Ndumiso Ngcobo

Ubuntu: The Art of Catering for Gatecrashers

Ubuntu: The Art of Catering for Gatecrashers

In his bestselling book, Could I vote DA?, my friend and colleague at PowerFM, Eusebius McKaiser, makes a compelling argument about the fuzziness of the concept of Ubuntu. Okay, he does more than that. He calls Ubuntu “at worst an incoherent ethical theory and at best an underdeveloped… Read More →

Why GMO haters really get my goat

Why GMO haters really get my goat

Most people are flabbergasted when I tell them that I’m a great fan of genetic modification. I like to point out when Chris Barnard and his gardener were perfecting the first heart transplants people were skeptical about the ethical issues around putting dead people’s hearts… Read More →

Crazy is good. Sometimes.

Crazy is good. Sometimes.

  While watching the best soapie in South Africa, the Oscar Pistorius trial, I was particularly intrigued when the state prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, expressed his intention to send Oscar to the loony bin “for observation” (that’s legalese for ‘to check if the pot is on… Read More →

The Curious Case of Boity’s Bottom

The Curious Case of Boity’s Bottom

A young actress’s buttocks almost caused a civil war in the country this week, An extremely shapely pair of buns, I might add. Not that I stared at them for longer than two seconds, I swear. In case you were distracted by pointless issues such… Read More →

Boeps are Built in Township Kitchens

Boeps are Built in Township Kitchens

When I was 10, I spent most of my waking hours on Saturdays playing football on the gravel pitch behind the dry-cleaners at Sishi’s shopping centre in Mpumalanga township, Hammarsdale. Those games rarely lased less than three to four hours because no one could afford… Read More →

Compliments of the season

Compliments of the season

  In a 1997 episode of the hit sitcom Seinfeld, Frank Costanza (father of George) introduces Festivus, a holiday alternative to Christmas, celebrated on December 23. One of the rituals assocated with this holiday, Costanza explains, is the Airing of Grievances, which involves sitting your family… Read More →

The beautiful shame

The beautiful shame

Contrary to popular belief, prokaryotic single-celled bacteria and archaeans are not the most primitive life forms of earth. Football hooligans are. In case you’ve just crawled out from under a rock, a football hooligan is someone who joins a similarly bran-damaged amoeba disguised as human… Read More →

DreamWorks Wants My Script

DreamWorks Wants My Script

Sometime last year I found myself in a rental vehicle, approaching the Gosforth toll plaza on the N17 in Germiston. At this point it occurred to me that I had forgotten my wallet in the cubby hole of my regular vehicle, but seeing as I… Read More →

Give Owls, Cats and Snakes a Chance

Give Owls, Cats and Snakes a Chance

A few weeks ago I changed my Twitter avatar to the image of an owl, to capture my nocturnal nature. I have been fending off disapproving messages about the “scary”, “ominous” and “disturbing” picture ever since. I have had to check the date a few… Read More →

Cut with a Comment, not a Cane

Cut with a Comment, not a Cane

I’ve been following, with keen interest, the mooted amendments to the Children’s Act which might culminate in the outlawing of spanking of children in the home. I am fascinated by how passionate people are about their right to bliksem their children. In my other life,… Read More →

Lost in a Maze with No Licence

Lost in a Maze with No Licence

It really grinds me when people share their opinions about books, articles or documents that they haven’t read. It is for that reason that I’m about to invoke the law of attraction from that bestseller by Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, despite never having read it.… Read More →

I’ll Only Put it In a Little Way

I’ll Only Put it In a Little Way

If we’re being honest, there really is not much difference in happiness levels between single and married people. It’s like everything else; what you lose on the one hand, you gain on the other. It’s a zero-sum game. Sometimes I look back at my bachelor… Read More →

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By Ndumiso Ngcobo – Headline Act

Ndumiso Ngcobo – Headline Act It’s because he’s black, obviously…One of the country’s sharpest satirists, Ndumiso quit his decent job as maths and science teacher just when his country needed him most. He has penned two collections “Some of My Best Friends Are White” and “Is it coz I’m Black”. This is his regular column that appears in the Lifestyle and Entertainment section of the Sunday Times. Follow him on Twitter @NdumisoNgobo

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