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BOAF – XENOPHOBIA v CRIMINALITY

President Ramaphosa spoke to the issue of the risk posed to SA by what he described as foreigners who live and work in the country and the people vented their anger in the manner they did. It cannot be disputed that the issues of identity and related Identity Politics associated with it is deeper and complex.Although it is easy to claim that SA belongs to all who live in it, it cannot be said that there is a shared understanding whether the attitudes on the ground are in sync with…

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BOAF – Western Sahara in focus – divided SADC v divided AU?

What is the true story about the Western Sahara against a backdrop of two competing summits being hosted to address the issue of the future of this region? It is not in dispute that the AU, a body in which Morocco and the seemingly dissenting SADC countries are member states, took a position to limit its direct role in relation to the affairs of the Western Sahara as follows: I am sure you are aware of this: https://t.co/CbgUi2SKpQ — Mutumwa (@mmawere) March 30, 2019 Notwithstanding, it is not clear on…

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BOAF – POPE FRANCIS VISITING MOROCCO TO HELP BRIDGE THE DIVIDES

Pope Francis begins today, a historic and unprecedented two-day official visit to Morocco. What is the significance of this inaugural visit to Morocco, a largely Muslim nation? The world is divided by religion and the visit represents an attempt to change the traditional binary narrative that reduces human civilization to always two worlds. The Pope’s program is as set out on this link: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/fr/travels/2019/ outside / documents / papa-francesco-Moroccan-2019.html. History will record that this is the the first meeting on Moroccan soil between two religious and moral authorities i.e. the…

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BOAF – Commemorating Human Rights Day

The 21st of March is Human rights day in South Africa. A day for individuals to reflect upon the role that they play in society towards building just and equitable communities that work for all. All men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights of which they cannot deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety. “The right to private property (is) a logical extension of…

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BOAF – ‘O jewa ke eng?’ – Hunger on our Campuses.

A few weeks ago, a colleague shared a trending tweet on social media by a 3rd year nursing student, Keabetswe. The tweet read ‘O jewa ke eng?’ loosely translated ‘what is bothering you?’ This singular tweet, written in Keabetswe’s home language (Setswana), had garnered over 8,000 responses in less than two months, I was definitely intrigued. The responses, on the surface, came across as an ‘open season’ for confessions, but as one dug deeper, worrisome issues around the gross inequality that plagues South Africa came to the fore, specifically that…

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BOAF – Can Africa’s future be secure against a backdrop of pervasive regime change illiteracy?

Africa’s future is contested yet the people who claim to be its legitimate custodians are generally power illiterate. The word regime is often used without any thought being applied to establish its true and intended meaning. This is not unusual because literacy around what a regime is and is not is not generally shared. It is for this reason that a member of the Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) initiative shared in frustration over the propensity by many people in Africa to assume that any thought and dissent against any…

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BOAF – Cyclone SOS – Who to bank on?

The cyclone visited and left devastation in three countries and lives were inevitably lost and property was destroyed. The consequences of this ferocity of nature is there for all to see. Should it be the responsibility of governments alone to respond to this punishment by nature? Who can we bank on to ensure that this kind of penalty is bearable? Zimbabwe is one of the three countries visited by Idai and the political contestations have already been imported into this matter with Advocate Chamisa visiting Chimanimani ahead of President Mnangagwa…

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What is ‘good’leadership?

What is ‘good’ leadership? In a constitutional democracy, is it necessary that public office bearers and their chosen advisers be illustrious, rich in experience, and be experts on anything? If so, why elect such geniuses instead of trusting centers of learning to discriminate? Is there something missing? United Refineries’ Chief Executive Officer, Mr Busisa Moyo said, leadership is about influence. “At its core is moving people to a point where they “want to”, directing them to a place where they believe “they should” until they reach a point where they are…

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