Comrade Parker Segage from Alexandra township in Johannesburg has fallen on Thursday 20th August 2009, at the age of 71, after a long illness. The late Segage was born in Alexandra on 23rd March 1938. Segage went to Kilnerton College were he was taught by Dr Mogoba, former President of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) of Azania, among others. Segage was a committed freedom fighter for life, and served the poor African masses through the PAC at various levels and fronts.
When it comes to learning how to fight poverty, almost all the experts agree that The Peoples’ Republic of China is the best place to begin.
“China has set an example internationally for reducing poverty, raising hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in twenty years,” said Yukon Huang, Chief of the World Bank’s Resident Mission in the Peoples’ Republic.
The Chinese Government embarked on a poverty reduction campaign in 1978 and by 1993, the number of poor people in China was reduced from 250 million to only 80 million, thereby reducing the incidence of poverty among the people by more than 30% – a very impressive achievement indeed.
With a US$35 billion support from the World Bank, the government of The Peoples’ Republic of China launched a carefully planned and monitored campaign, consisting of over 220 projects scattered around the country-side to address the problem of poverty.
Mayihlome News wishes to welcome home daughter of the soil, Mokgadi Caster Semenya, and congratulates her for making us proud. Your victory is victory for Africans. We condemn the racist treatment you have been subjected to by white supremacists at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships. That barbaric treatment is an insult to all African people. Africans demand of the IAAF not only an apology but that the white bigots who orchestrated this demeaning conduct on your person must be named and fired.
Addressing the annual dinner of the American Press Association in 1914 John Swinton, editor of the New York News said “There is no such thing as an independent press in America. Not a man among you dares to utter his honest opinion. We are the tools and the vassals of the rich behind the scenes. We are marionettes. These men pull the strings and we dance. Our time, our talents, our lives and our capacities are all the property of these men – we are intellectual prostitutes.” I am asking my countrymen and women who are journalists if they are like the way John Swinton describes them in the foregoing lines or are they different? They must search their souls and be honest. Are they proud of their reportage vis-à-vis the wretched of the African continent?
If Siki Mgabadeli’s recent morning talk show on SAFM radio is anything to go by, then there’s no South African identity. Her predecessor, Tebogo Matima also had a discussion on that topic in the past and was equally befuddled, completely bamboozled. It is sad that the public broadcaster is used to trivialize issues of national importance. Matima and Mgabadeli betrayed their dilettantism. They really dabbled with a subject of national importance. Moreover, Mgabadeli’’s show was replete with cliché’s and anecdotes. She kept on asking, “Do South Africans have an identity”?
An identity in this context refers to who or what South Africans are, the characteristics determining who or what they are. There must be something that makes South Africans who or what they are, something common among them, an identity. What is it? A passport, as suggested on Mgabadeli’s show? A forged one also? Or a myriad of other preposterous and nebulous things that were brought up on that show which have nothing do with our national identity?
The Pan Africanist Youth Congress (PAYCO) calls on Letlapa Mphahlele to step down immediately.
Recently, the WESTERN CAPE HIGH COURT Case Number 12174/2008, in the matter between Motsoko Pheko and Letlapa Mphahlele & Others ruled that the Constitution that was adopted at the National Congress on 04-06 July 2008, in terms of which Mphahlele was elected president, is null and void automatically nullifying Mphahlele and cronies’ title to PAC leadership.
AP Mda’s 1958 The Africanist Case exposition leaves no doubt that Charterism has neglected the objective basis of society in favour of the purely subjective world. Charterists are imposters. There are many examples one can cite to corroborate the above. Let us take NEPAD and African renaissance for instance. The authors of NEPAD pretended as if there were no other better continental economic blueprints that preceded NEPAD like The Lagos Plan of Action for example.
According to its January, 1958 constitution, the African National Congress (ANC) stands for the “creation of a united democratic South Africa on the principles outlined in the Freedom Charter”. The new body, the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), according to its April, 1959 constitution, stands for the “establishment and maintenance of an Africanist socialist democracy, recognizing the primacy of the material and spiritual interest of the individual”.
31 July is African Heroes Day in the Africanist calendar. This is a day to commemorate and honour the founding fathers and mothers of the African liberation struggle.
Anton Mziwakhe Lembede passed on six decades ago in 1947 at the early age of 33. Lembede was a firebrand youth leader who pioneered the historic 1949 Nation Building programme. It is therefore fitting, as we commemorate the heroes and heroines of the liberation struggle, to pay special tribute to Lembede, who is regarded as the father of Africanism.
At the time when the liberation movement was docile and lacking in direction, it was Lembede and his contemporaries who breathed life into the liberation movement by putting forward a clearly defined Programme of Action which talked to relevant issues of the day – to fight for the freedom of the African masses from settler colonialism. It is this programme that also inspired the formation of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) in 1959.
Comrade Jeffery Sedi Modise will be remembered as a shining light at time when darkness…