Interesting Articles

Interesting articles from Awesome SA and South Africa.

Justin Foxton in his article writes: The journey to a country free of racism is one we must embark on intentionally - no matter our age - if we are to live free of the symptoms of this crippling disease:

The door to a non-racist South Africa is for each of us to to get to know people of colour that are different than our own. There are many South African's who do not see others by the colour of their skin - they recognise people for who they are as people. Let those of us who are working towards a non-racist society and building a better future for South Africa by being active citizens, join together on the free platform Together SA - Building Our Future, developed by South Africans for South Africans.

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This past week saw much hype around the FNB advertising campaign. Talk around the country focussed on whether the FNB advert was out of line, whether the ANC reaction was justified and if FNB should have canned their advert.

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South Africa is a country that has lived through one of the most frightening, riveting, and inspiring political revolutions in history. Real radical change faces each one of us every day. How do we deal with the mistrust that has crept in among our people from years of separation and confrontation?

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Karen de Villiers, a South African living in London writes for The South African newspaper and runs a business called Londongreenafrica and a website called London/Green/Africa.

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Nelson Mandela's recent birthday, which was celebrated throughout the world, gives us an opportunity to reflect on the leadership qualities that has made Madiba such a great man.

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This must be a very confusing week for you. You saw the children of Cosmos High trying to overturn a police van with school bags still strapped to their backs.

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Why am I writing this email? Because I'm getting the impression there are some depressed people walking around. Now there are a couple of potential reasons for this phenomenon...

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The words below from ex-president FW de Klerk are from the speech which he delivered to the Adele Searll Ladies 100 Club at the beginning of June. The speech includes a celebration of our achievements as a nation, a word of warning for the future and a call to action for each and every South African.

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Mr Chairman, Rector and staff, distinguished guests, parents and boys of Michaelhouse. Thank you Rector for your kind invitation to address this assembly today. I am always daunted at having to speak on so solem an occasion as a school "Speech Day: daunted by having to address two audiences at once - both who are hoping for an early lunch.

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In view of the furore around Prof. Jansens “pardoning” of the Reitz four a reading of the full speech is most enlightening. Sensational newspaper headlines did not help matters and after reading the speech one can see how Bishop Tutu could endorse his actions.

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Starting 3 years ago, the Presidency annually releases a set of development indicators measuring how SA is shaping up. 76 indicators, grouped around ten areas of our national life, are measured and compared over time. (A summary of this year’s indicators, compiled by the Presidency’s Joel Netshitenze, was distributed to BoE clients electronically).

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It is my contention that in the over 40 years that I have been associated with the JSE, South Africans have always over-reacted emotionally towards the exchange. When there is a bull market people believe it is never going to stop and when there is a bear market everyone believes that the sun will never shine again.

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25 November 2008 Mr Chairman, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Like many of my contemporaries in the business world, I am frequently asked how I remain so bullish in the face of the many challenges that confront South Africa. Particularly, there is often a hint of incredulity that Pick n Pay should continue to invest so confidently in a commercial environment that is threatened by very worrying levels of crime and violence, political uncertainty and deteriorating services.

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The general feeling among South Africans is doom and gloom based on various facts and perceptions. South Africa is the crime, murder and Aids capital of the world. It used to have the best roads and now they are full of potholes.

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I wanted to spend some time with you today reflecting on the last two or three months we have experienced as a nation. Some commentators have called this the "post-Polokwane Syndrome", after the events at the ANC National Conference in December, the outcome of which many have seen as negative.

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