Ismail Dhorat is a South African who is passionate about the possibility of the internet and technology and it's ability to institute social change. He is the founder of Zye labs & Startup Africa.
Latest posts by Ismail Dhorat
South Africa: Celebrating First Gold Medal in 8 Years
Congratulations have been pouring in for South African swimmer Cameron van der Burgh who picked up South Africa's first gold medal after the country's dismal failures at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He is also South Africa's first male swimming Olympic gold medalist.
South Africa: Urban Road E-Tolling Looms Despite Public Resistance
Despite public outcry, legal challenges and protest actions from civic organisations and labour unions, urban road e-tolling is set to go ahead in Gauteng province in South Africa. This is a roundup of what South African netizens are saying about the cashless payment system for road operators.
South Africa: What People Forward a Gang Rape Video?
A 10 minute and 33 second cellphone viral video of a 17-year-old mentally handicapped girl being gang raped by seven men in South Africa has sparked anger and outrage online.
South Africa: Kommandokorp – Extremist Hate Group or Afrikaner Nationalism?
The Mail & Guardian ran a story recently about an extremist right-wing survival camp in Johannersburg breeding virulent racism, training teenage boys in its ideology. The camp is run by Kommandokorps, which describes itself as an elite organisation “protecting its own people” in the event of an attack.
South Africa: Virgin Active Caught in Racism Row
South African newspapers ran a story recently about a South African woman who was racially abused in public at the Virgin Active gym in Morningside, Johannesburg. The story has caused a public outcry on social media which resulted in Virgin Active re-opening the investigation into the incident.
South Africa: Student Anti-Racism Poster Causes a Stir
South Africa's Democratic Alliance Students Organisation recently released a controversial poster as part of their anti-racism campaign, which shows a naked mixed-race couple embracing. The poster has caused a huge stir on Facebook, Twitter and blogs and even generated viral spoof posters.
South Africa: Taxis Defiant of New Bus System for World Cup
A new public transit bus system launched in time for the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa is being met with vociferous protests from drivers of taxis (mini busses). South African bloggers discuss.
South Africa: Is Caster Semenye a man or a woman?
Caster Semenye, a young South African runner who recently won a gold medal at the World championships in Berlin has been thrown into the spotlight, and not due to her victory but rather her gender. The question is: Is Caster Semenye a man or a woman? In this post we are summarising bloggers' reaction to the controversy.
South Africa: Storm Brewing Between Government, Striking Doctors & Unions
In the last few months there has been a storm brewing between different parties here in South Africa related to the public health care system. Doctors, unions and government are at odds without being able to come to a compromise. There have been accusations made by all sides and doctors...
South Africa celebrates Youth Day and remembers the past
June 16, which is now referred to as Youth Day here in South Africa is day when we remember the past. On June 16, 1976 the Soweto uprising occurred sparked by laws that would force all education to be delivered in Afrikaans.
South Africa: ANC hosts debate on twitter for upcoming elections
There is a final push by political parties contesting the upcoming elections in South Africa. In particular, the ruling party the ANC (African National Congress) held a debate via twitter Today.
South Africa: Uproar over visa refusal for Dalai Lama
The South African government has denied the Dalai Lama a visa to attend a Peace Conference that will be held in South Africa. The government decision has sparked an uproar online on Twitter, Facebook and blogs.
Africans Blog About Poverty For Blog Action Day 08
BlogAction Day is a day when bloggers around the world focus on one particular topic on their respective blogs. The topic for 2008 is poverty. This global day encourages discussion and leads to campaigns and raises awareness of the issue worldwide.