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Removing Racism: A conscious effort

7 January 2016

In her poor excuse for an apology, Penny Sparrow said her racist comment wasn’t meant to be taken personally. She missed the point entirely. It is precisely because her comment about people being ‘monkeys’ was not directed at a particular person acting in a particular way but at a whole section of the community, that…

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Spelling affects sales (and saves lives)

22 July 2014

I was reading a youth-focused science journal the other day that included some letters published verbatim from school children in grade 11 and 12. I do not expect English from second-language English speakers in rural or semi-rural schools to be any better than my Matric-level Afrikaans, which was pretty bad. But one of the letters could…

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