Talking Point 18.9.2017 08:35 am

Why it’s racist to think aliens built the pyramids

The African continent is full of amazing architectural achievement, but many find it impossible to believe Africans could have built them.

Some of the most impressive buildings and cities ever made by humans can be found in Africa: the ruined city of Great Zimbabwe, Mapungubwe in South Africa, Kenya’s Gedi Ruins and Meroe in Sudan. Perhaps the most awe-inspiring of these are the last remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.

Why it’s racist to think aliens built the pyramids
Why it’s racist to think aliens built the pyramids

Why it’s racist to think aliens built the pyramids

The African continent is full of amazing architectural achievement, but many find it impossible to believe Africans could have built them.

Cyril will probably be ANC president – but who says he’ll be SA president?
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Cyril will probably be ANC president – but who says he’ll be SA president?

The recent ‘smear campaign’ may be a sign of desperation from a Zuma faction with no guarantee the ANC will win the 2019 election with a majority.
SA needs to sober up to save itself from sickly state-owned enterprises
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SA needs to sober up to save itself from sickly state-owned enterprises

The government is said to be seriously considering selling its stake in telecommunication firm, Telkom, in order to save the troubled South African Airways (SAA).
SA needs to get beyond the idea of just ‘redistributing wealth’
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SA needs to get beyond the idea of just ‘redistributing wealth’

The poor are getting more numerous and poorer, and we need better policy ideas.
Obsession with growth won’t help SA’s economic recovery
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Obsession with growth won’t help SA’s economic recovery

Finance minister Malusi Gigaba’s 14 point plan assessed.
How SA business can help government fix the economy
Business

How SA business can help government fix the economy

What business is willing to say to itself is as important, as what it says to government.
How smart meters can save water in drought ridden Cape Town
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How smart meters can save water in drought ridden Cape Town

The water crisis in South Africa’s Western Cape is cause for grave concern.
The lesser known and scarier facts about unemployment in SA
Business

The lesser known and scarier facts about unemployment in SA

The latest South African jobs statistics continue to reflect a shockingly high unemployment rate which will take some doing to reverse.
SA’s first online rhino horn auction ends in risky impasse
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SA’s first online rhino horn auction ends in risky impasse

Private rhino horn owner John Hume recently held South Africa’s first online rhino horn auction, a major event in the ongoing fight by private rhino owners to be able to sell legal horn stocks.
Women in power are complicit in SA’s gender-based violence
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Women in power are complicit in SA’s gender-based violence

As SA marked Women’s Month, which celebrates the milestones and achievements of its women, a politically charged event involving gender-based violence made the headlines.
The example of the US shows black economic empowerment doesn’t work
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The example of the US shows black economic empowerment doesn’t work

In the US, the most successful ethnic group are the Asians, and no one ever created a policy to help them out.
What Barack Obama’s record-breaking Mandela tweet tells us about the world
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What Barack Obama’s record-breaking Mandela tweet tells us about the world

Judging by the replies and comments, the tweet seems to have offered some respite to the rapid depletion in social morale in the US.
Those who brought Zuma to power shouldn’t be forgotten, or forgiven
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Those who brought Zuma to power shouldn’t be forgotten, or forgiven

It is now a matter of record – rather than an issue for serious debate – that the presidency of Jacob Zuma has been an unmitigated disaster for South Africa.
Is the rhino horn auction a good or bad thing?
South Africa

Is the rhino horn auction a good or bad thing?

Those in favour of it say it will reduce poaching, but they may be somewhat optimistic while the cash registers start to ring.
SA’s labour movement has become middle class
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SA’s labour movement has become middle class

The Cosatu of today would be almost unrecognisable to those it represented at the start of democracy.
SA universities need to rethink how they invest their millions
Business

SA universities need to rethink how they invest their millions

Universities have the power to transform society not just through how they operate their campuses, but how they invest their endowments and pensions funds.
Grace Mugabe: why diplomatic immunity isn’t always an ‘out of jail’ ticket
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Grace Mugabe: why diplomatic immunity isn’t always an ‘out of jail’ ticket

There is no basis in law for the spouse of a head of state to claim – as a right or entitlement – some form of immunity when visiting a foreign state.
Why Mkhwebane is an ‘incompetent’ public protector
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Why Mkhwebane is an ‘incompetent’ public protector

An expert weighs in on what the advocate got so badly wrong in her recommendations against the Reserve Bank.
SA’s social media is giving consumers power to ‘discipline’ big business
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SA’s social media is giving consumers power to ‘discipline’ big business

Outsurance, Spur and Bell Pottinger – all have felt the wrath of Twitter’s little birds and Facebook’s slaps.
How hunger affects the mental health of pregnant mothers
Fitness and health

How hunger affects the mental health of pregnant mothers

The mental health of pregnant women can be affected by a range of factors, including partner violence and unemployment.
New research says SA fathers do take care of their kids
Lifestyle

New research says SA fathers do take care of their kids

Despite the country having a high rate of absent fathers, many choose to remain involved in meaningful ways in their children’s lives.
The end of South African universities?
South Africa

The end of South African universities?

Former vice-chancellor Jonathan Jansen argues that there is no future for South African universities.
What Marikana teaches us about Zuma’s government
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What Marikana teaches us about Zuma’s government

The police seemed to think they lived in a society where deadly force was the best option. That says a lot about government.

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