Looking through the veneer of Black life

Featured Image: Pastor Xola Skosana OF the Way of Life Kilombo Village in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. By Pastor Xola Skosana A short message from Pastor Xola Skosana who has been banned for 30 days from Facebook. The word veneer is defined as a “thin decorative covering of fine wood applied to coarser wood or other …

Black Agenda On Education

Black Opinion shall in the next few days publish chapters of the BLF Black Agenda on a daily basis. Today we offer you chapter 12 of the BLACK AGENDA ON EDUCATION. Please share your thoughts with us via the following email address: editor@blackopinio.co.za   “Education must be for liberation! The current education system is designed …

Pravin Gordhan must have his day in court

The media has gone into over drive trying to mount a campaign preventing the Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, from having his day in court. Gordhan is accused of serious transgressions of the law when he was Commissioner of the South African Revenue Services (SARS). The allegations are that under his watch, a “Rogue Unit” was …

The Law of the People?

Featured Image: Andile Mngxitama is the National Convenor of the Black First Land First movement. By De Nero Koffman This piece of writing was inspired by a very condensed presentation by Andile Mngxitama from the Black First Land First (BLF) movement. During the second day of the Black Lawyers Association Student Chapter (BLAsc), Constitutional Summit …

The Battle For Black Bodies Is On!

Featured image (drum magazine): A minimum of 1000 busses from the four corners of South Africa were said to be on their way to the ANC manifesto launch in Port Elizabeth my home town. This number excludes local black bodies who must play host. By Pastor Xola Skosana   The numbers game has begun. Political strategists …

OUR GOVERNMENT: AGEISM OR ADMISSION OF FAILURE?

By Maboni Malose Mmatli   “Post 15/03: SCIENTIST PRODUCTION GRADE A-C REF NO: 26/2016 Requirements: “A BSc (Hons) degree in Plant Sciences/ Agriculture/ Botany or Genetics. Three years’ post qualification experience, etc.”   This is an excerpt from a government circular for employment. An example of one of many. The point I question is the number of …

Fees Must Fall Division

by Ncedisa Mpemnyama date: 12 April 2016   On The radio 702 interview: What is happening at Wits. The first problematic aspect of the interview was the host, Redi Thlabi’s biasness. You got the feeling that she had already taken a side – that of Thenji, from the onset. She framed the discussion in a villain and hero …