Caster’s revenge: The war on Australia

So, we’re at war with Australia again. As usual it is about sport. The conspiracy goes that it was Australian athletes who challenged Caster Semenya’s gender. They are the ones who accused her of being a man. Apparently after seeing the size of her shoe. Caster’s story has been hotly pursued by the Australian press,…

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Semenya: It’s about gender not race

Let me start off by saying that Caster Semenya is a chick until proven a dude. Oh, hang on, she has been proven to be a chick by her parents, her teachers and her friends, mind you. The accusations of racism levelled at the IAAF have been a bit excessive. But one can understand why…

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Is she the man she’s waited for all her life?

Once upon a time, a child was born to happy parents in Masehlong, in the Limpopo province, northern South Africa. As a young child, Caster Semenya understood she was different from the other girls. While the other petite girls were relishing their new socks at preschool, Caster was already the high jump champion in the…

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How we missed Madiba

It’s a strange feeling to watch the United States celebrate our heroes more effectively than we can. My father mailed me the link to the Arthur Ashe Courage Award presentation to Nelson Mandela which happened on the 19th July as part of the annual ESPY awards. If you haven’t seen it then stop reading now…

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What’s the agend(er)?

By Jennifer Thorpe Caster Semenya, an 18-year-old athlete from South Africa wins a race with such speed and skill that she becomes the target of “gender probes”. Now for those of you who aren’t already uncomfortable with the thought of any sort of probe, this one should make you run for the hills. For people…

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Peter de Villiers: Misunderstood genius or living on borrowed time?

This week’s Talkback question on the Mail & Guardian Online: Peter de Villiers: Misunderstood genius or living on borrowed time? (more…)

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Rugby fans ARE more racist than football fans

This argument is based on race, it cannot be escaped. I refer you to the feast of international sporting content involving SA this past month — it has been awesome! As long as I have had a rich supply of the golden nectar of the gods, slivers of dried and salted animal carcass and toilet…

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10 things we learnt from the Confed Cup

1. Nothing is ever certain until the final whistle blows. 2. You might think you know where the game is headed, but that can all change in the 90th minute. 3. Underdogs can become finalists. 4. You can’t only defend; you can’t only attack. 5. South African fans are the most colourful, the most enthusiastic…

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What’s worse: Maligning the Bok coach or those whinging Brits?

When I chatted to Peter de Villiers in Soweto on Monday I told him how proud I was of his achievement in beating the British and Irish Lions the Saturday before which sentiment of course applies to “Mr Naughty” Dick Muir and Gary Gold. Unless my memory fails me prior to Pete and company we’ve…

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Bafana were brilliant now reinstate Mokoena SABC

As you will see from the match report below I was of the firm belief that Bafana Bafana were absolutely magnificent against Brazil last night and are now as much a source of pride to the nation as our cricket and rugby teams. There is no doubt that Joel Santana has achieved this and with…

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