LitNet contributors voice their opinions about current affairs.

Traditional hatred

Christina Engela Opinion 2012-01-17

 What an interesting holiday season this has been! Three weeks went by so fast that I once again find myself writing the first article for the new year!

BlackSheepTV #12: Parking meters

Blacksheep 2012-01-16 Suddenly there's a parking meter outside my house and I have to pay!

Crime and contemplation

Christina Engela Opinion 2011-12-15

This past week I have been contemplating crime ... that is, the concept of crime and punishment. People seem to think that punishment and the concept of consequence provides a framework of limitations which go beyond just saying "don't". Punishment ...

A Shot at the Big Time

Janet van Eeden, Naomi Meyer 2011-12-07 Award-winning film-maker and journalist Janet van Eeden has launched a crowd-sourcing campaign for her film A Shot at the Big Time, inspired by the story of her brother, Jimmy, who took his own life rather than fight in the apartheid Border War, a war ...

There is in prejudice no fairness, nor equality

Christina Engela Opinion 2011-12-07

We are all losing a little bit of our equality and freedom, a little bit at a time. All of us, in every social grouping, whatever the basis for discrimination or differentiation, are affected.

We are Big Brother

Christina Engela Opinion 2011-12-01 Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? This a Latin proverb meaning "Who will guard the guardians?" or "Who will watch the watchdogs?" Correct me if I'm wrong, but in a democracy that is the job for the people, the citizenry, the electorate, the body politic. That's us. We do. Or don't – depending on what little laws or obstacles those […]

Nashen Moodley joins the Sydney Film Festival

Nashen Moodley, Janet van Eeden 2011-12-01 Nashen Moodley joins Sydney Film Festival at a time of great strength and growth.

Strijdom van der Merwe, the blue line, a red flag and black Tuesday

Strijdom van der Merwe, Naomi Meyer 2011-12-01 Strijdom van der Merwe recently decided to walk away from a proposed project in Durban. The idea was to paint a blue line through the city to demonstrate the potential impact of global warming. Behind the scenes, Van der Merwe clashed ...

Notes on the making of "In Durban, all roads lead ..."

Lesley Perkes 2011-12-01 Strijdom van der Merwe recently decided to walk away from a proposed project in Durban. The idea was to paint a blue line through the city to demonstrate the potential impact of global warming. Behind the scenes, Van der Merwe clashed ...

Ângela Ferreira discusses her latest body of work with Kristine Kronjé

Ângela Ferreira, Kristine Kronjé 2011-12-01 Following Werdmuller Centre and Other Works in 2010 Mozambican-born artist, Ângela Ferreira recently showed her second solo exhibition at Stevenson in Cape Town. Investigating the ongoing impact of colonialism and post-colonialism ...

It Gets Better campaign hopes to bring positive message to Cape Town’s gay youth

Andrew Barry, Steyn du Toit Opinion 2011-11-29

It Gets Better is an internet-based project in response to the suicides of teenagers who were bullied because they were gay or because their peers suspected that they were gay. Its goal is to prevent suicide among LGBT youth by having gay adults convey the ...

Victims and victors: winners and losers in a post-apartheid arts dispensation

Mike van Graan Academic research 2011-11-29

Is Limpopo sucking the hind teat of arts funding in South Africa today? According to the NAC’s 2010 annual report, out of a total of 615 funded applications, Limpopo had only 33. Or maybe it was Mpumalanga with 16 projects. Or the Northern Cape, with ...

Legal opinion relating to the passing of the protection of state information bill

Melanie Schoeman 2011-11-23 This new controversial law has been proposed in order to protect the state against "espionage" and guard "national interests", but among other things it will have the effect of being able to gag the media.

Passing on the Torch

Christina Engela Opinion 2011-11-23

It is very close to the end of another year, and the time has come again for me to reflect on the past, to take stock ...

Frankie Murrey on the new library at Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School

Frankie Murrey, Bibi Slippers 2011-11-23 Hi Frankie. I want to start by congratulating you, both on the success of the Open Book Festival and on the great work you are doing at Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School (MGMH). How did Open Book's involvement at MGMH come about?

Priti Devi, Vice-President of the Creative World, talks to Naomi Meyer about the Freedom to Create Festival

Priti Devi, Naomi Meyer 2011-11-22 The Freedom to Create came to Cape Town this year, celebrating all the world’s freedom to be creative.

Mr Gay South Africa finalist reaches out to people living with HIV

Academic research 2011-11-21 Mr. Gay South Africa finalist Charlie Jacobs has chosen OUT, the Pretoria-based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) health and well-being NGO, as the charity he'll be supporting during the competition. The thirty-year-old Jacobs, a sales and event decor executive and post-graduate social psychology student from Randburg, says that he selected OUT because the organisation's […]

Lessons in love

Christina Engela Opinion 2011-11-17

I love you ... The words are cheap and easily said these days, aren't they? I love you ... They can buy you happiness, trust, romance, company, wealth – anything your heart desires – if you use them well. Depending on your skill, and the extent of your ...

Mirror, Mirror

Christina Engela Opinion 2011-11-10 As a non-Christian I have never understood the need some people have to indoctrinate others, or to try and force their own views on them. When this sort of thing takes place during a time of grieving and mourning, such as at a funeral, it just makes it even worse. I have to wonder what they think, the […]

Challenges of life

Christina Engela Academic research 2011-11-02 Where it is safe to do so, transgender people should be out and proud. And where it isn't safe, they should be proud if not out – and they should still work for equality, dignity and human rights so that they – and the generations that are to come – can be out one day. […]