BREAKING NEWS: Ahmed Kathrada has died

Johannesburg – Eighty-seven year old Ahmed Kathrada, affectionately known as ‘Kathy’ by those close to him, has died. Kathrada underwent surgery relating to a blood clot on the brain earlier this month but experienced several postoperative complications and contracted pneumonia, which affected both his lungs. Kathrada will be remembered, for the most part, as one of the eight iconic men including Nelson Mandela, Govan Mbeki, Walter Sisulu, Andrew Mlangeni, Ray Mhlaba, Dennis Goldberg and Elias Motsoaledi who were arrested at Liliesleaf Farm and found guilty on charges including conspiracy and…

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Part 9 – Identity Literacy

The transformation of identity into political economy although tempting has its own consequences. Zille believes that Singapore, a human construct, with no power of causation and agency, can offer lessons to another human construct of diverse actors, SA. The idea of clothing nation-states with sovereignty and power to cause motion in the quest for solutions to real life challenges seems so entrenched to allow for any honest conversations on its bankruptcy as a useful tool in the kind of battle of ideas that are needed to lift sovereign human actors…

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SA marks Human Rights Day

Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma will lead the national commemoration of Human Rights Day on Tuesday. Political parties and government will on Tuesday remember the victims of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre, where police shot dead 69 people during a protest against the country’s pass laws, which were used to control the movement of blacks, coloureds, and Indians. The main event will be in King William’s Town. The highlight of the celebrations this year will include honouring Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko, 40 years after he was murdered. Zuma will…

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The Political Life of Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda

Identity Literacy –  President Kaunda was a biological product of2parents born in Malawi but who migrated into Zambia. He was born in Zambia. He was bred in Zambia. He rose2the highest office in the land. He looks human and there exists no known mechanism that would distinguish him from the rest of the humans who claim or may claim2be authentic Zambians. The attempt2revisit KK’s citizenship points2a dangerous but prevalent human propensity2use birth as a discriminator in life. Birth and its address is one of many pathways to citizenship yet some…

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What does independence mean?

Being the first of anything is not easy. No one could possibly prepare you for the job. Imagine the first night surrounded by strangers and you are converted into a glorified prisoner with limited freedoms. Imagine, your former friends trying to cross institutional roadblocks just to say hello. Imagine the expectations of the people that had been waiting so much for the promise of independence. Then juxtapose the enthusiasm and expectations of independence with the scope of the job of a Prime Minister. The picture in your mind the flight…

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What nobody told you about the fruits of independence.

There are many things we don’t know much about yet we are always trigger-happy to talk about. The state,statecraft,and the actors occupy so much content in the daily discourses of the citizens of any country but we have yet to invest in a proper understanding of what these terms mean for us to better do performance appraisals of the actors. History records that President Kaunda was forced2pass on the torch2Chiluba and1would have expected civility2inform actions yet the post-Kaunda experiences exposed the real faultlines of the promise of independence. Can we…

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Leadership Literacy

What makes a great leader? Does the experience of life give any person the ability to impact directly on the choices and actions of sovereign and self-centered actors? The idea of a mortal human actor rising above others to become great must be juxtaposed with the limitations imposed on the design and architecture of life. We are limited as humans in our understanding of the promise and limitations of human life. We are daily trying to demystify the idea of leadership. If you want to join the conversation, please shout…

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