[lg policy] Best Of The Blogs January 20:

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Sat Jan 20 10:37:01 EST 2018

Best Of The Blogs January 20: Read These Right Now Catch up on this week's
best blogs.


20/01/2018 13:53 SAST | *Updated* 3 hours ago

*1. Patricia De Lille And The Battle For The Soul Of Cape Town *

The city of Cape Town with the DA at the helm had for years pursued an
agenda of "transformation of a special type". This was anchored by the DA's
principle of equal opportunity, a highly criticised policy that purported
to present equal opportunity to an unequal society with unequal access to
those equal opportunities. This approach ultimately led to cosmetic changes
at a very superficial level, but failed to deliver any substantive changes
that would alter the structural nature of the city's inequality, writes
Lukhanyo Vangqa

*2. The Idea Of Scrapping Universities Is Tempting, But...*

The temptation to suggest that South Africa forgo university education
grows when people who completed their university studies use the knowledge
they gained to allegedly cook the books or act less than honourably, as we
have seen with Steinhoff's Markus Jooste and KPMG SA. However, despite this
temptation, it would be hypocritical for those of us who have university
qualifications to say that South Africa should forgo universities
altogether –– because it is like setting alight the bridge once we have
reached the other side of the river, denying others the experience, writes
Jeanette Buis

*3. H&M – Everyone Is To Blame For This Monkey On Our Back*

While the brouhaha over the H&M "monkey" hoodie advertisement appears to
reflect wholesale anger with a pugnacious brand personality, individual
preferences and the reality of economic and racial stratifications have
regularly shown how consumers remain quite selective – and plain slippery –
about the brands they choose to pick commercial fights with, says Tafi Mhaka


*4. Lungi Ngidi And Rising Black Excellence In SA Sport 🇿🇦*

It has been 24 years since South Africa became a democratic country, and 27
since we returned to international sport after the release of Nelson
Mandela heralded the dismantling of apartheid. In this period, we have had
our fair share of national glory and pain in sports – but the perennial
holy grail has been effective transformation. Read more

*5. Mandy Wiener: Is The Sun Finally Setting On Richard Mdluli? *

Mdluli has always maintained that there is a political conspiracy against
him. He even has a name for it - *Ulibambe lingashoni*, which loosely
translated means "Don't let the sun set". It seems now that the sun is
finally setting on Richard Mdluli. He is taking his pension and riding off
into the sunset. But you can be sure this will not be the last you hear of
him. He has left a trail of destruction at the NPA and the police in his
wake, and the cost of that far exceeds the R8-million he has pocketed in
the process. Read more

*6. There Is A Recurring Pattern Of Violence Against Women In The EFF*

The media is obsessed with every move that the EFF makes. They have to be –
Julius Malema's proximity to white supremacists like Lord Renwick has the
media eating out of the palm of his hand, so fundamental issues are seldom
covered. If ever a story deserved more coverage by the mainstream media,
it's the persistence of violence against black women in the EFF, writes
Thabi Myeni

*7. Panyaza Lesufi: 'Language Policies A Crude Form Of Racism' *

Getty This philosophy of racial division and cultural and language
individualism remains entrenched in our education system. That is why
Hoërskool Overvaal's legal victory in keeping out 55 Grade 8
English-speaking learners from the Afrikaans school in Vereeniging was a
major setback for transformation and the struggle for a nonracial society
and should be repudiated, says the Gauteng MEC for basic education.


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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