South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Radical Economic Transformation (RET) crowd have been trying to rewrite history in typical fascist manner, by accusing all modern white South Africans of being land and resource thieves » Read more »
South Africa’s mainstream media’s narrow obsession with the Zuma and Gupta families may be taking attention away from a much broader issue – the question of how the country’s marginalised masses perceive the meting out of socio-economic justice since the end of political apartheid. » Read more »
The Inaugural Stephen Ellis Memorial Lecture was recently delivered by Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State. In it he makes some very valid comments about the current wave of student protests at South African universities and the role that white academic and cultural intransigence, an apathetic government and a new generation of black intolerance have played in its emergence. » Read more »
The venality and gross incompetence of the ANC government have provided a convenient smokescreen for unelected lobbyists and vested interest groups to inveigle themselves into the South African political process at the expense of transparency and democracy. One such organisation is the Free Market Foundation, a neo-liberal lobby group that styles itself as a non-profit Public Benefit Organisation. » Read more »
The official trailer for the new James Bond movie, Spectre, is out and it promises to be a doozy. All the action, quips, gadgets and glamour that we have come to expect from the 53-year old franchise is present, plus an unhealthy dollop of menace presented by a not-so-new enemy. » Read more »
Turkish director, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s latest film, Winter Sleep, is a ponderous affair set in the snow-covered highlands of Cappadocia. Long intense conversations brought on by the forced isolation of winter expose the tensions between social classes and within a marriage. » Read more »
The World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index for 2015 ranked South Africa a fairly average 48th out of 141 countries. For a country blessed with such rich natural and cultural resources as South Africa, the varied factors holding back the country’s travel and tourism potential are cause for introspection and decisive action. » Read more »
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