Guest Column

SA’s like a smartphone: It would be fab if we could figure out how to use it

2015-06-30 20:21

Smartphone owners who use half the “smart” features of their handsets are a thousand a dime. It’s like South Africa. It has all the constitutional and institutional gizmos, but when it comes to functionality, the country sometimes exhibits the features of a “brick phone”.

Stop the clocks. Today was social media day – the most important day of the year

2015-06-30 16:48 1 comments | 72 views

The boss walks past. Facebook again? It’s Social Media Day, you say, flashing a broad smile.

Does maintenance really have to be a grudge purchase?

2015-06-24 17:11 7 comments | 1102 views

Papgeld – one word that gets a deadbeat dad heading for the hills or rogue baby mama saying “I did the hard part”. Don’t quote me on that one.

Nkandlagate is an example of how we have been disrespected as citizens

2015-06-18 16:41 28 comments | 3128 views

Growing up in a new South Africa, I was enlightened by the many courageous men and women who have sacrificed their lives so that I can enjoy freedom.

Curro saga: Segregation is segregation, no matter which way you try to spin it

2015-06-18 14:38 68 comments | 4697 views

The Curro school in Roodeplaat, Pretoria, just can’t seem to shake off the vestiges of apartheid. Parents who don’t want the wheel to keep turning in this way, have a choice to make.

Organ donation: What’s your dying wish?

2015-06-09 17:43 1 comments | 357 views

It’s not done in my culture. That’s the standard explanation people often give for not wanting to do something without elaborating on the merits and demerits of the deed.

Match tax-collecting vigour with spending sense

2015-06-08 17:17 513 views

The South African Revenue Service is arguably the most efficient arm of the government – it collects taxes and even exceeds targets. But it’s about time we as taxpayers got value for money and a bit of respect.

‘Accidental’ power cut not what the doctor ordered

2015-06-05 17:44 636 views

Bad things come in threes, and if a power utility and a municipal water supplier have anything to do with your misfortune, triple the pain is in order.

E-tolls: ANC holds road users hostage

2015-05-20 18:31 12 comments | 1948 views

What was the ANC thinking when it decided to review e-tolls, only to shove a different but still unpalatable version of the system down Gautengers throats?

SA print media self-'regulation' remains ineffective

2015-04-29 10:07 638 views

The right of the public to a free media is indisputable. It is an essential component of South Africa’s democracy, says Lumko Mtimde.

Conflating the figures - Zimbabwe attempts to justify selling off its wild elephants

2015-04-15 12:34 3 comments | 615 views

Zimbabwe’s elephant population is so large that it has reached double the country’s carrying capacity, writes Adam Cruise.

Adam Habib: Wits allows for plurality of perspectives

2015-03-20 12:26 1 comments | 1630 views

Professor Adam Habib responds to a recent open letter by Howard Feldman who wondered if Wits University had lost its way.

Black brain, white brain: The new wave of racist science

2015-03-12 08:23 16050 views

The last decade has seen a revival of a very old and long-discredited idea: that intelligence is influenced by racial origin, writes Gavin Evans.

Gedleyihlekisa is laughing at you

2015-02-15 07:28 465 comments | 41972 views

The violence was vulgar, but it was his gleeful chuckle I will never forget. President Jacob Zuma no longer rules South Africa with authority. He is laughing at us, writes Adriaan Basson

Nuclear deal: Russian agency has its say

2014-10-08 09:29 17 comments | 2450 views

Ivan Dybov, Vice President of Rusatom International Network, the Russian atomic energy agency, responds to a recent column "Why Russian nukes are good for us".


Al-Bashir cements SA’s shift away from West

2015-06-18 12:43 14 comments | 2338 views

The government’s ill-conceived actions in wilfully ignoring its own judicial authorities by allowing Omar al-Bashir represents another example of a foreign policy pivot away from the West towards, writes Daniel Silke.

One lifetime is not long enough. That’s why I signed up as an organ donor

2015-06-09 17:21 353 views

It takes a lot to get people fired up, but the death of the “Get me to 21” girl Jenna Lowe has managed to do just that.

The hidden costs of crime

2015-06-08 18:15 4 comments | 867 views

It’s the call every parent dreads. All you hear on the other side of the line is your home alarm going off and the most awful screaming.

6 positive things to do during load shedding

2015-06-02 14:30 4 comments | 3957 views

When my family and I were stranded in a darkened house for what seemed like the umpteenth time, I sat down and compiled a list of things to do during the tedious hours of load shedding, says Koos Kombuis.

Print media: Readers have the final say

2015-05-07 08:39 580 views

I appreciate that Mr Lumko Mtimde made the effort to study the Press Council of SA before writing his column. However, Mr Mtimde arrived at conclusions that don’t match his premises, writes Joe Thloloe.

Why Zuma needs to ditch the script on xenophobia

2015-04-20 15:50 42 comments | 7683 views

Anyone who knows President Jacob Zuma would know that he is passionate about Africa's well being, but his attempts to find solutions to the current crisis don't seem to be making an impact, writes Mathatha Tsedu.

End of the game

2015-03-25 09:04 1 comments | 925 views

It was the year 1995. The expectations became too big. The first signs of the decimation of wildlife came with the introduction of the shoot and sell policy, says Christiaan Bakkes.

Chabane 'a no-nonsense straight talker'

2015-03-19 09:23 3226 views

Collins “General” Chabane was as unconventional and informal as he was a straight talker, says Mathatha Tsedu.

Instability the real winner in Lesotho

2015-03-04 17:46 10 comments | 1860 views

The head to head 2015 election results emphasises the dawn of a new period of political instability - exactly the opposite of what the early election intended to achieve, writes Johannes Wessels.

South Africa turns in on itself as a recalibration looms

2015-01-20 16:04 4 comments | 4056 views

The events of the last ten days might see Africa and Europe drift further apart, writes Louise Ferraro.


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