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24 May 2016 21:32 (South Africa)
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SA's new political tool: Freedom of Cape Town for the Obamas

  • Osiame Molefe
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    Osiame Molefe

    Osiame Molefe is a writer with a keen interest in the space where personal and societal ambitions intersect with technology, politics and economics. That intersect right now, in South Africa, has brought him to observing, researching and writing on racial and gender inequality, and how well, or poorly, dialogue around these issues takes place. His column deals with these and issues tangential. When he is not writing news, analysis and opinion, he reads speculative fiction and writes some, too. Rumour is he single-handedly keeps the South African sparkling wine industry afloat.
     
    In a former life, he worked as a chartered accountant in New York, Bermuda and Johannesburg, but has since fled that industry in pursuit of a life less grey. He holds a bachelors degree in accountancy from Rhodes University, but don’t let that fool you into believing he has a head for numbers. He does not.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits the Chelsea Flower Show in London, Britain, 23 May 2016. This year's theme focuses on health and happiness in the garden. EPA/STR UK OUT

While you were sleeping: 24 May 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Louisa Wynand accused Marius Fransman of sexually assaulting her on January 6. 2016.

Marius Fransman bounces back, accuser considers other legal options

By Marianne Thamm
Main photo: Uncollected rubbish next to a playground in East London. Glass, tins and condoms were among the garbage. (Photo: Rebecca Hodes)

Trashocracy: What rubbish reveals about our nation

By Rebecca Hodes
Photo: A histological slide of cancerous breast tissue. The pink "riverways" are normal connective tissue, and the blue is cancer cells. Stained with H&E and magnified to 200x. Source: National Cancer Institute.

Cancer care meets big data: SA’s latest treatment breakthrough

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: The Free State Department of Health has failed to hire nurses to whom it awarded bursaries, leaving them unemployed. Photo from Facebook.

GroundUp: In Free State, no jobs for newly qualified nurses

By GroundUp
Photo: Equal Education Deputy Secretary Ntuthuzo Ndzomo, members Ziyanda Gaxa and Zukhanye Gibe, and Head of Equal Education Eastern Cape Luya Sidimba during a press briefing at Qonce High last week. Photo: Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik.

GroundUp: Eastern Cape students challenge Motshekga in court

By GroundUp
Photo: President Jacob Zuma, NPA head Shaun Abrahams, NPA deputy head Nomgcobo Jiba. (Reuters, GCIS, EWN)

Zuma, Jiba, Abrahams – a day of delaying the delayed delay

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams (R) walks past his deputy Adv Nomgcobo Jiba as he leaves at the end of a media briefing in Pretoria, South Africa, May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Op-Ed: Shaun Abrahams’ Moment of Truth

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng (Photo by Stephen Lang)

Hlaudi Motsoeneng: Another court defeat, but still fighting

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Photo: NPA head Shaun Abrahams (GCIS)

NPA to appeal the Spy Tapes ruling

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Lotus-shaped illuminated lanterns float on Beira Lake during Vesak celebrations in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 22 May 2016. Vesak is a holiday for Buddhists. The day marks the birth, enlightenment and demise of Buddha and is celebrated in Sri Lanka with illuminated pandals, lanterns and 'dansals' or free offers of food, drinks and refreshment to the wayfarers. This year, most of these dansals were absent following devastating monsoonal floods and landslides in some areas. EPA/M.A.PUSHPA KUMARA

While you were sleeping: 23 May 2016

By John Stupart
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Video: Evita's Free Speech, Ep.39 – Evita OD's on her Sunday media

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: Bongani Madondo by Tseliso Monaheng (@nemesisinc)

Op-Ed: You Will Never Eat Lunch in this Town Again

By Bongani Madondo
Photo: President Jacob Zuma accompanied by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Lindiwe Sisulu, Premier of Gauteng Nomvula Mokonyane, Tshwane Mayor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa and other dignitaries attended Freedom Day celebrations held at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 27 April 2011. (GCIS)

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Photo: A packed to capacity taxi drives along a road during a bus drivers strike in Cape Town, South Africa 23 April 2013. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

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Photo: Attorney Charles Abrahams, one of the lead attorneys representing mineworkers in their class action suit against gold mining companies for damages regarding silicosis and tuberculosis. (Greg Nicolson)

Charles Abrahams, silicosis attorney: ‘Someone has to bat for the underdogs’

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Washington Redskins player Will Blackmon (C) celebrates after intercepting a pass at the goal line against Dallas Cowboys player Cole Beasley in the second half of their game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, USA, 03 January 2016. EPA/LARRY W. SMITH

Analysis: Sports, Race and Identity

By J Brooks Spector
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Comrade Crusher: How the ANC continues to eat its own

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Widow of the late Thulani Mashaba, Nobuhle Mashaba with President Jacob Zuma, Mrs Thobeka Madiba Zuma and KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu during a memorial service at Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal, 15 July 2015. (Photo: GCIS)

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By CYRIL MADLALA
Photo: South African women walk up a road in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa, 14 April 2009. EPA/NIC BOTHMA.

Health-E News: Small cost for women’s freedom to choose

By HEALTH-E NEWS
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The Gathering 2016 - #MustWatch

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With GDP growth revised downward, SA markets brace for downgrade

By ANDREA TEAGLE
Photo: President Jacob Zuma accompanied by Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe (not in the picture) and International relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Marius Fransman at the Human Rights Day commemoration in Mbekweni, Paarl in the Western Cape, 21 March 2013 (Photo: GCIS)

Sexual Assault charges: Is Marius Fransman poised for a comeback?

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: President Jacob Zuma and ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe (L) toast the 102nd birthday of the ANC during the launch of the party's election manifesto at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga on Saturday, 11 January 2014. Picture: SAPA stringer

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By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Collen Maine (Simphiwe Nkwali/Sunday Times)

Oros, diluted: Sound and Fury, signifying nothing

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Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

Op-Ed: ‘Imminent arrest’ of Pravin Gordhan and undermining of legality

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in red fighting with parliament security personal prior to them being escorted from parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 17 May 2016. EPA/STR

Punch and Julie Show: Parliament tries to sort out aftermath of EFF eviction

By Marianne Merten
US actress, Kristen Stewart, arrives for the screening of 'Personal Shopper' during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, 17 May 2016. The movie is presented in the Official Competition of the festival which runs from 11 to 22 May. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

While you were sleeping: 19 May 2016

By John Stupart
Photo by GroundUp.

Right of Reply: ‘UCT is winning’: Judgment with costs leaves RMF protesters demoralized

By Daily Maverick Staff Reporter