Saturday, April 4, 2020

Taxis need to be better provided for on SA’s roads to...

A recent article in the Daily Dispatch this week raises concern over taxis blocking driveways and delivery points during peak traffic hours. There’s a lot...

Don’t underestimate the Oxford Comma

When it comes to the English language, there are two subjects which are sure to arouse fierce debate: US vs British spelling and the...

UNDP, Oxfam say global inequality poses grave threat

In 1990, Pakistani economist Mahbub ul Haq and Indian Nobel laureate Amartya Sen launched the first ever Human Development Report (HDR), published by the...

Leave the matrics alone

The first thing I'd like to do here is offer a big congratulations to the Matric Class of 2019. Your dedication to your studies...

Stage Six was a long time coming

“Hello darkness, my old friend” Simon & Garfunkel The best description of the recent load shedding announcements that I've seen so far comes from Ed Stoddard...

‘Hazbin Hotel’ and YouTube’s animation renaissance

In this week's review of Hazbin Hotel (which is amazing and you should totally watch it), I say that the show represents the unofficial...

Black Friday’s complicated history

If last week's fantastic advertising wrap didn't clue you in, Black Friday is upon us with all the sales, price cuts and insatiable consumerism...

We’re heading for Herbert’s desert-planet future

One of the best scenes for me in Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, Dune, is also one of the least eventful, considering this is the same...

Guaging the television sportaholic’s contribution to marital strife

Well, the 2019 Rugby World Cup is finally over. The 48 matches have duly been broadcast, we are the champions once again, usual business can be resumed and...

Show respect no matter the outcome

In the relatively short time since the understandable and justifiable euphoria of the Springboks being crowned champions of the Rugby World, much has been...

Mabuza turns a blind eye to human rights abuses

You know what, I really didn’t want to write this editorial. I had a lovely piece all written up about the Springboks’ amazing victory...

Passing on the baton in the race of this life

One of the defining realities of every person’s passage through life is that there comes a time to make way for successors and to hand...

We must come together if we want real change

While most of East London was glued to their televisions, radios and computers watching the Springboks utterly thrash their English rivals to win the...

Headaches remain for mental healthcare

Before we move on to the main topic of this column, I just want to take the opportunity to thank the staff of Life...

Climate crisis is a human rights issue

Last Friday saw a historic event take place across the world. In more than over 100 countries, around the world, millions of students and young...

Shaka, Jan Braai and a ‘messy’ rainbow nation

By now, you’ve surely well aware of what is coming next Tuesday. It’s hard to miss with just about every store – especially grocery...

Keep up the fight to stop violence

One of our lead stories this week was the opening of the One Day at a Time (ODAAT) Alcohol and Drug Recovery Centre in...

Our home is on fire and it’s time to panic

During the Davos Climate Conference in January, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg gave a speech in front of before the various celebrities and world...

Little has changed since Marikana

On August 16 2012, hundreds of platinum miners working in the Lonmin-owned mines in Marikana, North West Province, gathered to protest against poor living...

Free and fair elections are under threat from data mining

Netflix’s The Great Hack, 2019: “Nobody wants to admit that propaganda works because to do so is to admit our own susceptibility to it.” March...

Golden oldies I remember so dear

The recent passing of Doris Day at 97 has sadly severed yet another link with my youth and filled me with nostalgia. Day was “top...

A tribute to Richard Mogg

One evening last week at the close of a perfect day, I stood on the balcony of my little first-floor flat here at Berea...

Charity can’t just be a once-off

Thursday July 18 marks the ninth annual Mandela Day, an internationally recognised celebration of Nelson Mandela chosen to coincide with the late statesman’s birthday. First...

Medicine chest museum

Isn’t it awful the amount of upset tummies and flu doing the rounds just now? I don’t know whether the reason is to do with...

Safeguarding yourself online

The age of the internet has brought us many benefits, but it has also brought with it its share of risks. As our lives migrate...

We live in a golden age of self-publishing

During my conversation with Russel Bradfield, one of the things we talked about was the struggle new and independent authors face trying to secure...

Balance must be found between fun and bad behaviour

In the pursuits of mankind, the variety of experiences, events, defining moments and human interactions know no bounds. While there will be many aspects of...

Father’s Day started by grateful daughter

Last month, we celebrated Mother’s Day by looking at the history of the event so it only made sense to do the same thing...

Marijuana use will need strict controls

Marijuana has been facing increasing in acceptance lately, thanks in no small part to last year's ruling that smoking weed in your personal capacity...

Give some of your precious life-blood

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) recently held a blood drive here at the Daily Dispatch office where I donated my 22nd pint...

Readers have their say on Semenya ruling

Given the controversy surrounding the recent ruling against Caster Semenya, the GO! & Express asked our readers over Facebook whether they agreed with the...

US woman’s fight to fete mothers

While it is true that events celebrating mothers go back as far as pre-historic times, Mother’s Day as we know it today,has its origins...

Decision to not vote could be valid

In just a week, the country takes part in one of the most important rituals of any democratic society: elections. Some people are even saying...

Workers’ Day history still tragically relevant

Wednesday May 1 is an important day on in the global calendar. I am of course referring to International Workers’ Day. (also known as...

Wind Atlas boosts green planet ideal

One of our leading stories this week is the launch of the third iteration of the Wind Atlas for SA (WASA), a high-resolution map...

Lack of bin provision adds to our litter woes

Our front page story this week is about an admirable new recycling initiative that aims to not only help clean up the streets, but...

Put beliefs into action and move mountains

I’m not a Christian and haven’t been for a while, but after finally growing out of my edgy teenage atheist phase (to the relief...

Municipality failing motorists with poor roads

My name is Tougheeda Jacobs. I am from Cape Town and am currently having a break in East London. I was just focusing on the...

Where seeds of hate are sown

On March 15, evil came to Christchurch, New Zealand in the form of Bretton Tarrant. This man, an Australian citizen fuelled by hate and...

Human Rights Day is the perfect time to unite

Thursday March 21 sees the country mark Human Rights Day, a day where we as a country reflect on the rights many fought and...

Ode to unsung heroes

Human nature and the conventions of society have developed systems which produce heroes who enjoy immense fame and, often, totally disproportionate wealth. Clever marketers and...

Time to take heart matters seriously

Matthew Field’s excellent column recently on burnout in the workplace (‘Mismatches’ lead to burnout, February 28) is so relevant in this day and age...

Rethinking how we treat animals

Our main story for this week deals with the ongoing controversy surrounding the East London Zoo – this time seeing political parties enter the...

Hot, muggy nights make for bug frights

The sweltering heat we’re enduring at the moment puts me in mind of the many years I spent on night-shift at the Daily Dispatch...

How a martyred saint became a Valentine’s Day legend

Ah, Valentine's Day, a special time of the year when love truly is in the air. February 14 has become a global phenomenon but have...

Today’s pen is as mighty as the sword

The world of communication, like most human undertakings, cannot escape the vast changes driven by technological advances and pivotal innovations. In fact, communication both...

Xolobeni ruling restores people’s power

In November 2018, last year, the High Court of South Africa made a landmark decision in the ongoing struggle between the Xolobeni community on...

‘Boys will be boys’ excuse holds no water

I’m sure we’re all well aware by now of the latest drama from Selborne High. Allegedly, 15 boys got into an altercation with another which...

Creature comforts vs the planet

I’ve talked a lot about environmentalist issues here in the Go. One of my first Message to the Editor columns was about a report...

Writing will open up your world

Everyone has something they are really passionate about. For some, it’s tending to their garden. For my boyfriend, it’s cooking up new and exciting...