What can be done about SA’s parastatals?

ScreenshotIn this piece for Biz4Afrika, I consider the possible solutions for South Africa’s state-owned enterprises, which almost all seem to have been embroiled in one or the other controversy over the last few months.

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We owe so much to Shakespeare

The English language is so rich, but it is amazing how many idioms we use today came from William Shakespeare.

Shakespeare’s gift to the English language; originally posted on TryLife on Facebook

Wouldn’t it be great if we started coining new idioms and phrases instead of using the same ones? Or do you think we should continue honouring Shakespeare’s work by using them every day?

Why the complaints over a plus-size model

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Myla Dalbesio

After Calvin Klein picked a so-called ‘plus-size’ model to model his new underwear, the Internet was in an uproar over the fact that she did not appear to be a plus-size model at all. But everyone thought the Internet was angry that he had used a plus-size model. I explain why the Internet was right.

Unfortunately the article is no longer available online.

{Image credit: Twitter/AnemoneOh}

Is Woolworths a victim of SM?

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A Woolworths Food store in Johannesburg, South Africa

Woolworths has been struggling with activists lately, who are hitting them from every end: they are in trouble over their organic labelling; in trouble with activists supporting Palestine and calling for a boycott because of the retailer’s relationship with Israeli suppliers; and even dealing with everyday issues, such as frogs in salads and worms in burgers.

But is it – and other major companies – just a victim of the digital era? I considered the question in a piece for Now! which is unfortunately no longer available online. It was one of my favourites! 😦

{Image credit: Jeff Attaway (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons}

A perspective on loadshedding

Wikimedia Commons/Gerhard Roux‘South Africans love to hate Eskom, and with good reason. No one likes having no hot water to bath in, no warm food and beverages to consume, no power to charge our beloved devices or watch television, and stubbing our toes on our furniture unrecognisable in the dark. At least, no one who actually has access to the luxury…’

Unfortunately the piece is no longer available online.

{Image credit: Gerhard Roux <gerhard@sundown.homeip.net> [GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons}

A look at fracking in South Africa

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A view of a fracking chimney

In November, Shell wished to discuss natural gas as a viable source of energy in South Africa. However, their means of acquiring natural gas supplies remains controversial.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, has already been banned in several countries throughout the world because of the damage it does to the ecosystems in which it is based.

In this piece for Now!, I considered whether natural gas and fracking should really be considered when all negative aspects are looked at. It is unfortunately no longer available online.

{Image credit Battenbrook (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons}

Keeping readers updated on the Ebola crisis

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An electron micrograph of a single Ebola virus.

I regularly updated readers of Now! on what was happening with regards to the Ebola epidemic, which swept through certain countries in north-west Africa and caused panic in the West after the first diagnosis in the United States.

Here are links to those updates:

7 November 2014: Ebola Update: Facebook Adds Donation Button (This piece is no longer available online)
29 October 2014: Ebola Update: DEC’s First Appeal for Help (This piece is no longer available online)
24 October 2014: Ebola: Panic in New York (This piece is no longer available online)
22 October 2014: Ebola Update: WHO Fast-Tracks Vaccines, Serums (This piece is no longer available online)
17 October 2014: SA’s Afcon Ebola Concerns Valid
16 October 2014: Ebola: Food Crisis, Supply Shortages at the Fore (This piece is no longer available online)
15 October 2014: Second Ebola Diagnosis Exposes Issues (This piece is no longer available online)
13 October 2014: Panic After New Ebola Case in Dallas
2 October 2014: Ebola Update: The Next Step (This piece is no longer available online)

Here‘s an opinion piece I wrote on the situation.

Oscar Pistorius’ victimhood

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South African runner Oscar Pistorius greeting fans after a race during the 2nd Kamila Skolimowska Memorial in Warsaw, Poland.

“All through Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius’ trial for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkmap through a locked toilet door with three bullets, the main narrative of the defence has starkly been that of Oscar as the victim rather than the person whom he killed.”

The athlete’s defence unwaveringly painted Oscar as a victim, scared to be a victim on the night of the murder and a victim of the prosecution, the media and the public thereafter.

Read more of my opinion here.

{Image credit: User:Kaston [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons}