Guest Column

Zuma had a chance to galvanise South Africans. He blew it

2017-02-21 09:14

The ANC has changed economic policy three times in the last 23 years. Zuma’s call for radical economic transformation therefore appears more like populist cheap politicking, writes Lumkile Mondi.

Why opposition parties struggle to win power

2017-02-21 08:58 1992 views

Opposition parties might be putting off potential voters if they are seen to be constantly criticising the ruling party rather than contributing to the country’s development, writes Rorisang Lekalake.

SONA and the art of strategic rule-breaking

2017-02-20 09:21 1278 views

Rigid rules, it turns out, are no match for intelligent debate. And their implementation does not guarantee prosperity either. Just ask rule-breakers like Elon Musk, writes Douglas Kruger.

The real crisis in social development

2017-02-17 08:43 3 comments | 2693 views

Government pays social workers, care providers and counsellors who help abuse victims less than anyone in its employ. If it's serious about economic transformation it should start here, writes Lisa Vetten.

Success starts with getting the basics right

2017-02-16 13:39 746 views

Among my most enjoyable tasks as a member of Cabinet are the opportunities to visit schools and inspire young people to make the most of their lives, writes Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown.

Why radical economic transformation is non-negotiable

2017-02-14 11:39 30 comments | 7377 views

The unfinished business of economic transformation is threatening the consolidation of our democracy, writes Communications Minister Faith Muthambi.

Armyworms are wreaking havoc in southern Africa. Why it’s a big deal

2017-02-13 11:04 2787 views

A combination of native African armyworms and Fall armyworms are ravaging staple crops across southern Africa. If uncontrolled, they have the potential to cause major food shortages, says Kenneth Wilson.

When we booze, we lose

2017-02-12 00:01 1263 views

Those committed to the African renaissance should support Mandla Mandela’s opposition to alcohol, writes Simphiwe Sesanti.

The position of white privilege

2017-02-12 06:06 5491 views

The recent video showing a white man ­assaulting an on-duty black traffic police ­officer is a clear illustration of the positionality of whiteness in South Africa.

It’s time to restore the SABC’s image

2017-02-12 06:06 614 views

Driving past a hospital synonymous with administering pain killers to every patient, despite their illness, I was taken aback that my kids would dread going there when sick. Interestingly, the same healthcare centre has not been in the news for a long time.

Give power to the people

2017-02-12 06:06 201 views

After a hectic 22 years’ rule by a democratically elected ANC government, South Africa’s post-1994 dispensation has proved too much to bear for many citizens.

We oppress fine female legal minds

2017-02-12 06:06 628 views

Not withstanding the initiatives taken to transform the gender composition of the judiciary, the change is still disappointing, write Kamraj Anirudhra and Mbuyiselo Botha.

SONA2017: TV viewers could not believe their eyes

2017-02-10 12:38 2754 views

South Africans who watched SONA on TV watched agape the chaos unfolding in Parliament, which included blatant sound censorship and a silent "F-you" from the SABC's interpreter, writes Thinus Ferreira.

Deploy the soldiers where they're really needed

2017-02-08 14:37 9 comments | 4947 views

I have walked the streets of the Cape Flats and cried with the mother sitting on the pavement next to her dead child's body, where one of the longest running, bloodiest wars have been playing out for years, writes Tammy Petersen.

What the law says about AfriForum’s private prosecutions unit

2017-02-02 10:40 4995 views

The future of AfriForum's private prosecutions unit depends on one single question: does it have the right to institute a private prosecution, writes Jamil Mujuzi.


The odd meaning of ‘radical economic transformation’ in South Africa

2017-02-16 08:28 6798 views

The only thing radical about the ANC's understanding of “radical economic transformation” is its use of the word ‘radical', writes Steven Friedman.

What Joost's death taught us about South Africa

2017-02-13 16:37 7 comments | 7966 views

If anything, sport, and in this case specifically rugby, has shown us that even in death we treat each other differently. It is no different when we are alive, writes Mark Fredericks.

Power to the innovation economy

2017-02-12 06:06 264 views

We can either bemoan the state of our economy, or we can take control of it and prepare our children for the future, writes Yashin Abed.

From Fight Back to #MAGA

2017-02-12 06:06 1018 views

Former DA leader Tony Leon seems surprised that his former speechwriter, South African-born Joel Pollak, is a prominent President Donald Trump-loving mover and shaker in the US.

We still marginalise our own languages

2017-02-12 06:06 335 views

Why are South Africans so keen to excel at English at the expense of their mother tongues, which have equal status in our Constitution, asks Enock Shishenge.

‘Resist oppression’

2017-02-12 06:06 138 views

In this six-part series, Shandu Ramugadi profiles leaders who are heading the historic uprising of students nationwide. This week, the spotlight falls on Busi Seabe.

United we stood, now we are falling

2017-02-12 06:06 1800 views

SA needs a movement that is going to tackle the injustices that still plague our society, writes Zwelethu Mntambo.

The slow but sure creep of patriarchy

2017-02-12 06:06 719 views

Russia this week passed a law making it okay to beat your wife, as long as you don’t draw blood or break her bones. Oh, and you can only hit her once a year.

ANALYSIS: What Zuma didn't say

2017-02-10 10:15 1 comments | 5570 views

If the president is to be believed, South Africa is in a period of recovery, with several improvements taking place over the past year. He, however, failed to mention some important facts in his State of the Nation Address.

Racial goodwill in SA still going strong

2017-02-07 08:59 7 comments | 1475 views

Despite the damaging vitriol so often found on social media, race relations in South Africa remain sound, says the Institute of Race Relations in a report released today.


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