Tag: Issue 112

Plight of fathers precluded from their paternal obligation

Some yearn to be present to witness the efforts of their children striving upward.

We live in times where a lot is said about how men desert their children, but we don’t hear about how some men cannot be fathers because they are precluded by the mothers of their children, and to some extent, by the law. My discussion focuses exclusively on that category of men who are willing to get involved in parenting but find themselves precluded from their paternal obligation.

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Now You Done Gone & Killed Me

ZB Molefe: In Memoriam. January 1944 —May 2019

Although at ZB’s it wasn’t so much the drama as the spirit taking responding to the proceedings conduction. Conducted by the ebullient MC, veteran journalist Phil “Bra Chippa” Molefe, the service resembled a blues, jazz, ragtag, funk and African gospel gumbo. Anecdotes, hot quips from family and friends, and musical traditions ranging from the blues to amaHobe entangled and climaxed into a multi-tribunal river of sounds of blackness.

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ZB Molefe: a scribe with pedigree, curiosity and resourcefulness

Zuluboy Arthur Molefe: January 5 1944 – May 31 2019

Zuluboy Arthur Molefe was one of a kind. Few scribes matched his pedigree, energy, curiosity and resourcefulness. He and others of this fast fading breed and generation, to borrow a bit of poetry, sparkle, even half seen, on the stretched forefinger of time.Death being death, it has been unkind to us lately, first claiming aunty Juby Mayet, the activist and campaign journalist of her time…

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Writing about rape

How should journalists report on this epidemic

The Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust recently held a writing workshop about the importance of writing about rape in a way that is not harmful to rape survivors, also empowering those who have undergone this traumatic event.Sexual violence in South Africa is rife. According to Statistics South Africa, the rape of South African women is among the highest in the world, and a total of 250 out of every 100 000 women…

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Honouring the superheroes of democracy

Qaanitah Hunter wins Nat Nakasa award

The Nat Nakasa awards truly showcase the best of journalism in South Africa today and reminds us about the need for journalists that report without fear or favour, who do not shy away from either the political or financial story, and who make stories accessible to a broader audience.South Africa is better off thanks to courageous journalists…

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Ramaphoria, no more than a fever dream

Bullet trains, skyscrapers and empty coffers

For South Africans however, the phrase appears indicative of the political situation. Years of scandalous activity have attracted media attention. The fifth parliament, with the embattled president Jacob Zuma at the helm, caused havoc and South Africa is still reeling from the effects of maladministration, deeply embedded corruption and outright theft. Daily, new details surface about fraud and dirty deals that robbed ordinary taxpayers…

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After the scramble: It’s time to return Africa’s vinyl records

“No longer should music be removed from the country in large amounts”

A flooding back of Africa’s cultural wealth from an era that is now three to four generations removed from the current generation would engender confidence and eradicate lingering notions of an empty history. It would remind everyone that we need not hark back to the ancient past or the great stories of medieval Africa to draw a sense of its centrality to world affairs, but only a few decades ago.

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Newly published book puts young ‘Heroes’ in the spotlight

Honesty, resilience, tact, empathy, thoughtfulness and sincerity

A new book, called Heroes, published by the organisation Activate! Change Drivers gives voice to the youth. Through Heroes, they hope to shine a light on everyday heroes and leaders who will stop at nothing to positively impact their surroundings. Heroes tells the stories of young people who have started their own businesses, overcome drug addiction, advocate for the LGBTQI+ community and much more.

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