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Jayaseelan Naidoo
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Jay Naidoo was an anti-apartheid activist and founding General Secretary of the most militant labour movement that was at the centre of the struggle for freedom. He went on to become the Minster of Reconstruction and Development and then Telecommunications under President Nelson Mandela.
He is today the Chairperson of GAIN a global foundation fighting malnutrition and hunger in the world.
He has recently returned to full time voluntary work, and publishes a blog at Jay’s recently published autobiography, 'Fighting for Justice', is available in leading bookstores.

Entries by Jayaseelan Naidoo

The Scramble for the Arctic and the Dangers of Russia's Race for Oil

(6) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 2:00 PM

One of our favorite sons of South Africa, Kumi Naidoo -- executive director of Greenpeace International -- faces his biggest test of leadership: wrestling with a Russian bear over the intentions of Gazprom, the Russian state-owned oil company, to drill for oil in the Arctic.
Forty-three days ago, 30...

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Is South Africa Losing the Battle?

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 6:13 PM

We are the biggest economy in Africa and a third of sub-Saharan GDP. Africa's average global governance index improved almost 8 times more than the country we freed under the leadership of Mandela, according to the Mo Ibrahim index. And that, even though our national budget has quadrupled...

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Video: Forum 2000 Opening Panel

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 5:17 PM


Photo: His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, greets me at the Forum 2000 Opening Panel Discussion: "Societies in Transition"

Forum 2000 set up by Vaclav Havel, an intellectual giant, philosopher, writer and the first President of the Czeck Republic. Forum 2000 is driven by...

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Humanity at a Crossroads: Fighting for Climate Justice

(19) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 2:26 PM

We are already teetering at the pollution level that can destroy the world's island states and low-lying deltas. Our survival is by no means guaranteed. The time to act is now.

"Time is running out for us in island states," warns Judge Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Secretary General of the Pacific...

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Small Scale Farming: Simple, Successful, Sustainable

(32) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 10:21 AM

On a recent visit to Japan, I was struck by the remarkable success of smallholder farming. I left the country convinced that subsistence farming can eradicate Africa's hunger crisis.
I wade into the paddy fields, nestled in the gentle mountains, hugged by the forests, along with Seiji Sugeno-san and...

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Open Data Platforms: A Tool to Revolutionize Governance

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 10:25 AM

Having returned from speaking at a conference hosted by the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on the issue of constituency feedback, I have re-learnt that important lesson: citizens always know better than the government or the market what works for them.

The question is whether our political elites are...

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When Love Hurts: The Reality of Gender-based Violence 20 Years on (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 5:24 PM

Established more than a century ago in 1910, NICRO takes pride in its place at the forefront of South Africa's unrelenting search for effective, lasting solutions to combating crime and creating safe, peaceful communities which are empowered to embrace opportunities to prosper. NICRO is the only national non-governmental...

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'I Raped Her Because She Belongs to Me'

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 3:18 PM

"I raped her because she belongs to me. I wanted to teach her a lesson. She is refusing everyone. Who does she think she is? She is just a woman. I own her body, she is my property; I don't have to ask her permission. She was dressed like a...

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Would Hani and Slovo Today Be Accused of Neo-liberalism and Counter-revolution?

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 6:40 PM

"The perks of a new government are not really appealing to me. Everybody would like to have a good job, a good salary... but for me that is not the be-all of struggle. What is important is the continuation of the struggle. The real problems of the country are not...
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'I Have a Right to a Toilet -- It's Human Dignity'

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 11:59 AM

"I don't feel I am a Kenyan. I don't see anyone who respects us slum dweller women. We are treated like dogs. We live in one room, with our children, even teenagers. We give birth there. We eat, sleep, cook and raise our children in these one-room shacks. We are...

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The Naandi Model: A Solution to Global Hunger?

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 2:05 PM

"We have fertile land and the water is plentiful but our people are poor." I stand in a fertile field stretching towards the mountains that frame the distant horizon. We are in a circle of peasant farmers who have tilled the land for generations. Former President Chissano, of Mozambique, has...

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My Apology on International Mandela Day

(2) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 10:25 AM

The season of 'imbongi' praise singing is upon us. July 18 marks our founding father Madiba's 94th birthday. Patriotic South Africans and many worldwide will line up to commit the mandatory 67 minutes to some good cause.

Today I apologize to the youth of the world. My generation has...

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Banishing Malnutrition - The Struggle Continues

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 2:47 PM

It's not every day that I take the opportunity to assess a decade's worth of work. Yet this year, I was placed in just such a position as I presided over the 10-year anniversary of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), as Chair of the Board. This is an...

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Money, Sex and Power

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 1:29 PM

While the 'Spear' debate raged last week a group of activists and academics convened in Cape Town to discuss the very issues that the controversial art sought to raise. The Forum titled provocatively title "Money, Sex and Power: The Paradox of Unequal Growth" brought back a flood of...

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An Infinite Vision: The Story of Aravind Eye Hospital

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2012 | 10:39 AM

I pay $1 to have an eye test. I can come two more times in the next three months and I will not be charged. I first do a glaucoma test, and then I am tested for vision, and then examined for a detailed uveitis test an eye disease which...

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South Africa's Passage Into Adulthood

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 9:34 AM

Last week was South Africa's 18th year birthday. Like a teenager, our social fabric has to deal with wild fluctuations of our hormones. We are cradled by the generosity of the human spirit and shocked at the mindless brutality of violent crime, especially against women and children. Corruption corrodes our...

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Our Future Lies in the Mother of Nature

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 11:04 AM

"Water is more precious than gold here in Cabo Pulmo" says Paulina Godoy Aguilar a local activist that lives here. I understand why as we cut through the majestic mountain range. The landscape is scarred by aridity screaming out for forgiveness. The cactus plants wizened by the scorching sun are...

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Ending LRA Violence: Now Is the Time

(5) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 10:24 AM

I have read and discussed many analyses of the Kony 2012 phenomenon. I have watched the movie. I have sought out and met the team behind Invisible Children. Like with anything in life I could have chosen to pick out all the negatives in the narrative. And there...

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The Coming "Egyptian Moment" in South Africa

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2011 | 3:14 PM

As we watch the Egyptian government concede to the demands of their citizens and closely follow the unraveling of the North African governments, one must acknowledge the millions of youth who are courageously going against the grain by breaking down social and political barriers. The global disenfranchisement of youth in...

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Food Security: A Matter of War and Peace

(4) Comments | Posted March 3, 2011 | 5:36 PM

As we watch the Jasmine Revolution continue to unfold in the Middle East, it's worth reflecting on the role of food security as a trigger of unrest. At the time of the first protests in Tunisia and Egypt, bread prices had risen 30 percent in the past year...

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