Category Archives: Personal Responsibility

Digging deeper beyond Marikana: the ‘hut tax’, patriarchy and South Africa’s ‘tectonic shift

Digging deeper beyond Marikana: the ‘hut tax’, patriarchy and South Africa’s ‘tectonic shift

Tweet By: Amkelwa Mapatwana Much has been written about the events of the 16th of August 2012 at the Marikana/Lonmin mines in South Africa in the past few weeks. Many commentators have noted how the event revived key brutal misuse of power by the apartheid government against the then disenfranchised black South Africans at key events… Continue Reading

Driving licenses as a case study of African Corruption and opportunity for leadership

Driving licenses as a case study of African Corruption and opportunity for leadership

Tweet Every year in any given bustling city on the African continent, a myriad people stand in endless queues in several ministries, city councils and other government offices to obtain driving licenses, permits of all sorts, certification of documents and so on and so forth. Should one be unable to adequately pass the required tests… Continue Reading

Beyond good intentions- Joining the conversation on public charity

Beyond good intentions- Joining the conversation on public charity

Tweet “There exists the argument that some returned volunteers have gained insight into the damage they have done to others – and thus become more mature people. Yet it is less frequently stated that most of them are ridiculously proud of their “summer sacrifices.” Perhaps there is also something to the argument that young men… Continue Reading

Twitter and Facebook – African(nising) the right of women to the internet

Twitter and Facebook – African(nising) the right of women to the internet

Tweet In a 2011 report[1], the United Nations (UN) counted internet access as a basic human right. However Vinton G. Cerf in the New York Times earlier this year noted that arguments to the effect that internet access is a basic human right “however well meaning, misses a larger point: technology is an enabler of… Continue Reading

Homophobia and prejudice

Homophobia and prejudice

Tweet by Faduma Abukar The Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality bill, as an illustration of the penalization of homosexuality in Africa, has been under the spotlight in the last few years. Furthermore, homosexuality is considered to be taboo in African societies. When discussions are not paralyzed by a perfect denial of its existence, it is expressed through vivid… Continue Reading

African languages under threat: What is killing African languages?

Tweet One may be wondering about the difference between an endangered language and an extinct one. The thing is that there is no difference because they both lead to the same result: extinction. A loss of a language is a loss of a large and unique repertoire of human knowledge. An endangered language usually has… Continue Reading

Feminism, Gender-Equality and Women Wanting to take over the World – Is this really what it is all about?

Tweet Not too long ago, I was involved in a heated debate with some friends and colleagues regarding Gender Equality. Rather shockingly, most of them, despite being well educated, cultured and well read, were convinced that what we ‘feminists’ were promoting was an ‘equality of the sexes’. This opinion was shared by both the men… Continue Reading

Black on Black Hi’s: Can’t We all Just Get Along?

Tweet First I’ll start by saying I am an African American. I love that description especially given the types of names Black Americans have been called. But beyond that legacy it has come to mean a lot more to me now that I’ve been to the African continent a few times and had a chance… Continue Reading

African sexuality: The marketing of a heterosexual continent

Tweet A key aspect of the argument against homosexuality within the African context is simply that it is ‘unAfrican’. Besides the obvious debate over what exactly is, and what is not African, this widely assumed position is equally as puzzling. For my part, I grew up around/and or with ‘homosexuality’. I recall that, though I… Continue Reading

Theorising Africa’s Problems, Solutions and Experiences: Why we need African Studies as a Field of Specialization.

Tweet Theory is as complex a concept as reality itself. One often wonders at what point these two facets of life meet, or if ever at all they do. For most of us who have decided to undertake Post Graduate studies in the Social Sciences, this question becomes even more relevant as we pore through… Continue Reading