Miriam Makeba remixed

Absolutely loving the reminder and remix (not so sure about that club version) of Miriam Makeba’s Pata Pata by Milk & Sugar “Hi-a ma”. A beautiful day in Joburg – sun shining, sky is blue – and it’s a good way to keep your mind off today’s news which includes the passing of the visionary Steve Jobs, a sad Desmond Tutu whose 80th birthday party has been spoiled by the government’s flawed and ugly decision to not permit the Dalai Lama into the country and the bizarre revelations in this morning’s The Times about in cash-in-transit-heist money finding its way into ANC branch politics. Strange days indeed.

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Let in the Dalai Lama

#93. Join the call to let in the Dalai Lama and restore South Africa’s good karma. The Times is reporting that Constitutional Court judge Kate O’Regan has come out in support of Health Minister Barbara Hogan who earlier this week was quoted as saying: ‘‘Just the very fact that this government has refused entry to the Dalai Lama is an example of a government [that] is dismissive of human rights… I believe [the government] needs to apologise to the citizens of this country, because it is in your name that this great man who has struggled for the rights of his country… has been denied access.’’

Hogan’s comments were referred to as “unfortunate” by a government spokesperson.

O’Regan added: “I also want to say that, like you, who remembers the years of the 1980s when South Africa was so fortunate to have friends all over the world assisting our human rights struggle, that it is a matter of dismay that human rights does not seem to enter into the picture of some foreign affairs decisions that are made.”