So, how about some Braai Day thoughts to go with those chops….

The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” – Milan Kundera

When I was a kid I grew up knowing today’s now holiday as “Shaka Day”.

It was awesome, having a whole day named after me. Of course as time passed it got a little less awesome – for one thing the day was renamed to an infinitely less sexy name – Heritage Day. And the other, well, It’s not so cool celebrating the day our greatest nation- builder was killed.

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Isn’t it telling how many of our public days mark the death of our people?

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Reconciling our Past. And Future

This Reconciliation Day article reflects on some of the causes of the decline of the Zulu military might prior to Blood River.

First Published in Sunday Independent December 16, 2012

An early MK flyer

An early MK flyer

Today is a glorious day; some will say.

Besides the more obvious political platitudes that engulf Mangaung today (at the ANC’s elective Conference of Dec 2012), some will point out that today is the day that the ruling party’s armed wing Umkhonto We Sizwe (MK) was formed in the days when it was still a party-non-grata in 1961.

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