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News24.com | Google’s lobbying drives haste around Copyright Bill

2019-04-19 06:00 South Africa is clearly the latest terrain of a world-wide tug-war between creators of authored works, publishers, cultural industries, tech firms and their activists over the protection of copyright, writes Collen Dlamini. A European ruling by the EU Parliament holds tech giants responsible for compensating content creators and for removing copyright-violating posts, a powerful blow for the rights of creators against unfair exploitation of their work by multinational corporations. While the above is happening, a spotlight turns on South Africa, where pending legislation is poised to give the…

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News24.com | Why Steve Hofmeyr is increasingly being isolated

2019-04-18 12:29 Thanks to his popularity, Steve Hofmeyr’s race-baiting has been normalised over the years. He has been a fixture on society pages and the airwaves. But it seems those days are over, writes Pieter du Toit. Steve Hofmeyr is receiving his comeuppance. His racist comments, aggression, apartheid nostalgia and association with separatist organisations and right-wingers have finally caught up with the singer who calls himself a “volks-nationalist”. This week, broadcaster MultiChoice told the organisers of the Ghoemas, an Afrikaans music awards ceremony, that it would cancel its sponsorship of…

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News24.com | Election campaigns fail to answer the question on all South Africans’ minds

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and former president Jacob Zuma toast during the African National Congress’ (ANC) 107th anniversary celebrations at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on January 12, 2019. (Photo by Rajesh JANTILAL / AFP) South Africans don’t need any more criticism of the Zuma years. They have long critiqued that period while the ANC was pontificating about “collective responsibility”, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela. Call it wasted nine years or whatever, the single biggest political problem South Africa faced in the last few years, that brought about massive regression in…

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News24.com | On resurrections and superstitions

2019-04-17 18:00 The death of anyone is sad. The death of a young man is even sadder. But the death of a young man twice in a matter of weeks is actually quite tragic, writes Howard Feldman. I am totally freaked out, and I am more than a little surprised that others aren’t. Remember Elliot Moyo? His name was really Thabiso Proud Mlanje, and he was the bloke who was “resurrected” by Pastor Alph Lukai at the Alleluia Ministries International Church a few weeks ago? We all saw that video…

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News24.com | Time to get ‘smart on crime’

2019-04-17 10:11 Getting ‘tough on crime’ is a challenge for a government with a stretched budget such as ours. The brutal reality is that we must get ‘smart on crime’ instead, writes Ralph Clark. Rape, murder, robbery, gang and gun violence are a daily occurrence for many in South Africa – to the point that too many of us have become desensitised. And police leadership are rightly concerned about their ability to deliver critical services to all South Africans after nationwide stayaways apparently in protest against employment issues – which leave…

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News24.com | So what if I don’t watch Game of Thrones?

2019-04-17 08:10 Personally, I prefer fact to fiction and it sounds like all the intrigue, drama and politics of Game of Thrones is our everyday news cycle anyway, writes Mandy Wiener. I have no problem whatsoever if you’re a Throner. If you know your White Walkers of Westeros from your Night Watches or if you’re fluent in Dothraki or whatever warlock language it is they speak, all wrapped up in scraggly fur in badly lit caves. I am totally fine if you find your escape in watching cousins rape and…

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News24.com | The inconvenient truth about Alexandra

2019-04-17 08:56 In listening to the news, one could be forgiven for believing that the entire community of Alexandra had marched that day to Sandton. This never happened, writes Herman Mashaba. The people of Alexandra have many deep-rooted, long-standing and very legitimate grievances about their living environment. There can be no question about this. I recall on one of my many visits to Alexandra I met a young woman. She showed our delegation to her shack which had no toilet. When I asked her how she survived without a toilet,…

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News24.com | Alex shutdown might be only the beginning

2019-04-16 08:53 For people whose lives are constantly disrupted by poverty and general destitution, the idea that peaceful non-disruptive protests will highlight their plight is unrealistic, writes Ralph Mathekga. Just a few weeks before the May 8 elections, South Africa is grappling with service delivery protests which have been spreading across the country since the now infamous Alex shutdown. It is not surprising to see protests becoming widespread in the days leading up to the elections. Anyone who has observed South Africa’s elections in the past would know that this…

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News24.com | From Batohi to Kieswetter to Mkhwebane: Are our institutions up to the task?

2019-04-16 05:00 The imperative to restorate the integrity of key state institutions dictates that by the end of this year at the very least, cases must have been brought to court and convictions obtained, writes Serjeant at the Bar. Two interviews were conducted recently which prompted this column. David Lewis, the admirable head of the important NGO Corruption Watch spoke of the annual corruption report which his organisation produces. He noted that, unlike in previous years, some positive change had occurred, in particular the appointment of people of ability and…

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News24.com | Hear our voices on the Copyright Amendment Bill

2019-04-15 13:19 Dear Mr President We have marched. We have sung. We have written to our ministers. We have opened up a public debate on this issue, which is critical to our livelihoods and to our country’s future. We have followed due process, but as yet, we have not been heard. Now we implore you, sir, to hear our voices… We are a coalition of content creators from the publishing, music, film, animation, visual arts and other industries, who have come together to oppose the Copyright Amendment Bill in its…

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