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By fstimes On 6 Dec, 2013 At 12:31 PM | Categorized As Columns, Leader, Local, Mandela Special Edition, National, News, Opinion, Provincial | With 0 Comments
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OFTEN referred to as “the trial that changed South Africa”, the Rivonia trial saw Nelson Mandela and nine other top leaders of the ANC and its Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) guerrilla wing stand trial in October 1963 on charges of committing sabotage and attempting to overthrow South Africa’s apartheid government. The trial named after the […]

By fstimes On 6 Dec, 2013 At 12:47 PM | Categorized As Columns, Leader, Local, Mandela Special Edition, National, News, Opinion, Provincial | With 0 Comments
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NELSON Mandela guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy, as an icon of peace and reconciliation who came to embody the struggle for justice around the world. Imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against white minority rule, Mandela emerged determined to use his prestige and charisma to bring down […]

By fstimes On 14 Oct, 2013 At 11:12 AM | Categorized As Columns, Leader | With 0 Comments
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Munene Mwaniki WHAT drives people to be corrupt? With all due respect to those among the rank and file of South Africa’s public service corps who put in an honest effort, allow me to ask: what makes public sector functionaries, especially at managerial level who enjoy the highest salaries and perks in Africa if not […]

By fstimes On 8 Oct, 2013 At 09:14 AM | Categorized As Leader | With 0 Comments
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Munene Mwaniki THE public intellectual is at it again – speaking home truths, especially to those among us to whom denialism and belligerence are common currency and stock in trade. Let me make one thing clear upfront: I never aspire to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Not that the accolade is questionable or unattainable, but […]

By fstimes On 1 Oct, 2013 At 09:02 AM | Categorized As Leader | With 0 Comments
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Munene Mwaniki WE live in treacherous and perilous times. Oftentimes, we have this perpetual feeling of being hemmed in. When it is not the volatility of the rand and the markets and the havoc these wreak on our purchasing power, we have to worry about the level of service delivery especially from local government agencies […]

By fstimes On 23 Sep, 2013 At 02:44 PM | Categorized As Leader | With 0 Comments
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Munene Mwaniki ON occasion I have commented on South Africa’s higher education landscape – as an insider and, dare I say, as an outsider of sorts. My occasional interest in our higher education landscape is premised on a somewhat deep understanding of the actual and latent role that higher education plays in developing economies and […]

By fstimes On 31 Aug, 2013 At 03:30 PM | Categorized As Columns, Leader | With 0 Comments
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Munene Mwaniki THE controversy over the decision by the National Empowerment Fund to fund Ndalo Luxury Ventures’ luxury store Luminance, owned by Khanyi Dhlomo, to the tune of more than R34 million has once again cast the spotlight on Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) and the role that this democratic South Africa’s flagship socio-economic policy should […]

By fstimes On 9 Aug, 2013 At 11:31 AM | Categorized As Columns, Leader | With 0 Comments
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MY readers will recall that in 2012 I spent substantial time on a research sabbatical in the United States. From the opinion pieces that I penned during that time, my readers will also recall that my sojourn coincided with the high and silly season of American presidential and congressional elections. And like all things American, […]

By fstimes On 9 Aug, 2013 At 11:39 AM | Categorized As Leader | With 0 Comments

TOMORROW we celebrate Women’s Day, marking exactly 57 years since 20 000 South African women marched against laws that required black people to carry a special identification document known as the “pass”. That ridiculous document curtailed the movement of non-white South Africans during the apartheid era. Thanks to the efforts of women, our country kissed […]

By fstimes On 3 Aug, 2013 At 09:26 AM | Categorized As Leader | With 0 Comments
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MY readers will recall that sometime back I promised to run an instalment tackling what — for lack of a better reference — I referred to as “politics of conscience”. After my last instalment, a good friend told me she was sick about our incessant whining about the residual effects of colonialism and/or apartheid. Granted. […]