Author Archives: mrphamodi

Is DTT in South Africa simply dead in the water?

Has the DoC’s dithering left digital dead in the water?

In 2008, we were promised the dawn of a new, golden age in broadcasting. Digital terrestrial television (DTT), we were told, would open South Africa up to High Density (HD) television as a standard, better audio quality in the language of our choice and even being able to use our televisions to access government e-services.

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A general view of squatter shacks in Cape Town's Khayelitsha township

The toilet wars: take your shit and live with it

  There is a big stink in Cape Town. Literally. For some years, now, the so-called “toilet wars” have been a recurrent feature in the political battles waged in the Western Cape. The first of these was highlighted in 2010 when Khayelitsha residents took to the streets over undignified, uncovered toilet structures the City of

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sa-lesbian

This is “corrective rape.” These are its rules.

Earlier this week, the newspapers reported the discovery of another dead and mutilated lesbian body. Yet another poor, Black, landless, queer body with a vagina has been killed and the story, we’re told, is because she was gay. As the routine letters of condemnation from State, public and political officials came in their multitudes, and

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golliwog

The hair debate must end

A central pillar of the colonial project was the construction of the colonial subject. An exercise which necessarily required the absolute objectifiction of the native, even to herself, that she was no more than what was seen through her Master’s eyes. The continued question of the native’s hair is one such far-reaching implication of the

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candi

My white husband calls me ‘nigger bitch’ during sex

A heartbreaking story which reflects, albeit quite extremely, the experiences I and plenty of Blacks in my experience have had in intimate relationships with white folk. This is why I find so much power and sense in this piece from which the excerpt below comes. “i deal with racism everyday. i would like my house,

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capetownisracist

How to be a reverse racist: an actual step by step guide to oppressing white people

I’ve just about had it with white people claiming “reverse racism” at every off chance their whiteness is called into question and proactive measures are taken to reverse almost 400 years of their institutionalised privilege at the expense of Blacks. Several weeks ago, I posted on my personal facebook account a meme making mirthless jest

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