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Language in politics

Silence can be golden, but being quiet is not a privilege politicians should accustom themselves to, apart from when it is some form of constructive ambiguity. Politicians are in the business of either seeking to comment or react to media stories every day and night. Silence in politics is as potent as a shopkeeper who will not open his/ her shop.

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Pro-Mthwakazi politics: Communications Departments vital

Those who win elections do so, for the most part, because they have invested in effective communication structures and processes. Ideology espoused is important, but it, alone, is not enough. Our political processes need to adapt to the modern challenges and our educational process will be complete when we have learned how to learn and change.

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Ethnicity, Home, Media & Politics, Progressive Debate, Tribalism

When the unsaid speaks loudest

Social media has transformed our communication abilities; it has essentially levelled the ‘playing field’, extended our scope and increased the speed data is shared (access and presentation). That brings along a host of unforeseen challenges; those of us on social media understand that every time we post a photo or update our statuses we are contributing to our digital footprint and personal brand.

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Democracy, Education, Home, Media & Politics, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe not ready to breakaway from dictatorship

We are acutely aware of Zimbabwe’s elaborate political system of manipulation, intimidation and disempowerment. Zimbabwe’s independence has set free dictators but enslaved the people. It is a system that handsomely rewards conformists but shows little tolerance for independent thinkers.

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Democracy, Home, Media & Politics

Biased media and democracy deficit

Expecting the media to be apolitical is rather too much to expect from any human being or any human-led institution. Ideally, one would want the media’s role to be that of providing well researched information to the people and allowing the public to make independent and informed judgement. The media should preferably not be telling people what things to see or how to think.

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Democracy, Home, Media & Politics, Morgan Tsvangirai, Progressive Debate

Zimbabwe’s political future is bigger than any one man

For all his popularity, Morgan Tsvingirai is not a lesser dictator! For the better part of the last 15 years he has become the face of Zimbabwe’s faltering opposition politics; he has become a political figure portraying himself as a democrat yet wilfully subverting democratic principles and processes for personal gains at every opportunity. He has become a disaster in-waiting; a political figure who requires temporary suspension of reason by the electorate as a necessity to support his policies.

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