Avishkar Govender

Tradespotting SA

If Renton hadn’t been a smack junkie, he might have said instead … Choose communism, choose a skill and choose a trade. Choose a kolkhoz. Choose a flippin big factory. Choose washing your clothing with regulation soap. Choose not having cars, compact disc players, electrical tin openers or ribbed condoms. Choose DIY and wondering why…

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Will they swear an oath of honesty?

I have since August 2005 had to climb into the open sewer of personality politics — at first without public demonstration, and then latterly, since August 2007, with overt and public demonstration — for the express purpose of sensitising community leaders about ethical leadership and honest corporate and public governance. Perhaps it was my egomania…

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Be the change

To be the change you want, you see Is not as easy, as it seems You have to listen, learn and believe To be the change for real For this life of ours, is nought, but strife This life of ours, is not the, promised life We’ve been denied, the rainbow, of our dreams Just…

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True confessions of a liberal politico

I have been asked by young South Africans to explain why I have chosen to vote for the DA. However, let me first say that I encourage all people to vote and further let me say that I encourage all people to vote for the party that represents as closely as possible their own perspective….

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First Principles

On and on free enterprise thrives Thanks for the competitive open market economy guys As we coming up in the world today Everyone has heard somebody say They promise they promise … we know it’s a lie They promise they promise you a … better life Empty words, broken dreams and hearts Now’s the time…

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If Leon had been a minister …

If Tony Leon had accepted former president Mandela’s offer to join the government of national unity in 1994, and had become a minister, in the first non-racial democratic government from 1994 to 1999, it is clear that the fortunes of the DA would have, today, been different. Not wanting to become lapdogs to the behemoth…

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Does the opposition have a youth development plan?

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) is being established after having been created in terms of the National Youth Development Agency Act, Act 54 of 2008, by Parliament. Fundamentally every person involved with the NYDA must be a qualified and registered youth development practitioner in order for the NYDA to be able to be the…

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The Caring Society: My response

From Chapter 3 of the DA Manifesto: Pages 17 to 21 Social development There are a few other ideas which come to mind in respect of social development but on the whole the plan is solid and comprehensive. I am rather unhappy with the dependency on grants and social transfers but I think that the…

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The Opportunity Society: My response

From pages 10 to 17 of the DA manifesto: Image notes: Page 12, yet more photographic proof that the DA has supporters of colour. SCHOOLS School education lies at the heart of the open, opportunity society … and set clear performance targets. Agreeably radical subsidiarity will resolve most of the issues originating from differential contexts,…

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The Open Society: My response

From chapter one of the DA’s manifesto, pages nine and 10 of “21941 DA Manifesto Eng.pdf” Only when the people of South Africa can vote freely for the public representatives of their choice, and demand that those who are elected put their personal interests aside and act only in the voters’ interests, will our democracy…

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