Author: Jonathan Jansen

Yet another curriculum and another promise to fix pit latrine toilets? Give us more, minister Published on July 17, 2024 at 21:54 Minister Siviwe Gwarube recently delivered her Basic Education Budget Vote speech for the 2024/5 fiscal year, which left many feeling underwhelmed. Despite being new to the role and facing fiscal challenges, Gwarube is tasked with navigating an existing five-year planning cycle without additional funds. Her acknowledgment of “extremely difficult fiscal conditions” raises concerns about the government’s ability to address critical issues such as inadequate school facilities like pit latrine toilets. With promises often unfulfilled, the public demands more…

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Embracing a New Wave of Independent Thinking in South Africa As I navigate the challenges that face South Africa, I am constantly inspired by the many individuals who demonstrate a refreshing sense of independence and resilience. It is evident that relying solely on the government for solutions is not the answer. Instead, it is the people who are taking initiative and finding creative ways to weather the storm. From small business owners to community leaders, there is a growing movement of independent thinking that is making a real impact on the ground. These individuals serve as a reminder that true…

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Embracing a People-Centric Approach in South Africa Every day, I am inspired by the resilience and determination of the people of South Africa. Despite facing numerous challenges, they continue to remain strong and hopeful. It is a reminder that a government-centric worldview is not the answer to weathering the storm. South Africans have shown time and time again that it is their unity, community spirit, and unwavering support for one another that is truly making a difference. Whether it’s through acts of kindness, support for local businesses, or grassroots initiatives, the people are coming together to uplift each other. As…

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Embracing Unity: Beyond the ANC-DA Merger 26 June 2024 – 21:30 While much focus has been on the racial dynamics of the proposed ANC-DA merger in South Africa, there are other areas of society where progress is quietly unfolding. One intriguing aspect of the potential government of national unity is the way it addresses race without explicitly discussing it. The ANC, a predominantly black party, and the DA, a predominantly white party, are coming together in a historic co-leadership agreement. Amidst the heated debates and discussions, it is important to recognize the broader implications of this merger. It signifies a…

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Exploring the Unspoken Subtext of the ANC-DA Merger in South Africa 26 June 2024 – 21:30 As discussions around the proposed government of national unity evolve, the dynamic between the ANC and the DA has captured much attention. While many focus on the racial implications of this merger, there are other areas in South African society that are experiencing progress. One of the most intriguing aspects of these negotiations is the way they have managed to tackle the issue of race without directly addressing it. The ANC, a black-dominant party, and the DA, a white-dominant party, are potentially entering into…

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The Power of Grassroots Efforts in Education and Development 29 May 2024 – 23:27 As the dust settles from the recent elections and challenges like load-shedding rear their heads once again, it’s clear that real change won’t come from the top down. The key to meaningful progress in education and development lies in grassroots efforts. In a post-election haze, it’s easy to feel disheartened by the status quo. But true transformation doesn’t come from political shifts or bureaucratic maneuvers. Instead, it emerges from the collective action of communities and individuals working together to create a better future. By investing in…

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