Category Archives: Africa Politics

How can we get the English off our backs?

According to the outgoing director of the British Council in Namibia, Patience Mahlalela, the Afrikaans language is responsible for the slow development of English in schools and the general public in the country. “Too much Afrikaans is still spoken by … Lees voort

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Beware of intellectuals

I remain fascinated by the letter below to Business Day, which I archive here because I know Business Day – like most if not all on-line SA newspapers, just drop content from their website. It was written in a time … Lees voort

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Ever wondered why?

Below is part of a e-mail chain letter I received – It uses techniques of propaganda, but though I could see that, it still struck a note with me, particularly in view of Jack Straw’s pathetic admition that he always … Lees voort

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What really matters to the ANC

Watching a news item about Mark Thatcher’s trial I began to understand something about the ANC led government. The BBC cameras focussed on the court buiding where this short trial took place, and showed a hasty cleanup operation taking place. … Lees voort

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Self-publicist howto

1.  Get your photo published, including on the Web. 2.  The photo should be unusual in some way: Use a prop such as a cigar and an arrogant, ‘don’t mess with me’- stare (David Bullard) ***  Clive Simpkins doing the … Lees voort

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When can red and green meet?

CAFOD’s Golden Rules for gold mining are laudable, and I doubt that any reasonable person could disagree with them. The problem with CAFOD is that these rules are not what you see in the advertisements – only a headline-grabbing: “Gold … Lees voort

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Moneyweb’s Clive Simpkins and writing

This can happen to anyone who writes. You write something, and when people read it (perhaps including you, later on), they see merely a weak piece that reveals a lot about you, the writer, instead of something that is informative … Lees voort

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CAFOD purporting to speak on behalf of gold-mining communities

CAFOD, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, has a new campaign called Unearth Justice, which is aimed at the gold mining industry. The slogans of the campaign are: “Gold mining is one of the world’s dirtiest industries” “It can damage … Lees voort

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Which South African language will survive

In a previous post, I wrote about the predicted demise of African languages in South Africa. For a while I thought that perhaps the Prospect magazine article does not take into account the official status of some South African languages … Lees voort

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Too xenophobic and not competing for talent

In an article titled The Saga of the Returnee /Expatriate, the author, Frank Borteye, berates various Ghanaian attitudes. He complains about laziness, envy, self imposed barriers to success, and especially, a bad attitude towards Ghanaians who became rich. He writes … Lees voort

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