All media organisations thrive on stories that will drive more traffic to their site or increase their sales. But News24 seems to be going the extra mile with their latest bout of sensationalist “stories” based on speculation and hearsay with one source in one of the stories taken completely – and probably deliberately – out of context. The danger with publishing such low effort articles is that people who are not aware of the issues will interpret what they read as fact. Furthermore, many might not take the time to read properly and in detail to notice the statements are not backed up by any facts. [Read more…]
These are grim times for vulnerable women and children in South Africa, a country that seems to have no solution to ongoing violent crime.
Recent cases where the bodies of women and children have been found are only a symptom of a deeper problem. It seems to be a common trend for women and children to be brutally raped and murdered by someone they know.
When I hear of these crimes I always wonder what could make someone want to harm another in such a horrific manner. The first thing that comes to mind is mental illness, especially in cases where the perpetrator showed no remorse or any kind of emotion after the crime had been committed. [Read more…]
“Oh, not another article on race.”
“She’s a racist!”
“Can’t she find anything better to write about?”
These are the milder comments I usually see on my columns. Yes, I am writing another column on racial issues. No, I will not stop until people understand why race issues are important and they finally engage on this. There seems to be a lack of understanding on what racism is really about and the effects of it. Racism doesn’t just manifest itself explicitly as the k-word, nor is it only institutionalised. [Read more…]
The DA received a lot of backlash when its leader Mmusi Maimane went on a “fact-finding mission” to Israel earlier this month. Maimane posing for a picture with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahou and the South African flag infuriated many – and understandably so.
Maimane’s actions could be interpreted as South Africa siding with Israel, an apartheid state. The South African government has increasingly been vocal over the years about its pro-Palestine stance. [Read more…]
“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.” -Oscar Wilde.
South Africans are blessed with diversity. Having so many races, religions, career paths, nationalities, cultures and gender differences offer varying perspectives and viewpoints. This makes it easier for people to feel included. It’s very easy for people to overlook or neglect the needs of others when they have no idea what’s important to them. This is why diversity is important. Once you understand people’s needs you can provide for them and engage with them.
South Africa’s diversity has always been celebrated, but it seems some people still have a long way to go to accept others who are different and that they’re living in a country where people are free to express these differences. [Read more…]
As 2016 comes to an end, many South Africans would be reflecting on the year that passed and make resolutions for the new one. I’ve spent a bit of time reflecting on my tenure as a News24 columnist. Writing for a large audience is not easy. Not only can the writing process be challenging at times, but the way people respond sometimes gnaws at you. [Read more…]
It’s high time South Africa legalises cannabis for medical use. The announcement by Parliament’s portfolio committee on health that medical marijuana could soon be legal is long overdue. There is a chance that pharmaceutical companies might oppose the legalisation unless they can control the production and supply. But the herb has medicinal properties that can fix many health problems, and while it might not be the cheapest method, it’s probably among the healthiest. [Read more…]
Tourism is a big industry for South Africa. It’s especially irresistible to foreigners who will be getting more bang for their buck. However, there are multiple barriers for ordinary working class South Africans to actually enjoy their country. Seeing the iconic view from the top of Table Mountain or looking at marine life in awe in Durban are unreachable dreams for people in the lower income spectrum.
Travel and tourism is very expensive for South Africans and often unaffordable. It is also not very convenient. Every citizen should be able to fully enjoy the beauty their country has to offer and to explore all the wonders. [Read more…]
It becomes clearer by the day that the South African government does not care about its people. Just take a look at the latest spate of student protests. They’re burning, damaging and destroying the very infrastructure they need for the free education they so desperately crave. It is easy to write this off as good old-fashioned hooliganism, but these protests have not come out of nowhere.
In 2012 the minister of higher education, Blade Nzimande, promised free tertiary education for the poor. Education is the key to a better a life for many poor people. In a desperate attempt to secure support and rule the nation, the ANC made this reckless promise. It created a sense of entitlement among people who were desperate for a better life. [Read more…]
“Two wrongs don’t make a right.” – Proverb
This proverb takes a direct hit at hypocrisy and double standards, of which there seems to be plenty to go around when it comes to sexism. In short, a double standard is when a standard or rule is unfairly applied to a person or members of a group. Like when women tell men not to objectify them but feel perfectly okay with objectifying men.
It is easy to sympathise with the female position because there are many examples of women’s oppression through history. There were times when women were not allowed to vote or own property in some countries. Today there are women who find themselves in oppressive situations. This ranges from domestic violence and sexual harassment in the workplace to being told how to dress and being body shamed. [Read more…]