Avishkar Govender

Transforming the SABC (again!)

“There are enough zealots on both sides who kindle up the passions of their partisans and, under pretence of public good, pursue the interests and ends of their particular faction. For my part I shall always be fonder of promoting moderation than zeal, and though perhaps the surest way of producing moderation in every party…

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What technology do you have?

See here, get it right. We don’t need your charity. We don’t need your business and custom. In fact we don’t even need your tourism. What we need is for you, your people and their businesses to stop destroying our lives, our communities and our environment; to stop ripping us off on the sale of…

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Of chequebook politicking

I remember the first time a colleague suggested throwing money at a problem. The same colleague then went on to suggest that if those in the opposing caucus did not tow our line, then they must be made to remember who wielded the chequebook. I rejected both of these suggestions at the time, as the…

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The problem with female judges

Nobody believes Minister Radebe when he says the judiciary must transform to reflect the racial, gender and demographic reality of the country. Everybody thinks this is about making sure the ANC never has to go through another Zuma-Shaik fiasco. But the ANC says this impending transformation is in fact about reflecting the racial, gender and…

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Transforming the judiciary in SA

Applications are invited from suitably supported candidates to be admitted to the exalted status of being a judicial commissioner, an arbiter in a subsidiary court, a magistrate, a high court judge, a supreme court of appeals judge or a constitutional court judge. Please note that the following requirements subsist in respect of all applications: Are…

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On envy

Kahndisthi as an impediment to human solidarity for sustainable development If jealousy is indeed the green-eyed monster that gnaws at ones very soul forcing the person into a state of derision and acquisition for the purpose of being competitively displaced; then kahndisthi, as the mechanism and indeed substance of envy itself, must be an impediment…

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The ultimate reality show

One wonders what the producers of TV shows think when they prepare to pitch for new shows. Is it entirely the prospect of ad revenue that underpins their sales line? Do they consider the post-production revenues from the fame that flows to the participants? Do they lie awake at night wondering whether they will be…

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Ungovern … what? Say that again, I double dare you!

The Liberal quota for gender parity and the empowerment of women in the public sector is constructed by averaging, in percentage terms, the number of women in the population, with the number of women in all parts of the economy, with the percentage of primary child caregivers (and in loco parentis) who are women. This…

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From supporter-voters to member-activists

It has always been the objective of the political class to seek the support of persons other than themselves and their employees in order to reinforce legitimacy and public acceptance which should, ideally, subsist to enable the political class to exercise the privilege of representing the people and citizenry of the state as governed. The…

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Woza 2014 :-)

German Studies Association October 9 1993: “Although I do not subscribe to what Fukuyama called the end of history and the ultimate triumph of liberalism, my guess is that a new political agenda of post-cold-war politics and post-social-democratic politics causes a great deal of general liberal concern, which could feed a liberal party. Liberal politics…

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