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Freakonomics

Freakonomics

When I started reading Freakonomics, the prescribed textbook for my 3rd year B.Com Finance student friend, I was a bit skeptical. As skeptical as I am of much else her course has to offer. I am a Humanities graduate. And as I read, “Morality (I read: Humanities), it could be argued, represents the way that people would like the world …

Buyable freedom

Buyable freedom

As I’m sure is the case in other localities, back home in KZN when stories involving local public figures make national headlines, they are sure to flood our front pages for as long as can be. The big stories in July, when I was last there, were suspended Hibiscus Coast Municipality (HCM) health director and convicted drug trafficker Sheryl Cwele …

As I take the next step…

As I take the next step…

As I’m sure is the case for most of my colleagues about to fold over their undergraduate years, an unfamiliar word dominating my thoughts lately is employment and well in a phrase, growing up. This past weekend I learnt that an old high school friend had bought her first car. Another had gotten engaged and still another gave birth. And …

I miss JayZet

I miss JayZet

Two years in office and our used-to-be popular president Jacob Zuma is constantly subjected to criticism from his political counterparts in the media. While former president Thabo Mbeki’s brother, Moeletsi Mbeki, can be forgiven for his ‘disrespectful and disingenuous’ remarks as per ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu, Zuma did after all usurp (I mean democratically attain) his brother’s throne and well …

The ET (extra-terrestrial) gatekeepers of new media

The ET (extra-terrestrial) gatekeepers of new media

As you will have noticed, exPress imPress has been busy with exams so our posts have not been as frequent recently. But in between exams, Matshidiso Omega Moagi has found time to reflect on the emancipatory nature of the internet. Is it really a technology of freedom?
For a long time I unashamedly professed that I owed much of my emancipated …

Reviewing ‘Khumbul’ekhaya’

Reviewing ‘Khumbul’ekhaya’

Matshidiso Omega Moagi reviews the play Khumbul’ekhaya which was part of the recent WALE festival at the University of the Witwatersrand.
If you are too far from your roots you can only live in branches: Khumbul’ekhaya (remember home).
“Let me take you back to a place where it all began… when the silences meant more than what was said. These ears cried …

He who lives in a glass house should not throw stones

He who lives in a glass house should not throw stones

In January 2010, the ANCYL filed a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) against the DA-led municipality in Cape Town for the installation of open toilets for Makhaza residents. And for months to come, the ANC would use the incident as the why-you-should-not-vote-for-the DA-card! ANCYL President Julius Malema was on the forefront of the court proceedings on …

Religion (mis)used as the opium of the masses in politics?

Religion (mis)used as the opium of the masses in politics?

Local government elections are around the corner and yes, it is that time again where election buzz dominates our media. I have been bitten by the bug myself. However I am concerned about the undemocratic and unscrupulous (I think) tendencies in political campaigns of likening political affiliations to religious ones. What is it with politicians and using religious connotations in …

Are we heading toward a society of many Martin Sudgens?

Are we heading toward a society of many Martin Sudgens?

Two weeks ago, I read the story Racist ‘jibes’ led to murder in The Star and it left me in complete ambivalence. Like any other ‘normal’ law-abiding citizen, I was obviously shocked by the gruesomeness of the murder. However, I was even more astounded – in a diametrically opposite direction – by the story behind it. Basically, the allegations were …

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