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Is this a case of people getting what they deserve? Persistent poor service delivery as a result of blind support to/for ANC?


However, by focusing so much on kingdoms to counteract this lie - I think that we have swallowed another, more subtle kind of lie. This is the idea that societies with centralised and hierarchical political power structures - such as monarchies - are more advanced and noble than those with decentralised, horizontal power structures.

This is so important.


As someone who grew up in an African country and spent sometime in North America, I would say there are various reasons one can point to [language, economic conditions, nature of available technology etc]. Most conversations in my growing up were ephemeral + oral. Mobile phones started changing the landscape. Facebook and Messaging apps like Telegram, Viber, and WhatsApp changed a lot of conversations from peer-to-peer to ‘mediated’ ones. I would say that most African-based folks are every social and active in discussions. They are just not in the platforms Westerns frequent, and increasingly so with closed-messaging platforms like WhatsApp groups.



Statement of FSF board on election of Richard Stallman — Free Software Foundation — Working together for free software

As we work on these issues, let’s not forget the purpose of our movement, or the great work of our staff and all the good people of the free software community who are dedicated to users’ freedom…


RMS addresses the free software community — Free Software Foundation — Working together for free software

It was right for me to talk about the injustice to Minsky, but it was tone-deaf that I didn’t acknowledge as context the injustice that Epstein did to women or the pain that caused. I’ve learned something from this about how to be kind to people who have been hurt. In the future, that will help …


There are quite a few others. On this page, https://baraza.africa/communities, any entry with a single name is primarily local (belongs to this instance) and anything with @ is primarily federated from other instances.

Some others include:

This instance has been intentionally quiet and as more mod tools mature, we will start reaching out, for example to African-focused subreddits and Twitter spaces. Anything you see here is 100% organic. If you feel there are ways we can improve, please propose it.


I would be happy to have it in a data center somewhere in Africa to reduce the hair-pinning and also give it the fullness of Africa. However, when I checked options (like Angani), it was not easy to set up a VPS. Will look harder next time. Do you have recommendations for reliable VPS hosts?


“I think whistleblowers are punished for doing good in a system that says it needs them but does not act that way,” says Dr Victor Munnik, a research associate at the society, work and politics institute at Wits University, who wrote about Van Eeden in his 2012 PhD thesis.



100% agree. Too many lives lost or significantly degraded because of corruption. Health Care budgets have been hemorrhaged for decades and now that the pandemic exposed the hospitals, it is clear no corruption is ‘small’. The long term effects are disastrous.


Interesting. I have not checked how the ID component is wired to ensure it is both anonymous BUT verifiable, especially seeing how Kenya Revenue authority kind of lowered account setup anonymity: https://iwhistle.kra.go.ke/welcome/


I tried replicating it on enterprise but also can’t seem to. It had happened to me twice on lemmy.ml so I will keep an eye on it. It could be my firefox browser or automated post updates clashing with javascript blockers.


Upgraded Baraza. All feels much faster.

Just noted that if someone posts while you are entering text in the comment box, your draft comment disappears. I do not know if this is on other instances but I’ll monitor it today and file an issue.




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