Avishkar Govender

The Opportunity Society: My response

From pages 10 to 17 of the DA manifesto: Image notes: Page 12, yet more photographic proof that the DA has supporters of colour. SCHOOLS School education lies at the heart of the open, opportunity society … and set clear performance targets. Agreeably radical subsidiarity will resolve most of the issues originating from differential contexts,…

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The Open Society: My response

From chapter one of the DA’s manifesto, pages nine and 10 of “21941 DA Manifesto Eng.pdf” Only when the people of South Africa can vote freely for the public representatives of their choice, and demand that those who are elected put their personal interests aside and act only in the voters’ interests, will our democracy…

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A detailed review of the DA’s manifesto

Page 1 — It is clear that the DA’s new iconography and message were borrowed from the Obama campaign in the United States, with a little inspiration from the PSL. (minus two points) Page 2 — Isn’t it a crime to distort and deface the flag of a country, even if you are simply trying…

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Are Zille’s spin doctors obsessed with Malema’s schlong?

The word schlong is an offensive and “dirty” word in Yiddish which refers to the male reproductive organ and naturally, being Yiddish, most schlongs are circumcised. However, while circumcision is a common practice it is nonetheless varied in its implementation. Some get it done at a temple, some in a mountain cave, some in a…

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Adenhauer must make a decisive choice

Being the feckless fool that I am — unworthy of DA membership, unfit for ANC branch duty, unwelcome at ID Tupperware parties, uninvited to IFP cultural gatherings, too heathen for ACDP communions, and all but shunned by MF breyani jols — it gave me some cold comfort late last year when a horde of ANC…

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Academic freedom alive and well

I have always been the foremost advocate of academic freedom among my peers, most of whom during their early undergraduate days did not see the relevance of academic freedom in their lives, which were seemingly interminable cycles of rote learning and repetition. Though they might have resented the absence of free thinking from their first-year…

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Free trade not always free

Firstly the idea of a free market stems from the idea of personal freedom. That no-one should be able to decide for you what you do, how you make a living and to demand that you pay them any part of your income. Obviously this is qualified by the facts that the rights of other…

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A political party is not a business

I have watched with mirth these last ten years as all of the political parties in South Africa have become more corporatised. Naturally they have retained their reliance on donor funding and political donations, and have not found a way to become self sufficient, either financially or organisationally. However, in a business the entrepreneurs provide…

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Nando’s, I finally understand

Dame Evita Bezuidenhout, in her boudoir, hangs up the phone with someone named, “Barack” (Obama not Ehud presumably) and says, “blah blah blah, option A, blah blah blah, option C, blah blah blah, what about option B? … blah blah blah … now you can’t just have A ‘n C …” Now everyone has been…

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Corruption-free politics — the blueprint

Over the last 18 months we have brought this innovation to the attention of all of the represented political parties. Now for the first time, we share this hitherto confidential “inside information” with you. Assuming that all politicians got into politics to help people and that, if given the opportunity, both politicians and political party…

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