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State of emergency 2.0

By Christopher McMichael Last week, a fully armed contingent of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers were enrolled to perform guard duties at the new Khayelitsha district hospital. The reason for the deployment of combat-ready troops in a civilian environment? To patrol a silent protest by 50 members of the Khayelitsha Development Forum. As…

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Dear ANC, thanks for the liberation, we’ll take it from here

By Maphale Moloi In the wake of the recent ANC centenary celebrations, many have commented on the party’s role in post-apartheid South Africa. Some have said that the ANC is living in the past and is no longer relevant to the youth and/or the plight of the average South African. Let’s step back for a…

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What Africa’s promising youth need to succeed

Today, among corporations, governments, and individuals alike, there is much optimism regarding Africa’s future. One of the main reasons for this is the continent’s enviably youthful population, whose median age is only twenty years old. Africa’s 54 nations are also currently home to more than 500 million people of working age, or 15 to 64…

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Maths vs. Maths Literacy: the continuing debate

By Robyn Clark With the Matric results being published last week, a long-running debate has again reared its head. Is Maths Literacy all that worthwhile? After all, many are opposed to it because it’s “dumbing down our students”. Is the Maths taught today the same as the Maths that you learnt at school? Firstly, I…

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Placing indigenous knowledge games at the centre of our education strategy

We are a society engaging in “an anthropology of low expectations” with the bar we set for being awarded a National Senior Certificate (NSC). (Eusebius McKaiser, 2012). South Africa’s matric pass rate was up from 67.8% in 2010 to 70.2% in 2011. To obtain a matric pass in South Africa, a pupil must achieve 40%…

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An open letter to Angie Motshekga

Dear Madam I know that you are a busy person and this period in particular is the most hectic with centenary celebrations in full swing. I would like to congratulate you and your department, together with nine MECs and the respective departments in various provinces. Let me rather skip the pleasantries and get to the…

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When a man is not allowed to speak because he is a man

I am one of the organisers of Slutwalk Johannesburg and I was attacked by a feminist on Wednesday on her timeline on Facebook. The reason being because I am a man and I have no right to be a spokesperson for a movement reserved for women. This all arose out of an invitation by SAFM…

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Facebook’s redesign and the future of social media

By Bre Carter This week, Facebook started launching a profile redesign called Timeline. While the social media giant is known for constantly tinkering with its product, and although it has often made news for rolling out new features and designs that users initially complain about and then quickly accept, the timeline appears to be different….

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What does security mean to you?

By Everjoice Win That was the question surrounding this year’s 16 Days of Activism. Militarism, conflict, state-sponsored violence, political violence, were some of the sub-themes we campaigned on. We talked about the big stuff, the big news tickets of the moment. The news coming out of Syria continues to be unbearable. Libya is still on…

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From Jewish South African to South African Jew

By Martine Schaffer The question of my South African identity was first raised when I went to Israel after school to study for a year at Hebrew University. I had been educated at Carmel College in Durban and brought up in an environment where my character was very much formed around being Jewish. In Israel,…

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