From the Editor: Time for a break

The past week has been interesting, to say the least. Rivonia trialist and anti-apartheid freedom fighter Ahmed Kathrada passed away, the President decided to reshuffle his cabinet like a deck of cards, and weed is kind of legal, sort of, but not really, according to the Western Cape High Court.

Ahmed Kathrada, an exemplary politician who embodied the values of responsible leadership passed away, leaving a legacy of respectable leadership that hopefully will be recognised by, and will influence future leaders.The President decided to reshuffle his cabinet, and it remains to be seen to what extent this will influence the country, economically and politically. This isn’t the first time that the President has made a radical decision which has led to opposition parties, as well as ordinary South Africans vehemently opposing his leadership. Interestingly, even some of the highest ranking members of the ruling party have taken to social media to denounce the President, and support those who were axed in the cabinet reshuffle. These are interesting times for South Africa, and hopefully the President’s reshuffle will have left ordinary South African’s with at least a trump in hand.

In a surprising ruling, the Western Cape High Court decided that enough was enough, and that everyone needed a break, so now you can kind of sort of smoke weed in your home, if that’s your thing. The legalisation of recreational marijuana has become a global discussion, with a few US states already allowing legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes. In South Africa, the topic of medical marijuana was already before Parliament, and with Fridays High Court ruling, it’s a possibility that the marijuana legislation being discussed will extend to recreational marijuana. To me it’s a sign of progress, with overwhelming scientific evidence favouring marijuana as a harmless recreational drug when used by adults in moderation.After all the insanity, it’s time for a break. The Easter holiday begins at the end of this week, and I’m looking forward to spending 10 days doing absolutely nothing. This edition is our last for the quarter, and I hope you enjoy it.Write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , we would love to hear your opinion on the cabinet reshuffle, recreational marijuana, or anything else that you’d like to share with us.

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