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Case Against Private Universities: De-Privatize or Perish

Case Against Private Universities: De-Privatize or Perish

As one of the most unequal societies on Earth (according to this report , the Inequality Trends report, as well as the World Inequality Database), South Africa had no other option but to legislate and roll out universally fee-free education for everyone (declared as free education for the poor). Put differently, could a country reeling and writhing from an unjust colonial past afford to lock out the majority of its citizens from its universities?

South Africa is Coloured by Blood More Than Race: An Oblique APPEAL to Dali Mpofu

South Africa is Coloured by Blood More Than Race: An Oblique APPEAL to Dali Mpofu

The hand often credited with painting the rainbow nation is long gone. The colours of its work are faded. Yet, FW de Klerk, the man who held the palette of democracy alongside Mandela, is still alive. If it weren’t so heartbreaking, it would be laughable that some were stunned by his recent ‘apartheid wasn’t a crime against humanity’ comments. Even more bizarre was the apology from his foundation.

The Queens Fortress: On Raising Boys

The Queens Fortress: On Raising Boys

This week’s episode of the Queens Fortress focuses on raising boys who women do not fear. Poet, writer, photographer and performer Clear, invites us into the world of raising a son in South Africa. Clear quotes the proverb “evil enters through the hole of a needle and spreads like an oak tree,” to describe how patriarchy grows in men and creates the violent and angry men we all have in our lives. He teaches his son Lethabo to cry, to vocalise his emotions and to combat the violence that grows with men not being true to their emotions.

Mmabatho Montsho – Mother of the Black Nation

Mmabatho Montsho – Mother of the Black Nation

In the African culture it is believed that in the combination of a name and its bearer you find a conception of identity; when naming a child you bestow upon them a life of purpose, which will inevitably influence their behavior and circumstances. If you are not an adherent of this old age adage, the inspirational stance and influence of award-winning filmmaker, Mmabatho Montsho, could be the hand that ushers you to the alter of conversion.

Somhale Breaks Viewing Records

Somhale Breaks Viewing Records

More than half of the catalogue of TV shows and movies on Showmax, whether measured in hours or number of episodes, is now local content. This deliberate shift to local started more than a year ago with shows like The River and The Queen, and more recently with Lockdown and Kwa Mam’Mkhize. And now the latest Showmax Original, Somizi and Mohale: The Union, is breaking viewing records.

The Colour of Sunday

The Colour of Sunday

Sundays in Soweto are usually days of constraint. There’s a quiet yearning about them. A yearning for the past, both personal and political. Something captured wonderfully by the terms ukubluza and babalaas. The streets are calmer and are coated with those finishing off Saturday’s libations and others in their Sunday best, post-worship. For some, moshito o'tswela pele! After all, yurugu beckons on Monday morning at the plantation.

A Letter to Mkhulu Mangaliso Sobukwe

A Letter to Mkhulu Mangaliso Sobukwe

I decided to write this letter to you to share my thoughts with you about where I think we find ourselves as Afrikan people. We learn from the older generation of activists about your glorious deeds and the immeasurable sacrifices you and your peers made, in defence of our natural right as Afrikans to be human beings worthy of dignity and respect, in the land of our Ancestors.