Avishkar Govender

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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A detailed review of the DA’s manifesto

Page 1 — It is clear that the DA’s new iconography and message were borrowed from the Obama campaign in the United States, with a little inspiration from the PSL. (minus two points) Page 2 — Isn’t it a crime to distort and deface the flag of a country, even if you are simply trying…

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Are Zille’s spin doctors obsessed with Malema’s schlong?

The word schlong is an offensive and “dirty” word in Yiddish which refers to the male reproductive organ and naturally, being Yiddish, most schlongs are circumcised. However, while circumcision is a common practice it is nonetheless varied in its implementation. Some get it done at a temple, some in a mountain cave, some in a…

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Adenhauer must make a decisive choice

Being the feckless fool that I am — unworthy of DA membership, unfit for ANC branch duty, unwelcome at ID Tupperware parties, uninvited to IFP cultural gatherings, too heathen for ACDP communions, and all but shunned by MF breyani jols — it gave me some cold comfort late last year when a horde of ANC…

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