Our government’s blunders

Our government’s blunders


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

THE 104 YEAR OLD McCORD HOSPITAL, in KZN, will shut down this week. Why are they shutting down? No enough funding from the government. On the other side of…

Let‘s be free to choose, even when it comes to drugs


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

WHENEVER ONE MAKES A STATEMENT, I think it’s very important that we take an appropriate way of disputing it.  I recently echoed my thoughts on Twitter, on how our governments…

Reflecting on challenges in a bittersweet world


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

FEW WEEKS AGO I SAID MY next blog post will be about communism, whether the system would work for us today. But I’ve had a very bad week, to an extent…

Africa’s growth and challenges in a fast-growing world


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

IN 2000, THE ECONOMIST RELEASED THE COVER story about Africa, titled “The hopeless continent”.  At that time Sierra Leone was embroiled in a civil war that left more than 50,000…

Be proudly South African


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

I’M SO FORTUNATE I WAS BORN in 1988 – it’s a blessing. I’ve imagined many times how different my life would be had the opposite been true –…

Why the 21st century might not belong to China


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

THE EXTRAORDINARY RISE OF CHINA WILL always remain one of the great stories of the late 20th and early 21stcentury. China’s rise to riches can largely be attributed to the…

My brief thoughts on Syria and the Arab Spring


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

WHATEVER YOU AND I THINK, the future of Syria is now more predictable – al-Assad will fall. Since the anti-Assad protests began early last year, I think it’s…

Zuma’s Foreign Policy – a personal assessment


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

FOREIGN POLICY IS CRUCIAL FOR any government aiming to strengthen its relations with the rest of the world. Since World II the growing importance of foreign policy has…

Xenophobic attacks of 2008, we need to tighten our borders


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

I BELIEVE IN A SOCIETY THAT attracts all nations of the world. The xenophobic attacks of 2008 broke my heart and marred the image of Mandela’s rainbow nation. The…

Zimbabwe – a state whose reputation has been tarnished by its own liberation movement


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

WHEN I was a student in college, I encountered numerous Zimbabweans. Most of them were Shona, very intelligent, hard-working and focused.

Forming relationships with Zimbabweans in class was advantageous…