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News24.com | Mandy Wiener: I am here for Kim Clijsters’ comeback with working moms everywhere

2019-09-13 13:53 My experience is that pregnancies and the toll of raising small children can wear one down physically, writes Mandy Wiener. I’m the same age as Kim Clijsters. My two children are close in age to her two youngest (she has three). So when she announced a comeback to professional tennis at 36, I was impressed and inspired. Her decision is immense in many ways. I recently got onto a tennis court after several years off one and felt broken afterwards. Granted, I was never a professional athlete by…

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News24.com | Mpumelelo Mkhabela: Xenophobia is a symptom stalling SA’s nation building process

2019-09-13 06:50 The debate about whether South Africans are xenophobic or not is unhelpful. Only the nations within South African who have not reached the level of political development that enables them to appreciate their rights and responsibilities under the Constitution are likely to be involved in all manner of violence against fellow locals and foreign nationals, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela In one of his memorable and controversial speeches, former president Thabo Mbeki suggested South Africa was a country of two nations – one white and wealthy, the other black and…

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When Cows Compete With Students For Space In Ivory Towers By Olabisi Deji-Folutile

When countries around the globe are busy thinking of how to build world class universities that will have positive impacts on their societies, it is unfortunate that some universities in Nigeria could still be burdened with the task of keeping cows away from their classrooms. Sometimes, stories about happenings in Nigeria are just unbelievable. Or, how can anyone fathom a cry for help by a university to curtail cattle invasion of its premises?  This is pure tragedy especially now that many universities are working on attracting more funds   to embark…

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News24.com | OPINION | A new narrative could tackle anti-migrant crisis in South Africa

2019-09-12 06:03 Government, police, immigration officials and ordinary South Africans contribute to the normalisation of criminal and xenophobic attitudes among South African citizens and migrants, writes Cuthbeth Tagwirei. African migrants have once again been targeted for looting, violence and displacement in South Africa. Not only are the events reminiscent of 2008, 2015 and 2017: The narratives explaining them and the measures suggested to deal with them are more or less the same. In 2008, when public attention to attacks on African migrants became global for the first time, then president…

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Racism And Xenophobia: Echoes From South Africa In A Troubled Continent By Erasmus Ikhide

Those, who are still hoping that the African continent might someday reinvent itself for the better are at best hallucinating, at worst living in the world that’s out of it. Africa has remained a basket case and no amount of outward buck-passing on “How Europe Underdeveloped Africa” can change the self-afflicted tragedy the continent had visited upon itself long after independence. Even at that, the two countries in Africa – Ethiopia and Liberia – that were never colonised are devoid of provable positive indicators to suggest that the African continent…

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News24.com | OPINION: SA is making headlines worldwide, and not in a good way

2019-09-11 15:53 The terrible combination of gender-based violence and xenophobia has become an international story. South Africa is trending around Africa and the world, and not in a good way, writes Howard Feldman. Remember the story of the Chilean miners who were trapped underground? On August 5, 2010, a rockfall at a copper-gold mine in San Jose trapped 33 men 700m beneath the earth’s surface. There was little hope of saving them. And yet, 69 days later, they were brought to the surface and reunited with their families. How did…

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We Cannot Stop Killing Nigerians! By Femi Fani-Kayode

“We cannot stop the xenophobic attacks. The truth is that we are an angry nation. What is happening cannot be prevented by any Government.”- Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Defence, South Africa.  Yet another insulting, provocative and irresponsible statement from a senior figure in the South African Government.  First, it was their Minister of Police who said that in some towns in South Africa the population was 80% foreign and that they could not take it anymore.  Then it was their Minister of Foreign Affairs who said that Nigerians were drug-dealers…

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9/11 And Misconception Of The Religion Of Peace By Hannatu Musawa

On Tuesday, September 11th, 2001 when four passenger jets were hijacked and intentionally crashed in the United States of America, killing nearly 3,000 people, many knew that it was the start of a dark era in the stability of the world order. However, few would have imagined eighteen years on, the effects of that fateful day would continue to be felt around the world in such the raw manner that it is being felt. Apart from all the talk of terror and war associated with that day, the one common…

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News24.com | OPINION | Xenophobia: Time for cool heads to prevail in Nigeria and South Africa

2019-09-11 10:38  Xenophobia is a distraction from the leadership role that Nigeria and South Africa should play on the continent on fundamental issues of immigration and economic integration, writes Gilbert M. Khadiagala. The latest xenophobic attacks in South Africa have ignited the long-standing tensions between the country and Nigeria. These are captured in the retaliatory attacks on South African businesses in Nigeria and the diplomatic outrage by Nigerian authorities. Nigeria also boycotted the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Cape Town. More critical was the temporary closure of South…

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News24.com | Melanie Verwoerd: Are we judging President Ramaphosa too harshly?

2019-09-11 09:25 There were totally unrealistic expectations as to what Cyril Ramaphosa could have done after becoming president. He inherited a gigantic mess. Yet somehow, many people thought Ramaphosa was going to be a cross between Madiba’s magic and Thabo Mbeki’s Mr Delivery and thus, we were going to see a massive change very quickly, writes Melanie Verwoerd. Ramaphosa has had a tough week. Undoubtedly, he was looking forward to the World Economic Forum in Cape Town – it was his time to show off South Africa and of course, also take…

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