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The potency of sport in uniting nations


 

The euphoria of having qualified for the first time since 2013 for the African Cup of Nations 2019 (AFCON) in Egypt had hardly worn off; and the headline hit me: President rewards Taifa Stars’ players with land for their second ever AFCON qualification! President John Magufuli was expressing gratitude to his national team, after their […]

Sports in the fourth industrial revolution


 

When I was a teenager, my father was a diehard supporter of Moroka Swallows Football Club. I was accustomed to him spoiling me with those bright maroon shirts that were emblazoned with the message, “Don’t follow me follow the birds”. Why anyone should follow the birds instead of their hearts remain a mystery to me. […]

Racism is rife in football


 

Only 7 months ago France celebrated its World Cup victory and the well intentioned, often jocular, yet deeply political comments about the “6th African team” winning became a hot topic. It conjured discussions about racism, origins and integration and the recent racial profiling scandal at top flight French football club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has reignited […]

INNOVATION

On memory of humans

Last week I visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC. The museum covers all aspects of the history...

EDUCATION

Signing would greatly improve deaf people’s election participation experiences

Twenty five years in our democracy, deaf people still have serious difficulties accessing basic information on election campaign promises and how to vote in...

ECONOMICS

South Africa and Nigeria: Africa’s Sleeping Giants?

In a year packed with many African elections, Nigeria went to the polls in February and South Africa votes this week. This begs the...