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E-tolls: ANC holds road users hostage

2015-05-20 18:31

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?

Print media: Readers have the final say

2015-05-07 08:39 553 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.

SA print media self-'regulation' remains ineffective

2015-04-29 10:07 558 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.

Why Zuma needs to ditch the script on xenophobia

2015-04-20 15:50 42 comments | 7643 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.

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

2015-04-15 12:34 3 comments | 588 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 | 1600 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 16017 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 07:28 468 comments | 41868 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 | 2433 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".

ANC’s hysterical reaction symptomatic of crisis

2014-08-25 12:10 24 comments | 7131 views

The ANC’s hysterical reaction after my column on President Jacob Zuma's bad leadership is symptomatic of an organisation in crisis, says Adriaan Basson.

The white right, women's murders and a massacre of statistics

2014-08-14 11:10 36 comments | 5104 views

Horribly flawed reasoning and distorted statistics characterise attempts by some on SA's white right to prove their thesis that black men are somehow more violent than white men, writes Lisa Vetten.

Rhino trade panel: Window dressing by the DEA

2014-07-15 11:57 580 views

The Department of Environmental Affairs has finally issued an invitation to stakeholders to participate in its exploration of Rhino Horn Trade Feasibility, writes Martina Polley.

Eat, bray, love

2014-05-16 13:42 1 comments | 1008 views

When 350 otherwise normal-looking people gather for a smart event in honour of donkeys, something unusual is afoot, says Susan Erasmus.

The dreams of Mahlabatini

2014-01-03 08:54 2 comments | 3723 views

I hope that it will not take another forty years for the full realisation of the Mahlabatini dream.


End of the game

2015-03-25 09:04 1 comments | 908 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 3204 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 | 1829 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 | 4035 views

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

Why is crime and violence so high in South Africa?

2014-09-18 08:09 107 comments | 22871 views

We should look back at our recent history if we want to understand the extent of violence and crime in South Africa, writes Chandre Gould.

How do we get rid of President Jacob Zuma?

2014-08-18 09:26 100 comments | 28403 views

We need a leader with clean hands who can lead with integrity. Zuma is not such a leader, writes Adriaan Basson.

Dodgy stats just a means to an end for Hofmeyr, Bridges

2014-07-31 10:24 48 comments | 4415 views

A hate speech complaint lodged against Africa Check earlier this year was little more than an attempt to harass, intimidate and stifle debate, writes Julian Rademeyer.

I loved Julius - just for one day

2014-05-22 10:00 14 comments | 5128 views

It’s not often I agree with Julius Malema and co, but I really love the overalls he and his MPs wore to Parliament, says Susan Erasmus.

Circumcision can reduce HIV risk

2014-04-04 11:56 17 comments | 2066 views

Voluntary medical male circumcision reduces men's risk of acquiring HIV from their female partners by approximately 60%, writes Khanyisa Dunjwa.

An expat hears the Madiba music

2013-12-12 13:14 1 comments | 1567 views

As a South African journalist living abroad it's been a tricky and painful time, says Judith Soal.


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