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Lawrence Twigg

SteinPuff – how much is enough?

We woke up this morning to the news that Christo Wiese had lost 75% of his R58bn (that’s 58 000 million rand) fortune. He is now only worth a paltry R11bn. This all came about because of what appears to be some spectacular accounting principles applied by Steinhoff International, of which Wiese is a 23%…

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Bert Olivier

A challenging archaeological perspective

In the world of archaeology it seems that it takes a long time for what Thomas Kuhn called a “paradigm switch” to take place. By this phrase – as is well-known – Kuhn (1962) meant a sudden abandonment of a certain fundamental conception of a science, which has held sway for some time, in favour…

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I cannot resist the temptation to outrightly say “it was a long time coming.” As you, who reads this, will most likely have learned of the saga that grips a proud boys school of 145 years standing, I am most certain – if your political consciousness is sensitive to Afrika’s history (in this specific case…

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Bert Olivier

The urgency for ‘critical theory’ to wake up to the extinction of the ‘human’

I recently attended an exciting event: the inaugural symposium of what is set to become the South African Society of Critical Theory (SASCT) at the University of the Free State, arranged by colleagues in the philosophy department, where I work. ‘Exciting’ because its formation is long overdue in a world that is facing a bigger…

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Bert Olivier

‘Westworld': The shape of the future?

In a previous post I elaborated on an art exhibition at the Venice Biennale of 2017, which thematised the bio-technologies that are in the process of colonising the biosphere on Earth today, arguably with unpredictably deleterious consequences for humans and other living beings. The 2016/17 HBO bio-science-fiction television series, Westworld, based on a similarly-titled Michael…

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Avishkar Govender

When your Wiki page reads like a rap sheet

Being myself unaccustomed to fame and fortune, and the trappings of high profile folly, I don’t have a personal reference for this, but judging from the others it must be a shame when your Wiki page reads like a rap sheet.

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Avishkar Govender

CR17: The “Top 5″ Sickness

Dear Comrade Govender, You seem to forget the reality that:- We cannot say, “Top 8″ – because then we’re broke; We cannot say, “Top 7″ – because then we’re dead; We, as the ANC, are saying, “Top 6″ – and we are hoping that you (Victoria Island) will carry us as we pay-off the factions…

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