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The Orange Farm Ball

The dance card had been completed before the ball began. The streets outside the SA–Israel Expo that took place in Sandton, Johannesburg yesterday were always going to see protests and picketing, demeaning and denial and the regular well-worn toasts to

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Much Ado About Nothing – South Africa and WikiLeaks

It has taken a while, but finally, earlier this week, South Africans awoke to the announcement that we had our very own Wikileaks scandal, at last. To add to the wonder, it all happened at the very same time when

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One Wife Too Many

The problem with having a bunch of wives is that should one of them decide to poison you, well, she is more likely to get away with it for a lot longer than one would ideally like. And if you

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First World Problems

In a world gone mad, where Ministers embrace terrorists, where power outages are daily and the economy is stumbling and faltering, where moral degradation threatens to sweep us away in its powerful current, where our hands burn from desperately clutching

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Generators and Stuff to keep the Lights On

For South Africans, the Grudge Purchase of 2015, thus far, has got to be a back up generator. No longer able to rely on the country’s energy supply company, ESKOM, customers have been forced to either make a plan, or

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Failure of Power

The threat of a countrywide blackout is slowly sneaking into the public domain. A hint here and a veiled reference there, and suddenly it is all around us. It is slowly taking shape in our consciousness and we can’t quite

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Bring Back Our Girls – when good whatssapps go bad

The delicate flowers of the 2014 Kfar Group left for Israel earlier this week. The program is a 10-week one where 16-year-old girls and boys have the opportunity to study at an Israeli school, tour the country and gain leadership

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ESKOM and the GOD Delusion

It’s a miserable day in Johannesburg. It’s a dark morning with low clouds and a cold uncomfortable breeze that catches you off guard. It’s meant to be a bright summer’s day but God and Eskom have decided that there is

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Oscar – Questioning Justice

Some years ago, in my final year of Law School, my partner and I were asked to defend a young man who had been charged with the murder, during a drunken brawl on Christmas Day. Both were 18. The story

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A Stone Throw Away

I was driving to an appointment a few weeks ago, half listening to a debate on the radio when the words, “Our Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him” caught my ear, so to speak. I turned up the volume and

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