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“It’s a Disgrace” – Onkgopotse JJ Tabane Describes the State of Public Discourse (Podcast)

Let's Talk FranklyOnkgopotse JJ Tabane was a guest on Aubrey Masango’s Radio 702 show recently, chatting about his new book, Let’s Talk Frankly: Letters to Influential South Africans About the State of Our Nation.

In Let’s Talk Frankly, Tabane addresses letters to influential South Africans, including Gwede Mantashe, Helen Zille, Julius Malema, Zwelinzima Vavi, Patrice Motsepe and Steve Hofmeyr.

Tabane says he was prompted to write the book by what he feels is “the death of public discourse and the death of internal democracy” in South Africa.

Before liberation, Tabane says, “we had a plethora of position papers”, whereas now there are none. “It’s a disgrace. We shouldn’t mince our words about it,” he says.

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Kabelo Mabalane: Black Men are Taught That Vulnerability is a Weakness, But it’s a Sign of Strength

I Ran For My LifeKabelo Mabalane, former member of TKZ and drug addict who has now completed eight Comrades Marathons, was recently interviewed by Azania Mosaka about his biography I Ran For My Life: My Story.

In the podcast, Mabalane says that the process of sharing his story and his struggles has been wonderful. He says being honest about his flaws is important, adding that men, particularly black men, have “been brought up to believe that when one shares their weaknesses and shares their vulnerabilities, it’s a sign of weakness. And I’ve since learned that it’s actually a sign of strength”.

Mabalane goes on to describe his relationship with his father, how his ideas about manhood have developed and how men today must learn from the mistakes made by men that came before them. He also speaks about how this interacted with his music career and some of the significant missteps he has taken.

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Mabalane has achieved great success in the music industry. But, as he told the audience at his book launch in Rosebank, it was not his first choice.

Nandipha Pantsi covered the launch for The Citizen:

“When I left high school, I was going to be a Springbok, that was my goal. I was going to fill the quota, but that didn’t work out for me. I decided to study sports management at Wits Tech – the only course that I could get into, but I was bad at that too.”

Mabalane had been friends with his group members Tokollo Shabalala and Zwai Bala since high school, but when sports and academics didn’t work for them, they decided to make music.

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13 Years Clean and On the Way to a Comrades Silver: Kabelo Mabalane Shares His Story (Podcast and Video)

I Ran For My LifeKabelo Mabalane, TKZee star who has just released his biography I Ran For My Life: My Story, was recently invited to The Complimentary Breakfast radio show on Jacaranda FM to speak about his story.

For the first part of the interview, host Rian van Heerden spoke with Mabalane while they were both on treadmills. Mabalane, who has completed the Comrades Marathon eight times and is hoping for a silver medal next year, was hardly short of breath. Van Heerden, in contrast, was in great need of the emergency stop button by the end of the chat.

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Mabalane told Van Heerden why “Vida la Vida” by Coldplay is one of the best songs on his running playlist, and shared what it felt like to cross the finish line of the Comrades the first time:


In an different interview with Ntombizodwa Makhoba for City Press, Mabalane spoke about his being “13 years clean”. His message to other addicts is “There is help, hope, and it is possible.”

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“For the ANC to Remain a Winning ANC, It Must Keep the Tradition of Being Self-critical” – Frank Chikane

The Things that Could Not be SaidNo Life of My OwnEight Days in September

Frank Chikane, struggle veteran and author of The Things that Could Not be Said and other books, has recently caused a stir by voicing his opinion about the failings of the ANC.

In a controversial letter to ANC leadership, Chikane said that the party had lost its way, and would lose its voter support if it did not galvanise a courageous turnaround.

Chikane, former president Thabo Mbeki’s presidency director-general, warned against party members being too “gripped by fear” to voice their concerns.

“For the ANC to remain a winning ANC, it must keep the tradition of being self-critical. Failure to do so will result in its demise and it losing confidence and its position as leader of society.”

He quoted an ANC document in 1929 that said “inner criticism is a weapon for strengthening the party organisation and increasing its fighting power”.

Chikane’s point about self-criticism was echoed by an ANC national executive committee member in an interview with City Press. Chikane said there was “no gainsaying that members of the ANC are going through a nightmare about their organisation”, he wrote in his presentation. “Members know that there is something going wrong, but can’t scream or wave their hands for help.”

By his frank criticism of the state of the ANC’s internal politics, Chikane raised the ire of the party. But, his call for a strengthening of the ANC’s capacity for self-criticism has been seconded by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe:

Nor is Mr Motlanthe the first senior ANC person to lash out against the party’s rapid drift from its founding values.

Former director-general in the Mbeki presidency Frank Chikane came out before the party’s national general council meeting last month with a document that warned the ANC had reached a point of no return and faced the real possibility of losing elections, saying corrupt practices in party structures led to corrupted leaders who protected themselves at all costs and did not want to relinquish power.

There have been other mutterings from ANC veterans, and indeed from the party itself, whose leadership made a point at the national general council of criticising factionalist politics and corruption.

Chikane was recently called on by Redi Tlhabi for Talk Radio 702 to speak about his vision for the ANC moving forward, using the recent Fees Must Fall protests as a point of departure.

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South Africa has an Unhealthy Dependency on China and its Demand for Minerals – Moeletsi Mbeki

Advocates for ChangeArchitects of PovertyMoeletsi Mbeki, political commentator and author of Advocates for Change: How to Overcome Africa’s Challenges and Architects of Poverty: Why Africa’s Capitalism needs Changing, was recently called on by Iman Rappetti to speak about China’s “Black Monday” on her Power FM show.

In the podcast, Mbeki speaks about the links between the Chinese economy and the South African economy, and why the dip in the Chinese currency affected this country.

Mbeki says there is a problem in the economic relations between the two countries. Because South Africa sells a large amount of minerals to China, a shrinkage in that country’s demand has a dramatic effect on employment and development here. South Africa should have focused on diversifying its economic product in the past 21 years to avoid a situation of dependency.

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Mtutuzeli Nyoka Discusses His “Betrayal of the Worst Kind” at the Hands of Gerald Majola (Podcast)

Deliberate ConcealmentMtutuzeli Nyoka, former president of Cricket South Africa and author of Deliberate Concealment: An Insider’s Account of Cricket South Africa and the IPL Bonus Saga, was recently interviewed by John Perlman on Kaya FM about his ruminative exposé.

Perlman introduces the book as one about a great scandal in the world of cricket that also “raises all sorts of other issues, about race, about history, about transformation, about acknowledgement of personal difficulty and fault”.

Nyoka says that his story and the deception he was victim to was “beyond process” because he took a good friend at his word. He does not understand how Gerald Majola could allow the destruction and damage to relationships for monetary gain. He calls it “betrayal of the worst kind”.

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“This is Just Not Good for Society” – Wayne Duvenage on the Winelands Tolling Project (Podcast)

The E-Tolls SagaLast month, Pippa Hudson spoke to Wayne Duvenage about the Winelands Tolling project and the socioeconomic impact the decision to erect e-toll gates along the N1 and N2 highways will have on the poorest of the poor.

Duvenage is the author of The E-Tolls Saga: A Journey from CEO to Civil Activist and head of Opposition To Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA).

“As a user-pay system goes, it has completely failed,” Duvenage tells Hudson about the current situation of e-toll compliance in Gauteng, “the public have just laughed this thing off but somehow government thinks they can force it through”.

Duvenage says he is keeping an eye on what is happening in the Cape Town courts around the tolling of urban roads. “What they are exposing is that the decisions haven’t been considered properly by the minister, and that’s also what happened here in Gauteng, that it’s irrational, the costs are far too high and this is just not good for society.”

Duvenage says that “we need to stand our ground and the citizens of Cape Town need to get behind the city and say ‘absolutely not’ and to do everything they can to make sure this doesn’t happen”.

“We will not participate in unjust policies, it is our duty to defy them.”

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“Who Cares What They Feel?” – Bongani Fassie Responds to the Uproar Caused by His New Song, Stretcher

I'm Not Your Weekend SpecialThe late Brenda Fassie’s son, singer and rapper Bongani Fassie, is in hot water after insulting a host of local musicians in his new song, Stretcher.

Entertainment.iAfrica reported on Tuesday that Fassie insulted various artists in his new song, including AKA, Cassper Nyovest and Da L.E.S.

The article also shows an image from the Twitter account #Stretcher (‏@Double_L_Genius), in which Fassie portrays the artists lying on a stretcher.

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Brenda Fassie’s son Bongani Fassie mocked an array of South African musicians on his latest song Stretch.

The son of the legendary late South African icon caused a stir on Twitter this past Friday when he uploaded an image featuring six SA musicians with the likes of AKA, Cassper Nyovest and Da L.E.S among them.

Ntokozo KO Mdluli, a SAMA award-winning rapper who’s also mentioned in the song, told Times LIVE yesterday: “It’s really sad to see him punishing his surname like that but if anything I wish him the best of luck.”

Thabo JR Bogopa and Siya Slikour Metane also responded to being slammed, while Fassie told The Times that it was “nothing personal”.

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Fassie told The Times he was “happy” and had been in the studio “while everybody was out there in the club getting money, flashing and doing the Instagram and Twitter thing”.

“This is nothing personal, it’s business. Who cares what they feel? Who asked them?

“People can keep on thinking what they want to think, I’m going to make music.

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For more about Brenda Fassie’s life and career, check out I’m Not Your Weekend Special: Portraits on the Life + Style and Politics of Brenda Fassie edited by Bongani Madondo.

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What is the Manifesto that Inspired Khaya Dlanga to Become Who He is Today? (Podcast and Video)

To Quote MyselfOne of the most influential men in South African media, Khaya Dlanga, recently joined Rian van Heerden on The Complimentary Breakfast Show on Jacaranda FM to discuss his memoir, To Quote Myself.

Admitting that at 36 he might be too young to have written a memoir, Dlanga chats about his day job, the relatively short life he has lived and the most important person in his life – his mother. Van Heerden mentions that he has walked an incredible road, from growing up in a rural village where he herded cattle with sticks, to being a media guru who oozes creativity. “Now I herd people,” Dlanga jokes.

Jacaranda FM shared a video and podcast of the interview. Watch the video (part one of the interview) to find out more about the man behind the big smile:

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During the interview Dlanga read a piece from To Quote Myself which he wrote after having been homeless for a while. With help from a pastor at his church he came to live at a dodgy establishment called The Rainbow Lodge, but was still very much down and out. Read the manifesto that inspired him to work towards all that he has achieved today and hopes to reach in the future:

I am grateful that I live. That I can breathe without medical assistance. That I can proudly say that I welcome each day with a smile. Grateful for my family, my friends. I’m grateful for how I am loved, not only by God. I am grateful for the chances and opportunities that I have – I must let them work for me. I am grateful because I also love. I must practice patience, practice understanding, read between the lines, listen to my intuitive voice more often. I must also carry out the goals that I set out for myself to achieve.

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A Fast-Talking Dandy, a Rare Cat, a Storyteller: Victor Dlamini Captures Bongani Madondo

I'm Not Your Weekend SpecialIt’s not often that the biographer becomes the subject of a biography, but when it comes to Bongani Madondo, normal rules do not apply.

Victor Dlamini recently wrote an article on his website about the author of I’m Not Your Weekend Special: Portraits on the Life + Style and Politics of Brenda Fassie. He describes Madondo’s impeccable sense of style, his love of music and musicians, his diverse knowledge of different musical genres and his never-ending tendency to “turn convention on its head”.

“Where others worship at the altar of religion, it is safe to say that if Madondo has any faith that moves him at all, it is the connection with the ancient souls that walk this earth disguised as musicians,” Dlamini writes.

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He should have been a Sophiatown heavy. With his two-tone brogues, tweed jackets, and occasional bowtie, he looks like something straight out of Sophiatown. Or from the Harlem of the Renaissance in the 20’s. All of which would make sense because Bongani Madondo’s literary soul mates include James Baldwin, E’skia Mphahlele and Miriam Makeba. He is a fast talking dandy armed with an encyclopedic grasp of all things Pop drawn to noire movies. He devours long reads in Esquire, Vanity Fair or the Paris Review Of Books.

At a time when so many writers peddle words mostly to pay the rent, Madondo is that rare cat who still answers to a higher cause; the art of it all. It would be incorrect to call Madondo a reporter even though he has a nose for the news. Little wonder he calls himself a storyteller. But the stories he goes in search of stay with him for a long time. As he says in his Note to the Reader in I’m Not Your Weekend Special, “Way before I’d even seen her, let alone met her in person, the story of Brenda Fassie fascinated and perplexed me on many levels.”

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