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By fstimes On 14 Dec, 2013 At 10:06 AM | Categorized As Columns, Comment | With 0 Comments
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AS South Africa and the whole world celebrate the life of anti-apartheid struggle hero Nelson Mandela, who passed on at 95 last Thursday, it is almost impossible to find anything else that hasn’t been said yet about his greatness. He has been eulogised as an icon of peace and reconciliation who came to personify the […]

By fstimes On 3 Dec, 2013 At 07:10 AM | Categorized As Comment | With 0 Comments

EVERY day we are reminded of the grim reality of HIV when we see relatives, friends, neighbours and workmates succumbing to Aids-related illnesses. Depressing statistics are always at hand to complete the picture of the crisis we are facing in South Africa. More than five million South Africans are living with HIV, including over 300 […]

By fstimes On 23 Nov, 2013 At 11:24 AM | Categorized As Comment | With 0 Comments
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THE Free State provincial government is coughing out a staggering R26.9 million to cover a shortfall incurred in staging this year’s edition of the Mangaung African Cultural Festival (Macufe) held in October. Initially, the organisers of the annual festival had a R16.5 million kitty which they had indicated was not going to be enough to […]

By fstimes On 17 Nov, 2013 At 05:18 PM | Categorized As Columns, Comment | With 0 Comments
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SOUTH Africa’s police officers are increasingly becoming indistinguishable from the bullies and the bad guys that for long have given our country a bad name. Now, with police officers stealing the limelight by committing rapes, murders and robberies, we could be firmly on the road to total lawlessness. This week, we were shocked to learn […]

By fstimes On 11 Nov, 2013 At 08:21 AM | Categorized As Comment | With 0 Comments

THERE is never a day that passes without a rape, molestation or sexual abuse being reported across the country. About 3 600 cases of rape are reported a day in South Africa, according to one survey. And at least 41 percent of the victims are believed to be children. We believe sexual abuse of children is […]

By fstimes On 4 Nov, 2013 At 02:46 PM | Categorized As Comment | With 0 Comments
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AS South Africa’s matriculants started sitting for their final examinations this week, we were left distressed after discovering the high school dropout rate continues to hover at frighteningly alarming levels. Out of the 62 751 Free State learners who enrolled for Grade One in 2002 and should ordinarily be writing their school-leaving exams this year, only […]

By fstimes On 4 Nov, 2013 At 02:48 PM | Categorized As Comment | With 0 Comments
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Munene Mwaniki SOME pieces of academic thought and writing are simply timeless. It is for this reason that such pieces come to occupy that rarefied pedestal of intellectual endeavour of being a magnum opus in a particular discipline or discourse. Just sample the following: “Justice is the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is […]

By fstimes On 25 Oct, 2013 At 02:43 PM | Categorized As Comment | With 0 Comments

Munene Mwaniki IN 1995 – armed with an honours degree in education specialising in English and literature in English – I was posted to Kiptulus High School in what is today Nandi County in Kenya as a graduate teacher. However, 1995 stands out for me because it was in that year while teaching in Nandi […]

By fstimes On 18 Oct, 2013 At 02:54 PM | Categorized As Comment | With 0 Comments

WHILE gospel musician Sechaba Pali, 32, has been spared five years in jail after he was found guilty of having sex with an underage girl, the court’s decision to wholly suspend the sentence in no way suggests the crime wasn’t so bad. And that the 14-year-old victim might have willingly slept with the married star […]

By fstimes On 18 Oct, 2013 At 02:37 PM | Categorized As Comment | With 0 Comments

Munene Mwaniki IN what seems like a lifetime gone by, this column ran an article entitled “A facade of intellectualism”. In that instalment I strongly defended South Africa’s academy from what I perceived then – and still do – as unwarranted attacks by a clique of pseudo-intellectuals whose calculus in the dog-game of private and […]