Africa’s insensitivity to people with disabilities

It is widely accepted that from the late 20th century Africa has seen real improvement in living standards of its citizens. However, that has been on the background of gullible governments blindly adopting Western-oriented socioeconomic systems which have tended to undermine, hence weaken traditional social welfare systems. Significantly, the period has coincided with increasing socioeconomic inequality which has serious implications for traditionally disadvantaged communities such as disabled people and women. Continue reading

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Mthwakazi lessons from the ‘Arab Spring’

Egypt, Libya and Syria may currently be the least expected destinations for a keen political scholar yet Mthwakazi nationalists will do well to cast their eyes on those countries’ opposition activities, especially the organisation of that opposition and its execution of its aims and objectives. It is too early to objectively judge the performance of Mthwakazi nationalist organisations; what is clear though is the perfection of anti-Zimbabwe rhetoric, the mushrooming number of independence orientated political parties, Mthwakazi focused civic organisations and nationalist debates yet the apparent confusion of aims of nationalists restricts both execution and progress on the ground. Continue reading