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Manto & Facebook

Does Facebook play a part in politics (governmental, not corporate :-)? Of course! The Sunday Times in South Africa released a front page report yesterday…

Thabo Mbeki is quite right

The elevation of axed deputy minister of health, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, to heroine status is a little farcical. The President has every right to relieve a member of the executive of their duties, for any reason, or indeed for no reason whatsoever.

Lost in translation

While Americans have had their own English for many years now, South Africans are just starting to redefine the language. Herewith a brief summary of…

Mrs Traps’s Yom Tov recipe

Mrs Traps cooking carries a hechsher from the International Atomic Energy Agency: Our leftovers require disposal in accordance with the international regulations governing nuclear waste.…

Zimbabwe’s problems are exaggerated?

Southern African leaders, meeting in Zambia, once again failed to deal with the crisis in Zimbabwe. Where strong words and decisive action were desperately needed,…

Housebreaking: Our Biggest Fear

In a recent survey by the National Prosecuting Authority, it turned out that housebreaking was the crime that most people feared. The reason being that…

The upside of an unfree press

Like the charred oak of a toasted wine barrel, an acute struggle for liberty imparts rich vitality to an oppressed media. The all-enveloping mix of peace and violence, calm and trauma, relief and fear, elation and despair creates in reporters a sense of history, and of the role and responsibility they have in its unfolding.

So, are the fatties fair game as subjects of humour?

Anyone who has bothered to read my collection of satirical pieces entitled, ‘Some of my best friends are white’ [cough*go-out-and-buy-it*cough] might have been picked up…