Avishkar Govender

Patriotism is the last refuge of the coward

There are many things that signal the virtue of cowardice. A prolonged and deep reliance on patriotism is just one of them. To say that the South Africa in which we now live is a project in progress is to deny two things. Firstly that the republic is the same republic as from 1961 and…

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Zille is gone, Twitter is empty

I do not have any reason to Twitter I joined just to follow Helen Zille I thought we’d have great adventures Propounding Liberalism’s virtues Then the haters and the hatred could Be defeated with rational looks At arguments and mindful logic applied To unwind, untangle and internalize The great social problems of the day The…

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Alternatives

The worst thing about limitations on individual freedoms, rights and responsibilities is that they impinge upon your options, choices and decision-making. Take for example the decision to deploy ANC cadres to government, the public service, the public enterprises and the parastatals; this has wrought havoc in your life, making it impossible for you live, work,…

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Hate and hatred

South Africa Is Not Well Just Another South African Looking For A Handout In Another Get Rich Quick Scheme Black people are angry. White people are angry. Indian people are angry. Coloured people are angry. Chinese people are angry. It would seem that South Africans of all races are angry. There is so much hate…

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It’s official, I’m a twit!

I swore off social media rubbishcapades more than a decade ago. I still have all my records from the early and mid 90s regarding my orders for a social media. I still listen to all my records from the mid and late 90s regarding my orders for a Web 2.0 and a social media. I…

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Throwing Shade

It seems that when I write in rhyme The words seem clearer from my mind Rather than when I write my posts Whose words seem to concern the ghosts Of things gone by and Christmas past My own grandeur and their bawdy cast Of merry thieves and gay warlords That carouse and sing in many…

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Unfortunately they are criminals

A crime syndicate is an organisation that commits or commissions crimes, whether directly or indirectly, and benefits from crimes, whether directly or indirectly. Therefore if an organisation commits or commissions crimes, whether directly or indirectly, and benefits from crimes, whether directly or indirectly, it is a crime syndicate. Now, some criminals, who seemingly rather enjoy…

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Who’s responsible?

Let’s assume that the first Europeans to land at South Africa arrived in the year 1497, or between the year 1497 and the year 1502. That’s Vasco da Gama’s expedition from Portugal. They arrived to find local South Africans. That is people who were already inhabitants of present-day South Africa. Let us consider that for…

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A Very Independently Serious Hongkong Kowloon Association Report

It is not in the best interests of Hongkong for the People’s Republic of China to exert influence over the livelihoods of the people of Hongkong. It is definitely not part of the make-up of the history and culture of Hongkong for there to be an exogenous force that interferes in the running of Hongkong…

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Tasty, very tasty, indeed

Many years ago, while still involved with student politics, I tasted Lipton Ice Tea, the lemon flavour, for the first time. I immediately asked, “Is this available in peach flavour, and is this available in mango flavour?”. I was told that the peach flavour would be released soon. Immediately thereafter, I was asked what I…

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