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Sports administration has always taken the bad headlines in the media. Year after year we constantly and consistently see the same headlines about maladministration and misuse of funds. Are there any lessons to be drawn from the constant mistakes, or is it wilful disregard for the industry as a business like any other? These are the questions that I am left asking myself, and now I think I have an answer that I am not saying is the blueprint of what must happen, but at least let us make this the starting point. As the saying goes, a fish starts…


Amongst my Arsenal Football Club-loving friends and associates, I have been given the title of AFTV Hater in Chief. The titled question has been asked to me more times than I choose to remember. I have had many responses over the years, and they all have been dependent on who is asking and why. My response has however always been grounded on one single principle as to why I am not a Fan of AFTV: Conflict of interest. Today this question has been asked of me because I have celebrated the fact that a section of the Arsenal fans chanted…


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I recently watched a conversation between Yuval Noah Harari, a historian, philosopher and author, and Michael Sandel, a political philosopher, and Professor of Government Theory at Harvard University Law School. My mind raced as I watched this discussion, taking away lessons that I can apply in my personal life. The two gentlemen discussed Michael Sandel’s new book, “The Irony of Merit: What’s become of the common good”. The book is essentially trying to make sense of the rise of strongman politics, which is a type of authoritarian political leader. Strongman rule is a form of authoritarian rule characterised by autocratic…


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So… What does it mean to be an anti-racist? It means acknowledging that your upbringing internalised certain racist ideologies — ideas suggesting that certain racial groups are better or less than others. In South Africa, these ideas were entrenched by laws that created a racially defined social hierarchy. Those that live in South Africa, whether their Black, White, Indian or coloured, genuinely believe that Black people are lazy, dubious, suspicious, loud, criminal, and typically uncouth.

The year 2020 will not only be remembered as the year that the Coronavirus brought the world to a complete halt. It will also be…


“What makes a good salesperson? Let me be clear that it’s not the person who can talk someone into anything. It’s not the hustler who is a smooth talker. The best salespeople are the ones who put themselves in their customer’s shoes and provide a solution that makes the customer happy.”

― Mark Cuban

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Throughout my life, I have had a great interest in the business of sport. It led me to complete the FIFA/CIES Executive Sports Management Program. It is a course I would recommend to anyone who wants to venture into the business of sports management and even…


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A crisis is arguably the most significant test a leader will face. Leaders who have etched their names in history books did so by grabbing the bull by the horns, leading from the front, and leading by example, when the world needed them most. Some examples in modern history include Sir William Wallace and his influential role in the First War of Scottish Independence, Sir Winston Churchill and his bold, decisive leadership during World War II and Lee Kuan Yew who rapidly transitioned Singapore from a “developing third world country into a developed first world country within a single generation”…


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In as much Lockdown has been a trying period, it has granted us the opportunity to slow down and take time to do things we would normally never do. Within the fast-paced world we live in, I hadn’t had time to listen to some of the old music which I used to enjoy throughout the years. Today was one of those days that I managed to allow YouTube to lead me down a wormhole of old music, and I stumbled upon the song ‘Bhogo Bhogo’ by Memory Zaranyika (circa the early 2000s.)

‘Bhogo bhogo’ is sung from the perspective of…


Our land of “peace”, our Zimbabwe

In the past few months, we have witnessed the latest wave of violence against Zimbabwean citizens by state agencies, particularly directed at sections of the public exercising their constitutional rights to freedom of speech and peaceful protest. It is this wave that has reached the global shores through the hashtag Zimbabweanlivesmatter. For many in the international community, this is news, but for Zimbabweans, this is merely the most recent instalment in the country’s history of violence against dissenting views of the political elite. I would like us to ask the question how did we…


The current state of Hip-Hop in the world has led many who are not fans of it to believe it is nothing but mumbling over beats and ad-libs. One of the founding elements of Hip Hop, when it started in the late 70s; MCing has of late taken the back seat and Hip Hop has become more about the vibe and not the art of storytelling. …


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As a people, our narrow understanding of political processes needs to stretch beyond the formal 5-year voting exchange. Because of the nature of Zimbabwean politics, however, most of us believe that we only have two, right options, making the third, and possibly better option an antagonist in our political narrative. A new and urgent approach to civic storytelling is crucial — one which moves the act of marking an X from the core to the periphery of political engagement. A paradigm shift that allows us to appreciate the dynamism of politics and guide who we vote for and why.

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