opinion

The Big Issue Big 200 campaign

Today I went from Twitter jail (a holding cell they isolate you in when Twitter deems you’ve tweeted too much) to trending on CT Twitter. And all because of my passion for The Big Issue. I’ve written before about the challenges the organisation faces. You can read it here: http://www.inotherwordscg.co.za/opinion/2015/my-big-issue-support-the-big-issue/. And, once again, this month we find ourselves […]

Why I am leaving the DA over Verwoerd

‘Remembering Hendrik Verwoerd as a ‘smart’ leader is like remembering Hitler as a good organiser’

A Jewish South African’s views on Dlamini, xenophobia and anti-semitism

Praising Hitler’s organisational skills — used to plot the systematic extermination of all non-Aryans — is akin to admiring the strength of a rapist’s erection

MY BIG ISSUE: SUPPORT THE BIG ISSUE

It’s time to set the record straight. It’s clear from real life and Twitter interactions I’ve had recently that some people don’t appreciate the role The Big Issue plays, most significantly in the Western Cape. A role that would not be necessary, I hasten to add, if government were able to fulfil its obligations to […]

How neglect led to another violent tragedy

School pupils were left unattended and a predator struck on the first day of th 16 Days of Activism campaign

On this day last year, I wrote a column for The Cape Times called ‘The tragic irony: 16 days of brutal violence against children’ about a young girl raped by her own father in her own house. The girl, whom I’ll call L, is the niece of my domestic worker, B.

‘I wish I had fought apartheid’ — a white South African’s big regret

I didn’t intentionally ignore the dehumanisation of my fellow South Africans. But that doesn’t excuse my selfishness

I’m a Jew, not a pig

Today’s Mail and Guardian carries the following (what appears to be a) plea to Pick n Pay to stand against cruelty to pigs. It is supposedly an advertisement, because the newspaper apparently knows nothing about it. Chris Roper, the editor, placed an apology on their website. In it he states:  “Owing to a lethal confluence of ill luck […]

Times Media Group’s misogynistic* attitude to business glossies

Sunday evening. I’m sitting happily with a cup of tea and two glossy magazines. But these aren’t my usual mags. These are free glossies distributed with two newspapers we subscribe to: Wanted (published monthly by Business Day, distributed free to subscribers) and Business Class (distributed free with the Sunday Times once a month). Wanted: a […]

Social media: stimulating interaction or lashon hara?

My wise (much) younger sister recently sent me a link to a YouTube video that’s got me thinking. I’m often very late to these things – bear with, Miranda – so you may all have forgotten it already. It’s billed as a ‘spoken word film’ by London-based writer and director, Gary Turk. The five-minute film, […]

The tragic irony: 16 days of brutal violence against children

I’m not sure when I became aware of the existence of this thing called rape; probably during my early teens. But from that moment, I have known with unwavering certainty that I would rather die than be raped. I simply don’t think I would be able to continue living. I live in awe of rape […]