Shareef Blankenberg

Let those without sin, cast the first stone

I have been accused here on Thought Leader of being racist and not liking white people. Funny, seeing that two of my best friends (I don’t have many) are white and I have a very good relationship with several white members of parliament and other politicians (even in opposition parties). I know I am opening…

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Compensation of sharks

The Road Accident Fund (RAF) was set up to compensate victims of road accidents. Due to the fact that few people knew the legal system, it was thought best to include in its legislation provisions for legal representation. But, as time went by, many people were ripped off by the very same people they hired…

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Pimp my (police) ride!

An article on August 08 2008 in one of Mail & Guardian’s competitors’ car magazines open with the line “Porsches, Dodge Vipers, Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Corvettes, Lamborghinis”, which is what the Metro Police in Cape Town are asking for. According to the article, Heathcliff Thomas, the head of Cape Town’s traffic department, showed one photo…

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Homecoming revolution?

“Many South Africans are leaving the country.” “South Africa is experiencing a brain-drain, as many (especially white) professionals are leaving the country.” “Many South Africans are living abroad nowadays.” “Crime is driving South Africans out of their own country.” “If Zuma becomes president, I am leaving South Africa.” Above are just some of the comments…

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Good advertising – we’ve been having it!

About two years ago, I read an article about a Swedish promotion agency saying that South African adverts are among the best in the world. I sometimes get upset when I walk down Parliament Street and see the foreigners (Western foreigners, that is!) busy shooting a commercial or part of a movie on Church Square….

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Ubuntu — made in China

On 12 May 2008, at 2.28pm, an earthquake registering 8.0 on the Richter scale hit the Chinese province of Sichuan. The earthquake, believed by scientists to be 30 times as fierce as the one that hit Kobe in Japan in 1995, released the energy of five atomic bombs combined. More than 40 000 people are confirmed…

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Let me race in the streets, please

This weekend a young man tragically died in the streets of Durban while participating in a legal street race. My heart goes out to the family, friends and fellow street racers of Gert Vorster from Johannesburg. Ironically, Gert clocked the fastest time of the race shortly before he crashed. Although this is tragic, people must…

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Sad to be a South African …

This past weekend, residents of Masipumelele informal settlement apologised to displaced people driven from their homes in the township during the cowardly xenophobic attacks that have raced through some Western Cape informal settlements since the start of the weekend. One Masipumelele resident said in an interview that “it sure does not feel good to be…

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Building economic capacity

Last night (6 May 2008), a high-level South African government delegation arrived in Doha, Qatar for bilateral talks with that country. The agreement that would be signed by President Thabo Mbeki and Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, would conclude negotiations between the two countries that started a long time ago, but…

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To Thabo or not to Thabo

That is indeed the question today! Except for showing the confusion among the people of South Africa, this also gives us an idea of the fickle state of the South African media. Unfortunately, media reports often form public opinion and therefore influence thinking among our people. Post-Polokwane saw massive public sympathy for Thabo Mbeki due…

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