Best of Voices: Welcome to Kickback Country

2017-07-31 15:38


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For connoisseurs of South African politics, the next installment to watch will be on August 8th when Parliament votes on the motion of no confidence tabled against President Jacob Zuma. 

Although Mr. Zuma survived countless motions in the past, this time he has to do some real work to ensure that he survives. In the previous motions, Zuma did not have to lift a finger to see another day as the president of the country. This time however, the president’s allies are resorting to threats and aggression as they attempt to encourage ANC members not to get carried away and start thinking that they can follow their conscience when casting their votes on the motion, writes Ralph Mathekga.

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Introduction to Kickback Country

The world is a very different place today and there are numerous alternatives available to school leavers. In particular South Africa offers enormous opportunities to those wishing to specialise in “Kickbacks and Commissions”.

South Africa is after all kickback county.

In order to maximise this industry, formalisation and regulation is required. Further, a structured education programme needs to be provided for those wishing to gain access to the industry.

Below are some thoughts that educationalists might want to consider when designing the curriculum, writes Howard Feldman.

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Helpmekaar not preparing learners for the real world

On Saturday past my son's school was playing rugby against Helpmekaar Kollege. 

For a second I couldn't help feeling sorry for those Helpmekaar boys. In my view, these amazing boys are brought up in a society that's going to leave them so confused and possibly, at some point, angry. 

At home and at school, they are cushioned in a cocoon of Afrikanerdom. They speak the same language, they are all white and they almost look alike. That's the ideal their families and school want for them.

But in reality they have to coexist with other people. They have to play against mixed race schools, fathom black referees (like on Saturday), be forced to acknowledge and applaud black players from the other school(s), writes Rams Mabote.

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