Top Bloggers this week

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On our Reader Blog, we invite Thought Leader readers to submit one-off contributions to share their opinions on politics, news, sport, business, technology, the arts or any other field of interest.

If you'd like to contribute, first read our guide... read more
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As an undergraduate student, Bert Olivier discovered Philosophy more or less by accident, but has never regretted it. Because Bert knew very little, Philosophy turned out to be right up his alley, as it were, because of Socrates's teaching, that the ... read more
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During the day Sarah Britten is a communication strategist; by night she writes books and blog entries. And sometimes paints. With lipstick. It helps to have insomnia.... read more
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This Jaundiced Eye column appears in Weekend Argus, The Citizen, and Independent on Saturday. WSM is also a book reviewer for the Sunday Times and Business Day. Follow @TheJaundicedEye.... read more
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CRACKING CHINA was previously the title of this blog. That title was used as the name for Rod MacKenzie's second book, Cracking China: a memoir of our first three years in China. From a review in the Johannesburg Star: " Mackenzie's writing is shot t... read more
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Mike Trapido is a criminal attorney and publicist having also worked as an editor and journalist.

He was born in Johannesburg and attended HA Jack and Highlands North High Schools.

He married Robyn in 1984 (Mrs Traps, aka "the government") and... read more
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Black Academic Caucus (BAC) is a platform that advocates for inclusive and diverse academic institutions that also prioritise black academics and their knowledge. Committed to transformation and decolonisation of UCT primarily, and influencing the hi... read more
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Martin Young is an ENT surgeon living an idyllic life in Knysna. He is a firm believer that "the unexamined life is not worth living", writes for a hobby and is happy to speak truth to power www.drmartinyoung.com or @MartinYoung... read more
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Mandela Rhodes Scholars who feature on this page are all recipients of The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship, awarded by The Mandela Rhodes Foundation, and are members of The Mandela Rhodes Community.

The Mandela Rhodes Community was started by recipien... read more
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Sandile Memela is a journalist, writer, cultural critic, columnist and civil servant. He lives in Midrand.... read more
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Vusi Gumede is Professor and Head of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute at the University of South Africa. He previously was an associate professor at the University of Johannesburg. He also lectures public policy, since 2009, at the Gradua... read more
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The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) was established in 2005 with the aim of strengthening human rights and the rule of law in Southern Africa through strategic litigation in domestic courts, training and the facilitation of legal networks. S... read more
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Jennifer is a feminist, activist and advocate for women's rights. She has a Masters in Politics from Rhodes University, and a Masters in Creative Writing from UCT.

In 2010 she started a women's writing project called 'My First Time'. It focuses on... read more
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Sentletse Diakanyo's blogs may contain views on any subject which may upset sensitive readers. Parental guidance is strongly advised..

Twitter: @Sentletse... read more
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Feminist, filmmaker, writer, poet, activist and author, Gillian Schutte has a degree in African politics, an MA in Creative Writing and a Film Director's qualification from the Binger Institute, Netherlands. Winner of the Award of Excellence for her ... read more
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An anthropologist by training, Dr Joy Owen is the current head of department of anthropology at Rhodes University, where she has enjoyed intellectual and pedagogical stimulation since 2003. She remains adamant though that everyone should refer to her... read more
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Lee-Roy Chetty holds a Master's degree in Media studies from the University of Cape Town and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A two-time recipient of the National Research Fund Scholarship, he is currently completing his PhD at UCT and is th... read more
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A teacher in Johannesburg.Interested in education,feminism and sometimes a bit of politics (with a small letter p).... read more
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PsySSA, the Psychological Society of South Africa, is the national professional body for psychology. Committed to transforming and developing psychological theory and practice in South Africa, PsySSA strives to serve the needs and interests of a post... read more
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Thabang is a very experienced and leading strategy consultant with more than 20 years of executive management experience. His forte and focus as an organizational strategist concerns helping organisations develop vision aligned strategies and deal wi... read more
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Curious scribbler. Born again atheist. Author on training wheels. Poet novice. Amateur human. Collector of stories. Lover of the long form.

Mandy de Waal started writing at Thought Leader many years ago, and hasn't been able to stop. de Waal has b... read more
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Mike is a young environmentalist. He is also very interested in issues relating to consumerism, consumption, and the capitalist system in Africa.

Mike also has his a worm farm, rides a bike to work, and doesn't own a television. He loves reading, ... read more
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Khaya Dlanga* By day he perpetuates the evils of capitalism by making consumers feel insecure (he makes ads). For this he has been rewarded with numerous Loerie awards, Cannes Gold, several Eagle awards and a Black Eagle.

Khaya has an ego-crushi... read more
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Charlene Smith is a multi-award-winning journalist, author and media consultant. She has had 14 books published, one of which was shortlisted for an Alan Paton award.
Television documentaries for which she has worked have also won awards.
She has ... read more
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David Saks has worked for the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) since April 1997, and is currently its associate director. Over the years, he has written extensively on aspects of South African history, Judaism and the Middle East for lo... read more
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Once upon a time, Ndumiso Ngcobo used to be an intelligent, relevant man with a respectable (read: boring-as-crap) job which funded his extensive beer habit.

One day he woke up and discovered that he had lost his mind, quit his well-paying job, pe... read more
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David Smith is a world famous artist and a British Olympic hammer thrower. He is a curler for Scotland and Manitoba. A pro wrestler fondly known as the British Bulldog. A Canadian economist and a Mormon missionary they call the Sweet Singer of Israel... read more
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Malaika Wa Azania, an AU African Youth Charter Ambassador for the SADC Region, is a pan Afrikanist Socialist, a feminist and the founder of Afrikan Voices of the Left journal, a publication of Pen and Azanian Revolution (Pty) Ltd, of which she's the ... read more
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Bridget McNulty is a passionate writer and editor inspired to help others start - and finish - their novels. She has a creative writing degree from the United States, and her first novel, Strange Nervous Laughter, was published in South Africa and th... read more
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Having spent the first half of his life in Swaziland, Jason earned a doctorate at the University of Virginia and now holds a fellowship at the London School of Economics. His research focuses on development, globalisation and labor, with an emphasis ... read more
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Kagure Mugo is the co-founder and full-time curator of HOLAAfrica! She is a part-time pseudo-academic and part-time wine-bar philosopher. A nomad (who has been everywhere and belongs nowhere) with a firm belief that no-one will love Africa till she l... read more
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Anja Merret lives in Brighton, United Kingdom, having moved across from South Africa a while ago. She started a blog at the beginning of 2007 and is using it to try to find out everything important about page ranks, traffic and all things internet-ma... read more
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Mother. Campaigner. Political orphan. Blogger. Part Time Professional Black. Liker of Things. Lover of People. No Sense of Humour. Also on twitter @Kmoeti... read more
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Sports Leader is no longer being updated, so if you want to continue reading my blog, follow the link below.

Cheers,

Adam... read more
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Dr Christi van der Westhuizen is an award-winning political columnist and the author of the book Working Democracy: Perspectives on South Africa's Parliament at 20 Years, available for download at www.pmg.org.za.

Twitter @ChristivdWest;
Email chr... read more
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Koos Kombuis is an Afrikaans columnist, bilingual author and retired rock musician. In spite of his numerous attempts to settle down and conform, his career has been dogged by controversy ever since he was banned from performing his anti-apartheid so... read more
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Ryland Fisher is former editor of the Cape Times and author of the book Race. This is his second book, following on Making the Media Work for You, which was published in 2002. He is executive chairperson of the Cape Town Festival, which he initiated ... read more
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LLB (UKZN), MIBL (UCL, France). A student of Anarchism. I write in my personal capacity.
[email protected] / @Brad_Cibane... read more
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Brent Meersman is a writer based in Cape Town. His most recent novel is Five Lives at Noon (2013), and his previous novels are Primary Coloured (Human & Rouseau, 2007) and Reports Before Daybreak (Umuzi-Random House, 2011). He has been writing fo... read more
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Marius Redelinghuys is currently a DA National Spokesperson and Member of the National Assembly of Parliament.

He is a 20-something "Alternative Afrikaner", fiancé to a fellow Mandela Rhodes Scholar (which has made him fortunate enough to be the ... read more
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Fiona Snyckers is outrageously opinionated for a novelist-housewife. She is the author of the Trinity series of novels, and hopes to continue getting paid to make stuff up.... read more
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Jarred Cinman is software director at Cambrient, South Africa's leading developer of web applications. He co-founded Johannesburg's first professional web development company and was one of the founders of VWV Interactive, for many years the premier ... read more
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Siyabonga Ntshingila is a walking example of how not to go through life productively.

Having been chanced his lackadaisical way through an education at one of the country's finest boys schools and a noted university, he then proceeded to unleash h... read more
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Louise is a freelance journalist and writer living in Johannesburg. She is particularly interested in topics surrounding social justice and gender rights. She's on Twitter as @frrlou.... read more
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Durban photojournalist Gavin Foster writes mainly for magazines. His articles and photographs have appeared in hundreds of South African, American and British publications, and he's also instigated and researched stories for Carte Blanche.

Winne... read more
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Tinyiko Sam Maluleke is a South African academic (currently attached to the University of South Africa [UNISA]) who suffers from restlessness, intellectual insomnia, insatiable curiosity, a facsination with ideas, a passion for justice, a crazy imagi... read more
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Jaco Barnard-Naudé is professor in the law faculty at the University of Cape Town. He holds the degrees BCom (Law), LLB and LLD from the University of Pretoria and an MA in creative writing from UCT. He is also a past recipient of the UCT Fellows' A... read more
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Roy Jobson is a specialist medical doctor in clinical pharmacology. He is employed as a specialist clinical pharmacologist at the Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital / Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences Univers... read more
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Arthur Goldstuck is a South African journalist, media analyst and commentator on information and communications technology (ICT), internet and mobile communications and technologies. Goldstuck heads the World Wide Worx research organisation, and has ... read more
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