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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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Celebrating Tata Madiba in the Big Apple!

By Judy Sikuza Tata Madiba’s birthday celebrations resulted in a New York City that was heavily infected with a fever. This was not the superfluous kind such as the swine flu which causes debilitation but rather the kind that everyone coveted to be infected with. The Mandela Day celebrations were like a fever that permeated…

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We deserve another Madiba

Every so often someone comes along who is so brave and so inspiring that they move you into action. These are men and women who have the power to galvanise an entire community to do something. Whenever they are around it becomes very difficult even for the self-satisfied to sit by and remain silent. In…

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The new morality? Selling Mandela’s ‘funeral viewing rights’

Everything in our age has become a product. Now the news has broken that television rights to view Nelson Mandela’s funeral have allegedly been bought by the SABC, I have realised, even more, that everything is marketable. Is there any longer a distinction between the marketable and the sacrosanct? If they were collected, warehouses would…

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Madiba’s grandchildren will determine the future of the ANC

The duty of the young is to improve upon the past, which is, largely, a world created or messed up by their parents. What we are witnessing now is that moment when the grandchildren of Nelson Mandela, Govan Mbeki, Walter Sisulu and others must make a choice in terms of the political future and leadership…

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Et tu Madiba?

by Marius Redelinghuys On my way to campus Monday morning I got a bit anxious when I read the Pretoria News posters alluding to some “Madiba magic” injection into the ANC’s election campaign, I pondered the possibilities of what this could really mean, but didn’t think much of it initially. However, as I walked into…

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Mandela: Commodity or icon?

I remember, as a poor varsity student, begging and borrowing money to visit Cape Town. A former schoolmate who had relocated to that beautiful city invited me to spend the week with him there. After some financial gymnastics, I eventually scraped enough money together to make the trip. In Cape Town, I decided to make…

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On Breytenbach, Mandela and fatherhood

Like many people, I had an ambivalent relationship with my father, not the least because of his love for alcohol, usually cane or vodka, from what I can remember. He drank excessively and had an explosive temper when he was under the influence. Other than that he was a good man; but, thinking back to…

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Fear, hypocrisy and the abuse of Mandela in the ANC

I read a rather hypocritical article penned by former Limpopo premier Ngoako Ramatlhodi in the Sunday Times where he decried the treatment of former president Nelson Mandela during an ANC national executive committee (NEC) meeting in 2002. Mr Ramatlhodi was present in that meeting. In the article he details how NEC members called Madiba divisive…

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Madiba, FW — this one’s from the heart

As South Africans ponder the future of our multiracial democracy I asked my readers to go back to 1993 and tell me what they thought would have happened, had we turned right towards war, instead of left towards a negotiated settlement. The relevance of that question in assessing our current situation and the way forward,…

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