By Greg Mashaba
Over the past couple of weeks, Cde Pinky Khoabane has posted a number of requests for financial assistance towards meeting the costs of running and maintaining our much valued blog, Uncensored Opinion. I have noted that a few comrades and readers have intimated a desire to assist in that regard, and for that we are greatly thankful.
Maintaining a blog of this nature invariably necessitates the ploughing of a fairly huge amount of resources into the project. Some of that goes towards research, success of which depends on the availability of hard copies of literature and electronic documents. Yet an even bigger amount is spent on maintaining our own ICT systems. We have, for example , experienced a lot of cyber attacks which were primarily intended to crash and collapse our site. Last year (2017) alone I had two laptops rendered unusable due to cyber attacks. Cde PK has suffered the same fate on numerous occasions. We have often been asked about safeguarding our blog but as an independent platform with no advertising and income, such security is simply unreachable for us.
Uncensored Opinion has grown in popularity. This includes visits to the blog from within and outside of South Africa. If only a minimum and yet sizeable number of visitors were to make regular contributions to Uncensored Opinion, the quality of this site would be significantly enhanced. The nature of our stories requires that we spend a lot of time on research as previously explained and we find we dont always have the resources to do so.
We are aware that other similar sites charge readers fixed amounts. We at Uncensored Opinion strenuously reject such approach. Our mission is to facilitate free and open dissemination of information and public debate. Our approach is based solely on the fact that we believe that the site serves to promote our National Democratic Revolution and our internationalist duty to promote international solidarity and to roll back the ever-growing onslaught of neo-imperialism.
We sincerely hope that you, our esteemed readers and comrades, will have the generosity of heart to make regular contributions to this worthy cause .
Greg Alexander Mashaba
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Despite the bank being taken over by a curator, it is still operational.