African Postman: A Great South African Scientist and Humanitarian


Former president of South Africa Thabo Mbeki said at the funeral of Professor Phillip Tobias that his legacy was “too important and too durable to be forgotten.”  Professor Emeritus at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Tobias died on June 7 at the age of 86. Many dignitaries, including President Jacob Zuma, attended his funeral at … More African Postman: A Great South African Scientist and Humanitarian

Real Revolutionaries


Yes, the Petchary has been slowed down by work and other writing pursuits.  This one, though, is a tribute to two men whose urgent voices have been quietened.  For now.  But they have been, and will continue to be, inspiring. Gil Scott-Heron loved the word “revolution.”  After all, he emerged during the heady days of … More Real Revolutionaries