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Mphuthumi Ntabeni

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Mphuthumi Ntabeni lives in Cape Town where he is a political commentator and writer. He writers for the Southern Cross and his book, The Broken River Tent is published by Black Back Book, an imprint of Jacana Books, in early 2018.

REVIEW — Women, power and the reinforcement of patriarchy

August is a time dedicated to the advancement of women, but despite lots of talk over the years, little has changed. Mphuthumi Ntabeni looks at Mary Beard's seminal book on the origins of misogyny and modern society perpetuates these. 

REVIEW — Pope Francis: Life & Revolution — A Biography of Jorge Bergoglio

Pope Francis: Life and Revolution - A Biography of Jorge Bergoglio (foreword by Sean Patrick O'Malley OFM Cap). Loyola Press, Elisabette Piqué. ISBN-10: 0829442170. 313 pages. I usually get put off quickly...

The hypocrisy of Obama

Not all were as impressed by the rousing Nelson Mandela Annual lecture given by former US President Barack Obama to a 15 000-strong packed...

The EFF land expropriation proposal

Land expropriation without compensation is what the EFF believes is necessary to redress the great land injustice in South Africa. Mphuthumi Ntabeni takes us through what this means by examining the history of land expropriation and the EFF's proposed way forward. 

Land expropriation and the Church’s pre-emptive Land Reform Policy

The Church in South Africa is clear on its stance on land expropriation and has set out a thoughtful course for progress. Mphuthumi Ntabeni walks us through the Church's deliberation process, and considers the road ahead for government as it moves to explicitly spell out the conditions in which expropriation without compensation may take place. 

Dear Cyril, where are our bold economic reforms?

A storm is coming and the urgent response needed is nowhere in sight, says Mphuthumi Ntabeni who looks at the International Monetary Fund's recent visit to the country, its advice, and the president's seeming lack of haste and action. Ntabeni writes an open lettter to Cyril Ramaphosa urging the promised bold reforms. 

Umlindi International Airport: A name to unite a nation

The renaming of airports has been in the news this week. In Cape Town the name of the airport - currently called 'Cape Town...

The simultaneous decline and rise of the Church?

Mphuthumi Ntabeni reflecting on the results of the recent referendum on abortion in Ireland muses on what might be going on. While many blame...

Localised Corruption and the Decline of Municipalities

The office of the Auditor General for South Africa has released audit reports for Municipalities for the 2016/17 financial year. The news is not...

Literature and the burden of history

Mphuthumi Ntabeni examines the state of literature in South Africa and asks why literary prizes are so scarce and why the development of culture...

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Localised Corruption and the Decline of Municipalities

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