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Avishkar Govender

A Very Independently Serious Hong Kong Kowloon Association Report

It is not in the best interests of Hong Kong for the People’s Republic of China to exert influence over the livelihoods of the people of Hong Kong. It is definitely not part of the make-up of the history and culture of Hong Kong for there to be an exogenous force that interferes in the…

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Bert Olivier

Walls and razor wire, or acceptance of different others?

Two days ago, November 9 2019, marked 30 years since the fall of the Berlin wall, and the irony has not escaped some people, that today one witnesses walls going up again everywhere. Nick Miller, in the Sydney Morning Herald (November 2 2019), for example, writes: Thirty years ago the Berlin Wall fell, pulling the…

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Avishkar Govender

Tasty, very tasty, indeed

Many years ago, while still involved with student politics, I tasted Lipton Ice Tea, the lemon flavour, for the first time. I immediately asked, “Is this available in peach flavour, and is this available in mango flavour?”. I was told that the peach flavour would be released soon. Immediately thereafter, I was asked what I…

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Bert Olivier

South Africans should stop thinking in terms of race

It was with a heavy heart that I read the news, first, of Herman Mashaba’s resignation from the position of mayor of Johannesburg and from the Democratic Alliance (DA), and soon afterwards of that of both Mmusi Maimane (leader) and Athol Trollip (chairman) from their respective leadership positions in the DA, and from the party…

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Avishkar Govender

Choose me!

The Chairwoman Federal Council and Federal Executive Democratic Alliance DA Federal Head Office Website: da.org.za E-Mail: [email protected] Telephone: +27 (0) 21 465 1431 Theba Hosken House 16 Mill Street Gardens Cape Town Democratic Alliance Federal Head Office P.O. Box 1475 Cape Town 8000 Dear Ma’am My best wishes and congratulations to your good-self, on the…

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Kerushun Pillay

Inflaming emotions is art’s job

There has been serious outrage which has greeted an art exhibition which appears to mock Christianity at a KwaZulu-Natal school.  A pastor in a video circulated on social media labelled the exhibition “demonic”, arguing that the paintings, some of which show cartoon paintings of Jesus Christ alongside a McDonald’s mascot, degraded Christianity.  Other pieces of…

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Avishkar Govender

An Invitation

Recently, I decided that I wanted to hold a conference to define a new vision for South Africa. The premise being that the old vision for South Africa, which was defined between 1987 and 1996, has in fact failed. I intended to invite every political party registered with the Independent Electoral Commission (and you can…

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Featured Multimedia

Hammanskraal crisis: Slow tender stops clean water flowing

Little has changed in Hammanskraal since the Mail & Guardian last visited the area in August, when residents said the tap water had made them sick.

More battles ahead for domestic worker unions

Florence Sosiba, speaks to the Mail & Guardian about how important domestic workers are and exclusion in the COIDA