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Why Zuma needs to ditch the script on xenophobia

2015-04-20 15:50

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 | 562 views

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

Louis Botha statue should be removed from its pedestal

2015-04-06 10:02 27 comments | 6556 views

The statue of Louis Botha at the entrance of Parliament should join Queen Victoria in the shade of the obscured NCOP garden, says Janet Heard.

End of the game

2015-03-25 09:04 1 comments | 888 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.

Adam Habib: Wits allows for plurality of perspectives

2015-03-20 12:26 1 comments | 1572 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 15994 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 | 41839 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 | 2428 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 | 7123 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 | 5096 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 11:57 575 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 | 1002 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 | 3715 views

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

Is SAPS the Mafia?

2013-10-29 13:15 19 comments | 3654 views

People must fear the police. But that becomes damn difficult when the chief of police is accused of criminal behaviour, says Adriaan Basson.

Zuma’s Malawi comments: What the South African president really said

2013-10-23 12:35 35 comments | 9867 views

Jacob Zuma’s spokesperson says the president's comments were "taken out of context". But a recording of Zuma's remarks reveals that he was quoted accurately. Researched by Julian Rademeyer.


Chabane 'a no-nonsense straight talker'

2015-03-19 09:23 3194 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 | 1811 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 | 4027 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 | 21703 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 | 28380 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 | 4407 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 | 5122 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 | 2060 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 | 1562 views

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

Malema: 'Why Whites should vote for me'

2013-10-23 12:44 435 comments | 37278 views

EFF’s economic programme is not a programme for a single race, but a programme for all South Africans, says Julius Malema.


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