Koketso Moeti

I am affected by HIV/Aids

For well over half a decade I have volunteered and worked at a number of non-profit organisations in both Gauteng and the North West. In my early days, I was based mostly with organisations in the healthcare sector and got a first-hand view of the devastation caused by HIV/Aids. Grieving parents and children were a…

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Abortion not always a choice

Abortion is a topic I was once very uncomfortable with. I was raised Roman Catholic and as such had very strong views on the matter. It was an absolute no-no and I would gladly get on my moral high horse to tell the world as much. At 23 I became a mother myself. But for…

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Why Motlanthe?

The road to Mangaung has revealed a lot, not only about South African politics but our society as a whole. Many seem to be looking outside themselves for solutions to our problems — waiting for a saviour to “fix” things. It’s almost as if we fear being a part of the solution. Or rather, we…

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The other side of the education crisis…

Education has taken centre stage recently. Rightfully so, it’s a powerful tool in breaking not only the cycle of poverty but many other negative cycles. There’s no doubt there’s a huge crisis. Many scream “undelivered textbooks”, “striking teachers” and “political interference” as the crux but it’s much deeper than that. There’s very little said about…

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Conference sex

Oratile is your average 25-year-old — ambitious, with big dreams and hopes. Due to the nature of her work she attends many conferences, imbizos, indabas and such gatherings. She is painfully aware that for many, these gatherings mean “sexual fun”. She has often had to deal with suggestive remarks and people attempting to kiss her….

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Public hospitals, a mother’s worst nightmare

The right to healthcare is a right that’s intricately linked to our right to life. Not only because not having any can result in death but because it so deeply affects our quality of life. A person’s right to quality healthcare and life should not be determined by their socio-economic status. A few months ago…

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Women as war zones

Very often when we think of war, we think machine guns and soldiers. We think demolished homes and buildings, even imagining the prisoners and survivors it leaves. That is what the media shows as war – the haunted looks in people’s eyes, clearly showing their fear and tortured souls. But war is much more than…

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Jobs alone are not enough

According to the DA’s Lindiwe Mazibuko “the real measure of inequality is between those who have jobs and those who do not” which is what the DA’s “Plan for Growth and Jobs” describes as the “full measurement of inequality”. This is really faulty thinking as it suggests that should everyone have a job, all will…

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