LitNet contributors voice their opinions about current affairs.
Press release: 1st Commonwealth Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit to be held 19–20 May 2021Opinion 2021-05-04
The inaugural Commonwealth Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit is the first global event to focus on women in emerging tech sectors. It is a two-day online conference focusing on women’s entrepreneurship featuring 50 speakers, 20 talks and 12 panel sessions.
COSATU: The solution to corruption is in our handsOpinion 2021-04-30
"This fight requires determination and brutal efficiency. Diplomacy does not work with criminals. If the president succeeds, voters will rally around and defend him."
Listening, not squabbling, builds academic communitiesUniversiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2021-04-29
"Listening language involves people from different language backgrounds talking and writing their own language, and understanding one another while developing their receptive language skills and practising strategies to attain a more complete command of the other language."
Was it appropriate to honour Bram Fischer with a doctorate from Stellenbosch University?Opinion 2021-04-16
"Until we get some clarity and take some direction on these issues, it looks as though we can expect some more Fischer-style debates in the future."
What is it that we fear?Opinion 2021-03-30
"'Defend our democracy! Defend our Constitution!' These are the slogans of a new civil society campaign. After the Save South Africa and #ZumaMustFall campaigns, is this yet another single issue campaign – to free us of the Zuma legacy of state capture, cronyism, nepotism and corruption?"
His Majesty King Zwelithini is dead. Long live the King!In memoriam 2021-03-17
"Wena wendlovu! Bayede! The sun has set at midday in the Republic of South Africa as the nation mourns one of its finest monarchs, His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini Ka BhekuZulu."
SU language debate 2021: A riposte: Vader Jansen, slaap jy nóg?Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2021-03-12
"Jansen then tries to back up his first point by arguing that such grievous events are impossible, because they are not in line with university policy. This is as disingenuous as it is logically fallacious."
From the archive, SU language debate: My thoughts on complexity and the intersectionality of change at Stellenbosch UniversityEnglish 2021-03-10
"Am I against learning Afrikaans? No. Am I against white people? No. Am I against forcing others to learn IN Afrikaans? Yes."
Game of groans – a reaction by Pieter-Dirk UysOpinion 2021-01-19
"So, thanks for the laughs, Donald. May all our dreams also come true."
How writers make sense of a world in lockdownOpinion 2021-01-14
"Noting my insights and emotions is not merely a tool for making sense of the past and sinking into the present. It’s also a way of starting a conversation with the future."
Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020Opinion 2020-11-25
"Earlier this year, LitNet reported on a young woman who had taken the Department of Education to court, as she was unable to matriculate due to harassment. Nare Mphela was murdered. She is one of 350 trans people who have met violent deaths in the past year."
Pandemic tales: Making an educational life in a Stellenbosch University residence during the COVID-19 pandemicUniversiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2020-11-13
"I share this story as our story – all of us who stayed behind – the story of how we made a life and home with our students during the COVID-19 pandemic."
Kommadagga essay: Music and my fatherOpinion 2020-11-12
"My father and I go for months without speaking to each other. This ongoing cycle usually starts after he says something crude and vulgar, mixed with colourful language, and I’m left thinking about why I forgave him for his prior transgression."
2020 USA election: How did it come to this?Opinion 2020-11-06
"If Trump loses, it will be a stolen election in full view of the public."
2020 USA election: The countdown to the apocalypse?Opinion 2020-11-04
"I will never understand the support for someone who has shown no respect for this democracy or for others’ lives. Trump’s made it clear that rules don’t apply to him, and I guess half of the country truly doesn’t care."
Winds of change: Decolonialising language theory at the 2020 ILAF webinar on language and the criminal justice systemOpinion 2020-10-30
"What differed here from previous talks about multilingualism was the insistence on a fresh reframing of the South African language situation, as well as the acknowledgement that language isn’t merely a matter of heritage, but is indeed an integral part of the greater infrastructure of the democratic state."
Cannabis legislation to bring new highs and lowsOpinion 2020-10-27
"The cannabis draft bill seeks to address new possession rules for cannabis users in their private places, as well as rules regarding cultivation of the plant. The cannabis draft bill sets out prescribed quantities for personal use of cannabis, as well as for cultivation purposes."
British Settlers and South African identityOpinion 2020-09-23
"But the English language’s South African origins obviously have emphatic historical roots, with the language arriving via historical processes and people with a culture manifested in innumerable forms, most long shared across communities from origins other than British. Like Hermann Giliomee has explained in his magisterial Die Afrikaners, people are entitled to their historical story, warts and all."
Justice in the time of COVID-19: an interview on the outcome of LAW FOR ALL’s writing competitionOpinion 2020-07-22
"I am deeply worried about the current status quo, and how we will answer in the face of COVID. The justice inequality stands to be aggravated by the aftershock of the epidemic."
Court cracks down on lockdown regulationsOpinion 2020-07-02
"While the government may have had good intentions behind the lockdown regulations, the government’s paternalistic and draconian response to the COVID-19 pandemic remains an issue of contention for many."