Winnie Madikizela Mandela and Graca Machel) Funeral service of the Late Former President Nelson Mandela

Mama Winnie’s rights and customs of AbaThembu

According to the Daily Dispatch of October 16, Chief Daludumo Mtirara stated that the Mandela  family was  shocked when Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela had worn mourning clothes during a cleansing ceremony (following Madiba’s passing) but they kept quiet because they did not want to embarrass her as an elderly woman.


Dice loaded against black actors and filmmakers

The imminent screening of the new look Generations TV series, which has been off the air since its producer fired the cast last month, should sound an ominous knell for every black creative in South Africa.

A woman carrying her child on her back walks past Holomisa Squatter Camp where about 300 shacks were destroyed on Thursday. Most of the thousand residents were already rebuilding their homes with the scraps of zinc and wood remaining. Picture ALAN EASON 09/08/13  ©DAILY DISPATCH

20 years on, bad roads keep rural poor shackled

Twenty years after South Africa gained freedom and democracy, the question is whether this freedom is for the urban population only or is it for both rural and urban populations?


Gender parity must consider difference

In recent weeks many people were shocked to read that the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) refused an application of a judge sitting in Mthatha to be transferred to the Bhisho court, where a vacancy had to be filled.

1898 Sekuru Kaguvi and Mbuya Nehanda … As the spiritual leaders of the Shona, they provided inspiration the revolt against the British South Africa Company’s colonisation of Mashonaland and Matabeleland (now Zimbabwe). Nehanda and her ally Kaguvi were eventually captured and executed by the British

Ludicrous to say colonial exploitation served good

LIKE many Africans, I sometimes wonder what life would have been like had colonialists not arrived in Africa. It was inevitable therefore, that my blood boiled when I read the downright insulting article

General Solly

R42- billion for what exactly?

THE South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is drowning in a sea of mismanagement, corruption, political manipulation and strategic myopia.

General Motors  assembly plant in Port Elizabeth .
 Picture: Michael Pinyana

Take a lesson from Oz motor industry oblivion

SOUTH Africa’s motor industry must avoid following its Australian counterpart into oblivion, or risk losing not only tens of thousands of jobs but also scarce manufacturing skills.

Mtobeli Mxotwa is the spokesman of the Ministry of Rural Development and Land Reform. Picture: Supplied

Farm evictions an evil that must be stopped

IT IS a cold spring day on the West Coast and rural folk huddle around fires to save themselves from howling, biting winds coming in from the Atlantic.

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