“Shame” over SA’s abstention in UN resolution is not enough

The South African Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Luwellyn Landers, said he is ashamed about South Africa’s decision to veto a UN Resolution to stop gender and LGBT violence earlier this year.

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5 unconventional ideas to make you think

The point of philosophy is to make you think. Often, we don’t. Mulling over the meaning of life is not on the top of most people’s to-do-list when they get home from a long day of, well, living. It doesn’t help that the internet is dominated by cats, clothes and memes. But there is nothing…

Keep your Women’s Day tributes

It’s not a happy women’s day. There may be food specials and clothes deals spewing from every shop, but I will not be celebrating this month. We come from a history marked by women fighting for gender equality, but the question is: Where are we going? South African women wake up every-day to cat-calls on…

Words are cheap

Going from a Chartered Accountant to a writer is like free-falling down a couple of income brackets only to land in the valley of true desolation.  But T.O. Molefe, South African journalist and author, made the jump. At the bottom of this valley he found that the phrase ‘words are cheap’ has a whole new…

It’s our turn

Zubeida Jaffer, award winning South African journalist, discussed how student movements push society forward in a conversation with Rhodes University Journalism students on Tuesday. Jaffer was integral in the Anti-Apartheid struggle movement. “[Students] push the boundaries, “said Jaffer to an eager class of third year writing and editing students. She explained that older folk are…