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Is Dove’s racist campaign a mistake?

Dove+black+model+peals+white+racis+scandal.pngSouth Africans on Social media are looking after new beauty soap after Dove ran a ‘racist’ campaign in which a black woman turned white.

The post has since been deleted, but many social media users had screen grabbed the images.

Dove ran a Facebook advertising campaign in which used three images, showing a black woman peeling off a brown T-shirt to a white one underneath worn by a white woman.

Dove, owned by Unilever apologised  to furious consumers who threatened to boycott the brand with a Twitter of NOT more than 140 charterers

Using its official Twitter account the company posted an apology saying: “An image we recently posted on Facebook missed the mark in representing women of colour thoughtfully. We deeply regret the offence it caused.”

In a series of Twitter, South African Minister for Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa condemned Dove for the campaign

Some consumers have slammed Dove for the apology saying it is not genuine

The question is what was Dove’s intended message with the campaign. Was this campaign a slipp up or oversight from the side of Dove?

Share your views with us, we would like to hear from you


Google celebrates Enoch Sontonga on Freedom day with a doodle

freedom-day-and-enoch-sontongaAs South Africa celebrates 23 years of Freedom, search engine Google has decided to honour Enoch Sontonga who composed the country’s National Anthem, Nkosi Sikelel’iAfrika, albeit fused with Die Stem.

Nkosi Sikelel’iAfrika, has become synonymous with our Freedom – and can be heard echoed on all the South African Broadcasting Copotation, SABC, radio stations every morning like a prayer- if you care to wake up early.

In 1897 Sontonga composed the hym which calls on God to bless Africa. It became the anthem of the ANC in defience against the apartheid. The song was one of the many banned by the oppressive government of segregation in South Africa.

In 1997, Nkosi Sikeleil’ iAfrika became South Africa’s anthem with fusions of the Die Stem, The Call of South Africa, an apartheid anthem.

South Africa’s left wing oposition party the Economic Feedom Fighters (EFF) says ‘Die Stem’ must be removed from the national anthem. Do you agree?

There is NO doubt that Die Stem remains a sore spot in our democratic South Africa- for some reminding them of a dark past that disenfranchised black people.

The original Nkosi Sikelel’iAfrika

Nkosi, sikelel’ iAfrika
Maluphakamis’upondo lwayo
Yizwa imithandazo yethu
Nkosi sikelela, Thina lusapholwayo
Yehla Moya, Yehla Moya,
Yehla Moya Oyingcwele

English translation:

God bless Africa
May her horn rise high up
Hear Thou our prayers And bless us.
Descend, O Spirit
Descend, O Holy Spirit.

Hear the EFF’s Mbuyise Ndlozi sing Nkosi Sikelel’iAfrika

#AyandaMabulu: Freedom of expression or disrespect

Artist Ayanda Mabulu, controversial some might say, has shocked South Africans once more with a painting of President Jacob Zuma in a sexually compromising position- penetrating the first Democratic President of South South Africa Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela. This might as well be Mabulu’s most obscene work is his series of showing President Jacob Zuma and his genitals.

This explicit has divided views of social media users

The Nelson Mandela foundation has said in a statement that they find the painting distasteful.

❝The Foundation would like to express that it respects Mr Mabulu’s right to freedom of expression.

We however find this painting distasteful❞

Freedom of expression in the South African Constitution 

Section 16 contains detailed provisions with regard to freedom of expression, stating “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes freedom of the press and other media; freedom to receive or impart information or ideas; freedom of artistic creativity; and academic freedom and freedom of scientific research.”

Section 16 contains the following limitations to freedom of expression “The right in subsection (1) does not extend to propaganda for war; incitement of imminent violence; or advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion, and that constitutes incitement to cause harm.”

Mabulu says his latest painting show President Jacob Zuma raping Madiba’s legacy and people have a right to see it how they want to, but that is just his point of view.

What do you think about?





ANC MP Makhosi Khoza feels her voice is ignored by her political party

Dr Makhosi Khoza who is an ANC member of parliament, has taken to social media network Facebook to voice her dissatisfaction with the way leadership within the party dealt with, among other things the #AntiZumaMarches

Speaking about the April 7 marches against President Jacob Zuma, Dr Khoza says;

When society stands up, leave the comfort of their homes, stop doing their regular activities of a normal working day on this specific day, 7 April 2017, took to the streets to make an urgent agonizing call to their leaders of society. Revoltingly its leader chooses to see conspiracies of different shades and forms and not unity of purpose. I concede this may be the most definitive sign of irrelevance and chronic leadership incapacity.

In her Facebook tittle “Leadership Injudiciousness: deleterious to ANC relevance & lifespan”, You might need a dictionary to understand this 🙈, says wrote on her wall;

Today when my political home ignores my voice I have friends in Facebook, twitter etc. who share my frustrations, perspectives and vision for South Africa & my beloved African continent.

Dr Khoza who is the portfolio committee on public service and administration in parliament dares her Facebook fans to ask the ANC’s treasure General Dr Zweli Mkhize and the party’s Secretary General Gwede Mantashe or anyone whom she served with if she ever raised issues with leaders internally.

Khoza who is a single mother to, 24 year old daughter Zama and son Mlando, who is 24 says she has always warned to the ANC of the dangers of arrogance and complacency. She even even quotes herself, ❝In the absence of truth silence is a lie❞.

Read her Full post

#AntiZumaMarches at a glance, Trade Zuma for land and Dancing Gogos

South Africans from all all works of life, rich, poor, black and white united on something-for the first time in a long time must I add- that President Jacob Zuma steps down.

Desmond Tutu, who we call all agree is supposed to be cozy and warn in bed came out with the masses to support the call for Zuma to step down. 

I cant help but be reminded of the Archs’  warning in 2011.

❝I really am warning you out of love. I’m warning you like I warned the Nationalists. I am warning you. One day‚ we will start praying for the defeat of the ANC Government❞

You have to look at the backs of the trucks

Some placards were just raw andexplicit

Hows that, it looks like you can trade the embattled President

And see, English footbal Arsenal fans took their call for club manager Arsène Wenger to go

The Gogos were NOT left out in all the action

But will the marches yield any results? It is estimated that 60 thousand people, According to Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, in a country of 58 million took part in the protests.

Do you see, perhaps imagine is a better word, President Jacob Zuma saying;

❝Fellow South Africans, I have heard you and have decided to step down as President of the Republic and of the ANC with immediate effect. I apologise for any inconvenience caused, wherether intentional or unintentional ❞

Why is DA leader Mmusi Maimane wearing a bullet proof vest at #AntiZumaMarches

DA leader Mmusi Maimane pictured with his wife Natalie are at Mary Fitzgerald Square in the Johannesburg where they and thousands others are are calling for the removal of President Jacob Zuma from office.

Maimane is visibly wearing a bullet proof vest, perhaps in anticipation of violence. earlier this week, the ANC Youth League vowed to protect the ANC Headquarters Luthuli House and swore its intelligence to President Jacob Zuma. But can this be the reason?

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Introducing Twitter Lite for emerging markets

Twitter has introduced Twitter Lite, a mobile browser-friendly version that caters for those who worry about expensive data and slow internet connectivity like most South Africa.

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ANC MPs will NOT vote in favour of a motion of NO confidence against Zuma

ANC’s Secretary General Gwede Mantashe has to the media and in turn the republic that there is NO disciplined member of the ANC who will vote with the opposition. Mantashe was addressing a cohort of journalists at Luthuli House following the party’s national working Committee, the NWC.

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#ANCYL defends Zuma amidst calls for him to step down

The irrelevant youth wing of the ANC has vowed to defend President Jacob Zuma and affirmed his leadership until his end of term. Careful now, December when the ANC holds its elective conference where party members will choose new leaders, is only in 8 months. The ANCYL held a rally which was attended by a few members and supports in Germiston, east of Johannesburg.

Speaking at the rally Njabulo Ndzuza, ANCYL Secretary General said the ANC youth league supports President Jacob Zuma and the cabinet reshuffle.

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