Avishkar Govender

Mugabe the Tory?

A cursory squizz through YouTube will tell you a lot about Mugabe, a man who is recorded all over the internet as having something to do with Zimbabwe. He is variously referred to as one of the liberators of Africa — having served the liberation movements of Africa since his youth and as the tyrant…

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Dear Jules …

His Excellency, the President Messier JS Malema, Esq. c/o ANC Youth League Luthuli House, Sauer Street Johannesburg, South Africa Dear Jules As you know I attempted, of my own volition, to save your political career at the end of August 2009, with the publication of a electronic booklet, called the Prosperity of Our Potential. Written…

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An interview with my grandfather

Soobrie Pillay, the 90-year-old stalwart of the Congress Movement, who through his humble position as the head barman of the West End Hotel, on the corner of Dr Yusuf Dadoo (Grey) Street and Dr Monty Naicker Road (Pine Street), selflessly provided, over 60 between 1933 and 1995, protection and aid to generations of political activists…

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A humble appeal for peace and national unity

I understand that the people of South Africa, having been denied their God-given rights to be free for more than 400 years, are anxious for the achievement of our aspirations for human development and recognition as people of integrity and capabilities both of which are things that have been denied and ignored by our erstwhile…

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Storming the castle

I will not say how and when I came to understand the logic of amber-economics and neither will I divulge the name of the individual who so graciously introduced me to the illicitness of underage lager drinking, but I will say that beer makes the world go round. And that if you’re unlucky enough to…

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No tolerance for mediocrity

One wonders when we as a country will actually have a honest and candid conversation with ourselves about the things we do and say. Indeed one only needs to look at the apologists and the denialists who hold public office to see that some of our countrymen believe that the people want their leaders to…

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Phansi Xenophobia Phansi!!!

My peace was interrupted this morning by the xenophobia being peddled by some twit in a suit on television. Now while the SABC is free to choose whom they invite to appear as experts on any particular matter, the fact is that getting a dude who claims to be the shadow deputy minister of defence…

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Fifty million plates of biryani

It is my distinct pleasure to congratulate the 1860 Legacy Foundation, firstly on its decision to extend equal membership of the Legacy Foundation to every one of the descendants of the 1860 settlers who are now 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th generation South Africans and secondly its decision to celebrate the 150th year of the…

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Making my choice

It is in fact the most difficult thing to choose the party with which one will associate; indeed it is a choice that most have not had to make, given that most of the politicians in South Africa were either born into their parties, or they were recruited at a young age, or they climbed…

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Pick n Pay highlights our redundant tribalism

After 15 years of evading the demon of tribalism, we the minorities of South Africa have been shamed for our parochial outlook and ethnic enclaves by the new Pick n Pay advert. In line with their new branding, Pick n Pay has released new television adverts which drive the message that Pick n Pay is…

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