What could be more innocuous than a handshake? Not a special handshake, but a conventional handshake where the only contact is between the two hands. Well, using the pretext of being anti-Islamic, two Muslim brothers have objected to shaking the hand of their female teacher.
This has resulted in numerous educational department rulings & reversals as this issue wends its way through officialdom and ultimately the Courts in Switzerland.
Main picture: No handshake exemption for Muslim pupils, Swiss canton rules
After having been involved in an altercation with a white couple about a parking space at Makro on Human Rights Day, I then heard about a racist incident at Spur on 702 Talk Radio an hour later? That led me to cogitate on the nature of altercations in a racially polarised society.
Main picture: A tyrannical bully at work
In my mind, there are two notorious tweeters: Donald Trump & Helen Zille. Both use it to vent their frustrations. In neither case has its output been beneficial to the sender. In Helen’s case, it could result in some drastic action shortly.
What is the prognosis?
Main picture: Helen Zille autobiography as portrayed on social media
This is a timely reminder of one of the consequences of the ill-considered land invasion policy of the ZANU-PF in Zimbabwe. It was recently revealed by the Finance Minister of Zimbabwe.
Will the likes of Julius Malema and the EFF take cognaissance of this open admission of this policy’s devastating consequences?
Main picture: Timber plantations in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe Continue reading
Maybe governments employ computers to process and record transactions and store data but by a large measure, the mindset is still 19th century. At best, their current practices are still in the mid 20th century mode. What will it take to bring it in line with Best Practice?
Pictures: All of them are photographs of Port Elizabeth 100 years ago. The main picture was taken outside the Edward Hotel in Belmont Terrace
Before the advent of the domestication of plants, man led a carefree existence. They roamed in groups from location to location in search of food. If food was readily available in an area, they might settle for a while but, being itinerants, they carried little. Furthermore, they sought shelter rather than built shelter.
What happened when they elected to settle permanently in an area and to domesticate plants and animals? Will another orthodoxy be overthrown in this debate?
Main picture: The false idyll of domestication
Given the fact that a modern Main Battle Tank such as the basic Abrams M1A2 now costs $10 million [R 150m], even a modest fleet of 300 tanks would today be prohibitively expensive at a cost of R 44 billion.
If so, how can any self respecting nation with a pretence of having an army still afford them?
If not, what is the alternative?
Main picture: Stridsvagn 103
Bereft of options, the guilty are at their most disingenuous, duplicitous and mendacious. Even the guile card is now useless. If they are in a supreme position of power, they are especially dangerous as they can abuse their authority and the levers of powers.
It is instructive to recall that Zuma’s 2016 was an unmitigated disaster. From losing his case in the Constitutional Court to the ANC losing control in three Metros after the local government elections, Zuma has been on the defensive. Then came the most galling of all: an attempted vote of no confidence in his leadership within the NEC.
As he surely will, what will the wounded Zuma do as a counter strike in 2017?
Main picture: South African president Jacob Zuma (2nd R), the man with nine lives, poses for photographs with an assortment of his wives: Sizakele Khumalo (R), Nompumelo Ntuli (L), and Thobeka Mabhija (2-L) after the State of The Nation address in Parliament, in Cape Town, on June 03, 2009. The rest were indisposed.
If Joe Slovo or Chris Hani were to suddenly reappear in South Africa what would their first impressions be? Similarly with Hendrik Verwoerd or D.F. Malan? Even for those who have lived through this tumultuous transition, is the current status quo what they envisioned?
Main picture: Cape Town in all its splendor