Shareef Blankenberg

Going, going, gone — a whole generation lost

The recent South African Human Rights Commission report on school-based violence should have us all worried. It shows that some Western Cape schools pose higher safety and security risks than the townships themselves. The public hearing also noted (with extreme concern) the upsurge in violence on educators by learners. I know someone is going to…

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Who’s judging the judges?

While a previous blog dealt with the issue of the judiciary, this one should not be seen in tandem. And let me also clarify that this is a question, not an attack on anybody or any institution. I am just crazy about sport and do not like to see the image of the game (any…

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What about my rights?

I know this one is really going to open a flood of responses, most negative, but I have to ask this question. For the past couple of years, I have seen much reporting on the work of Afri-Forum. According to some news bulletins on mainly SABC2, it is a “rights-based group” doing sterling work on…

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This ‘business unusual’ government

On February 8 2008, the president of the Republic of South Africa, the Most Honourable Thabo M Mbeki, delivered his annual State of the Nation address to a joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament. The thrust of the address was the new government theme, “business unusual”. In line with this theme, the Cabinet…

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What new government?

In 1999, the New National Party (remember them?) and the Democratic Party decided to form a coalition in the Western Cape, simply to keep the ANC (which had received the most votes, just not with an outright majority) from governing the province. The following year, they fought the local government elections under the banner of…

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My work is done

I’ve been speaking to a guy this morning who complained of being put on “short-time”. The factory where he is employed only has enough work to allow employees to work two days a week — meaning they only get two days’ pay per week. I used to work in a factory. And there, the marketing…

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Holy cow! It’s a judge!

In any country in the world, the leader of the ruling party is seen as the most powerful politician in the world. Even where this person is not necessarily the head of state or the head of government, the influence such a person has over the president or prime minister makes him or her very…

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