Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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...

Appropriate time to reflect on our teachers

The start of the year means a new academic year, work and other opportunities, those interesting and sometimes challenging resolutions, and a time to...

GO! stories that hit the headlines

And just like that, 2018 is over and you are now holding the last copy of the GO! & Express to come out until...

All cut up about lost carving skill

Celebrating Christmas here in SA is a joyous occasion when many families tuck into a full-on roast meal with all the trimmings. A roast though...

Strikers shouldn’t fall into the trap of destructive behaviour

Well, it's finally over. After three gruelling weeks, the South African Municipal Workers (SAMWU) strike has reached an end. I don't think I need to...

Facebook has lost face

I detest Facebook. I mean I really detest Facebook. Just thinking about that site makes me mad, from the way it's purposefully designed to...

Hold loved ones in your heart forever

At 4.01pm on Monday, November 26, I heard about the passing of my grandfather. I’m writing this at 5.40pm on Tuesday, having spent the last...

Cinema like a horror movie

I’d like to take a break from the more “heavy” material that has occupied this column and talk about something less serious. So over the...

Better public transport is the key

Earlier this week we shared a story on our website about the future state of traffic in Johannesburg and Pretoria. According to the Electronic...

Change elite’s impact – not climate

In the glut of terrible news that seems to have become the norm recently, there was one particular story some of you may have...

Wonderful window of opportunity

References to reflections and windows abound in poetry and prose in powerful and evocative images that arguably embrace the full tapestry of life. From Albert...

Stories about our own community

  Do you remember a few months ago when we ran those “Meet the Team” segments we ran a few months back? They were just...

Unite to help the poor

Two weeks ago, I wrote about how the continuous fuel hikes we’ve been experiencing since May disproportionately affect the poor and working class of...

Music an inspirer of note

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to...

Let’s get to know East London’s amazing riches

In this week’s GO! & Express, we carry two stories about a very interesting book, The Fishy Smiths. One is an interview with the author...

The poor just get poorer

Another month, another fuel price hike. At this point, such news is no longer shocking. Since May the country has had to endure a...

Looking back (17)

Circa 1905-1919 -Lazy Sunday afternoon, down the Buffalo River. Despite the era, the ‘ladies’ loved to join in, in what was considered a “man’s...

Newspaper howlers not out of character

When I joined the Daily Dispatch in what now seems to be another life, the newspaper was still being printed with the hot metal...

Looking Back (16)

It’s difficult to believe that this magnificent old home, once stood high on the east bank of the Buffalo Harbour, East London.  The grounds...

Looking back (15)

East London Orient Beach circa 1915. Isn’t this card incredible? The children pool, so busy and fun. The Victorian era was such a ‘pretty’...