Where are we going?

To be human is to be a part of society. But society does not exist of itself. It changes only through the actions of its individuals, actions both small and big. These articles focus on the nuances of social action, that which is needed to be human.

OPINION: Decolonising the Decolonisation of South African Writing
The Long Road Ahead for the Rainbow Nation
Sisonke Msimang’s Public Lecture on the State of South Africa’s Identity
My thoughts on the state of South African publishing industry, if not the world’s.
The Ides of a South African March
Why I’m doing this
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OPINION: Decolonising the Decolonisation of South African Writing

I attended the Decolonising South African Editing event at Wits University. And as always with public debates in South Africa, things go wild.

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The Long Road Ahead for the Rainbow Nation

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, has declared that the motion of no confidence will be conducted by secret ballot. What does this mean?

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Sisonke Msimang’s Public Lecture on the State of South Africa’s Identity

I am proud of and enamoured by Sisonke Msimang. Have a read of this excellent excerpt from her public lecture last week! It was mind-blowing, absolutely shattering, and confirms my belief in our people, how far South Africa has come, and how to figure where it must now go. The video will come in June! UPDATE: The talk, Eyes on the back of our heads: Recovering a multi-cultural South Africa, can now be accessed hereĀ and here.

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My thoughts on the state of South African publishing industry, if not the world’s.

On a South African radio show, a few writers and publishers got together to discuss the current revolutions taking place in South African publishing.

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The Ides of a South African March

Okay, here’s my end of March rant because I’ve had enough of South Africa’s chaos, and of standing aside by not speaking out about it. And for this, I’ll need to channel my favourite angry white man in this message. First, there’s a pervading myth about SA and books, in that South Africans don’t have a book-reading culture. BULLSHIT. WRONG. FAKE NEWS.

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Why I’m doing this

First up, I’ll be posting about things you may find obtuse, informative or just entertaining. Whether it’s a book, a writer’s principle, politics, social change, or just a beautiful woman in a tango pose, these posts will be about ideas both grand and small.

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