Tag: Issue 116

Tracking Saul ‘Mayimayi’ Msane’s roots

A hometown hero who was once labelled enemy of the people

I was 19 in first year undergraduate school at the University of the Free State (UFS) in 2008, a year after Jacob Zuma rose to power at the Polokwane conference, amidst much controversy. Mosiuoa Lekota was one of those who went off to form and launch a break away opposition party Congress of the People (COPE). All roads led to UFS’s South Campus to hear Zuma’s condemnation of the breakaway party at an ANC-led meeting.

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No spanking, no smacking, spare the rod

Will the new Con court ruling stop violence in its tracks?

In many households the unspoken rule is “you spare the rod, you spoil the child”. Parents pride themselves on adopting a discipline strategy that involves spanking their children. Today this attitude has been adopted by some black youth, believing that this has moulded them into the adults they now are. While it is true that this form of discipline deterred us from behaving badly in the short term, the truth is that this negative reinforcement misinforms…

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Pushing pause on gender-based violence

Does media reflect a violent society, or does it play a role in perpetuating violence?

As parents we raise our children with the belief and hope that they will always be safe no matter where they go. But it appears that the predators are often closer than expected. Games and films filled with violence are in our homes, on the Internet and on our smartphones.

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Moon people: An interview with Nuotama Bodomo

On the 50th anniversary of humans landing on the moon, we take you back to Zambia’s attempt to achieve that feat

This year marks the 50th anniversary of humans landing on the moon. And while the United States was the first country to achieve this feat, the effort to send people to the moon has taken place all over the world. Zambia’s National Academy of Science, Space Research and Philosophy come to mind. We spoke briefly with director Nuotama Bodomo, who tells this story in her short film “Afronauts” (that you can now view in full online on the occasion of this anniversary), and which will be developed into a feature.

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