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The myth of a free country


 

Way back from the early fifties, right into the late eighties, the fight for freedom was supported by the lofty ideals for a free and democratic country that was non racist and non sexist, where everyone, regardless of race or colour will enjoy equal opportunities and rights. During the dawn of our transition into democracy […]

The universal basic income grant for South Africa would spoil the poor with poverty


 

The provisions for the universal basic income grant for South Africa would only increase poverty and highlight inequalities among the population rather than remove them, thereby spoiling the poor with only deeper pockets of poverty.  The idea of universal basic income is based on a cash payment made at regular intervals by the government to […]

Will this Ramadan stir Muslims to oppose the enablers of oppression?


 

With the approach of Ramadan, Muslims around the world are expected to be engaged in heightened consciousness to inculcate values of justice, empathy for masses of downtrodden and to embody Islam’s principles of solidarity with marginalized people. As the annual journey of fasting from dawn to dusk is intended to instil a high degree of […]

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Tropical Cyclone Idai wrecked destruction and havoc on Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe with winds of up to 200 km/h. The miles and miles of water rendered...

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In 1994, the world woke up to the sad news of the Rwandan genocide which killed hundreds of thousand people. It is sad to...

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The poor are hardest hit by petrol price increases

The recent steep petrol price increases yet will hit the cities’ poorest the most – those who stay in townships and informal settlements. The...