Avishkar Govender

So we are at war

Apparently I have been uncaring and cold in my condemnation of my friends who have been imitating my fellow UDW students by dancing in the streets. I noticed that there were no petrol bombs and so I will say that perhaps greater strides need to be made in strugglising the liberationary nature of the perpetual…

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Minister Nzimande must resign

I have evidence that both Sasco (including the PYA, ANCYL, YCL) and Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande declared that FREE HIGHER EDUCATION was and would be an objective of the Zuma administration. Indeed having spent a good hour laughing at Sasco’s plan for free higher education, and at least ten seconds wondering why Blade bothered…

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Where is the care?

In respect of your itinerant practice: You are registered to be in practice and in attendance at the public hospitals and clinics, and are therefore supposed to be in attendance at these places for the purpose of consulting with and attending to the needs of the government’s patients (who present themselves for treatment in their…

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Stop conning us

Look the reality is that you’re lying. It’s true. You’re making it seem as though you have some sort of magic healing powers, which you don’t, as though you have the power to diagnose with 100% certainty every patient just from their symptoms, which you don’t, as though you do some research in the course…

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In the line of fire: The graft wars

I don’t know what offends me more, the stupidity of leaders unable to hide their unethical conduct in legitimate activities; or the stupidity of contractors unable to disguise their unethical conduct with some form of grace and finesse. A quick look through any newspaper in South Africa will reveal that a very large number of…

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Repatri(h)ate?

October 2002, KwaZulu-Natal Parliament, Pietermaritzburg, Comrade Bheki Cele (chair of chairs) in and from the speaker’s chair: ” … the problem is that some of us (looking to the ANC) came into politics to help the people and to do the work in building a better life for all … but some people in this…

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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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