News 2017-03-30T14:53:51+00:00


Calling out selective outrage from South Africans on the Palestinian struggle for Freedom

In light of the ongoing Palestinian struggle, I am reminded of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s quote about how SA cannot be free without the freedom of the Palestinians, and how apartheid Israel can be defeated just as Apartheid SA was defeated.

By | May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|

Will South Africa see young people at the voting polls in 2019? Probably not.

It is important that our government begins to address the complex challenges that the youth face with the same energy, creativity and innovation that we as young people see in ourselves.

By | May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|

There’s something rotten in Cape Town

Much has been written about how Cape Town is rife with racism – the interpersonal and systemic kind. Of course, this isn’t surprising – we all endure apartheid’s legacies. But Cape Town, unlike, say, Johannesburg, has an ‘old-world’, colonial-redux kind of systematic separation and segregation.

By | May 14th, 2018|Categories: News|

The Voice of the Cape radio interview on the role of language in obtaining economic freedom in South Africa

Jan Hofmeyer, Head of Research and Policy at the IJR,  had an interview with The Voice of the Cape on the role of language in obtaining socio-economic freedoms in South Africa. Listen to the interview here

By | May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorised|

Language proficiency does not secure economic opportunities

In the post-Apartheid apartheid dispensation, we speak the language of ‘’economic value’’, the language that, if spoken and written, grants you access to education and employment opportunities. While many have embarked on a journey of reclaiming indigenous languages through numerous ways and means, the language that remains the language of access and opportunity is that of the colonial tongue.

By | April 25th, 2018|Categories: Newsletter|

Libya’s near-Genocide

The historical record of the world has seen many cultural, ethnic and religious groups of people lost or destroyed by years of conquest, colonialism or plain genocide. This trend does not exclude Libya – we all know of the horrific acts committed by Muammar Gadaffi’s regime – however what has been largely unknown is the historical oppression of the indigenous Tebu group.

By | April 25th, 2018|Categories: Newsletter|

SARB’s insights on Voting, Political Participation and Political Efficacy as we celebrate Freedom Day

South Africa annually celebrates 27 April as Freedom Day, commemorating the first post-apartheid, non-racial and democratic elections held on 27 April 1994. Almost a quarter of a century later, and in the lead up to the 2019 national elections taking place next year, this is an opportune time to consider the status of democratic political culture in South Africa.

By | April 25th, 2018|Categories: Newsletter|

Perpetuating Gender – Is it a boy, or girl?

Besides the ‘how many months are you’ question posed to pregnant women, there is the, ‘what gender is your baby’ concern. Imagine for a second that the response to the latter is, ‘it’s a boy’. What follows from there is a conversation on whether the mother is ready for the trouble that a boy brings. This has to be one of the simplest, subtle and yet ingrained ways in which patriarchy manifests and the reinforcement of gender roles triumphs.

By | April 25th, 2018|Categories: Newsletter|
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