Ramadan Mubarak to our Muslim contributors and readers. How interesting that the whole of South Africa seemed to be collectively holding their breath for the 2019 elections at the time the New Moon was anxiously sought in the evening sky. How poignant too that the spirit of Ramadan – fasting sunrise to sunset, and most importantly engaging in increased prayer and charity – reflect the spirit needed in our country to heal the electioneering, the wounds of democracy unfulfilled in 25 years, and give hope to our collective future.
Again, in the spirit of Ramadan, a plea to our educated youth to give back to the communities that raised them [Upskilling starts at home]. An artist/women’s activist with clearly defined opinions raises uncomfortable questions about our morality and integrity [Globalising Grief]. While it is truly tragic that the Notre Dame Cathedral burned down, the wholesale outpouring of grief (and funding) is unmatched for global tragedies (cyclones effecting Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi and the collapse of a church in KZN are two local examples).
Bringing focus closer to home, of 30 million South Africans eligible to vote, the highest number ever of 26 million registered to vote. But turnout plummeted and only 16,2 million voted. The ANC received 10 026 475 votes – or 57,5% (losing nearly 1,5 million voters since 2009). They lost 19 seats (the DA lost 5 seats). How can the 9 800 000 be persuaded their votes do count! Our contributors have definite opinions [True cost of democracy] and [A fish rots from the head …].
An in-depth look at the fine line between philosophy and politics put the spotlight on the leader of BLF [Philosophy or politics: Would the real Andile Mngxitama please stand up for Black Consciousness?].
A different segment of our population monetises their off-spring [Another child another modende] – where the value of a newborn is merely another social grant to support an unemployed family.
In sport, while we should be able to celebrate Caster Semenya’s achievements, our star athlete is again under the irrational spotlight of the IAAF. Despite precedents of current world record holders, Caster has again been singled out for unfair and unjust discrimination. At least she does have the support of our own ASA [IAAF regulations found wanting on ethics] and another contributor titled her opinion as [Paraphrasing genius] – a cause we should all get behind!
May is also World Bedwetting Day. Bedwetting can be very traumatising to children as well as parents. Read more on what it is and how to handle it [World Bedwetting Day].
To enrich our offering, well-known Jozi blogger Heather Mason has unearthed yet another Jozi gem – Rand Steam Laundries. It is a fascinating read, capturing the essence of necessity and enterprise that has characterised the birth and growth of Johannesburg since Paul Kruger outlawed foreigners to the mining ‘dorp’! [The dramatic story of Rand Steam Laundries]
The Uownit-SA Team