving down dusty tracks – and have also been fixed …

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Zimbabwe: Where is Itai Dzamara?

September 9 marked six months since the abduction of prominent Zimbabwean activist Itai Dzamara, a prominent critic of Robert Mugabe’s government. On 9 March 2015, he was forced into an unmarked vehicle and has not been heard from since. His wife, Sheffra Dzamara, spoke to Amnesty. This is her story.  Itai has been my husband for …

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‘No need to panic’, South Africans told after US terror warning

South Africans should not panic over a US warning of a terror threat in the country as no imminent danger had been uncovered, state security services said on Wednesday. The US Embassy in Pretoria on Tuesday advised its citizens to be on heightened alert against attack, saying extremists may target American interests in the country. …

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