Going back to Varsity, I didn’t have a plan of what I wanted to do with my life after I attended my degree. All I knew was I was going to be a scientist and get a job; that’s what was promised mos.
Author Archives: Jacob Cloete
The Evolution of Kendrick Lamar
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is truly a hip hop album. It fuses different styles into a coherent and well-balanced album.
I am tired of speaking about racism
The narrative is different because it is still lodged in the same civilising discourse that brought about slavery, colonialism and neo-colonialism. This discourse, so far, revealed itself in three ways. Firstly, how black students escaping the war were treated at the Ukrainian borders. Secondly, the “relatively civilised” comment made by senior CBS reporter Charlie D’Agata, and thirdly, the UN General Assembly vote on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
We will not survive the bio bubble
Higher Education institutions should be critical and debunk theories. However, some South African universities adopted the same COVID-19 approach as some countries in the Global North: closing their borders and only allowing a select few to enter, which yielded little results. Yet, Higher Education in South Africa has decided that this bio bubble approach would work best for the sector.
White Guilt Does Not Sell Anymore
What gave her the courage to call me to my face a “restless coloured?” What was she trying to achieve? The more I reflected, I realised she thinks of herself as a ‘transformed’ white person. Hence, she was oblivious to the racist remark forming in her psyche.
My Escape From Poverty – Part 8
After being an absent father for most of his life, my biological father decided to send me a friend request on Facebook. The irony of a friend request was not lost to me.
Let’s Talk About Currency
When we think about currency, we usually think about money. We think of it in Rand and cents. But what if there is more to currency than just money. What if there are many currencies that we are wasting because we haven’t learned to appreciate them, especially since they appear to have no material value. And that is what currency is; it is an exchange of value. Sometimes this value exchange is expected and not earned.
My Escape from Poverty – Part 7
During my escape from poverty, I did all sorts of work. Nothing was beneath me. I worked on a farm while still in high school. Many days I accompanied my grandfather on his tasks and daily routine.
Whose Paradise is this?
Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where we are the gazelles and in some predator’s paradise.
Therefore, even though the #Metoo movement made significant strides for Women, I am still a privileged male figure. My underserved privilege will take many opportunities from Women, and I do not feel good about this reality.