Guest Column

Language as a mode of being

2017-08-20 06:17

I was seated in the corner of the pew alongside the aisle – past which the elder ladies would walk with a graceful posture that exuded authority and tradition. If I avoided eye contact, I would be rendered suspicious; a straight face would mean I was snobbish. The best chance I had was to turn my eyes away awkwardly and carry an acknowledging smile, writes Thobile Ndimande.

Does Krotoa whitewash Khoi history?

2017-08-20 06:17 370 views

The film Krotoa tells the story of the most famous Khoi woman in history – a translator to the Dutch settlers, and later their fierce enemy. But there’s been an outcry from some viewers, who say history is once again being told through white eyes. Here are two sides of the argument by Sylvia Vollenhoven and Kaye Ann Williams.

Let’s learn from South Korea’s success

2017-08-20 06:17 452 views

South Africans are sitting on a ticking economic time bomb, and we need to do all we can to ensure that it does not detonate, writes Thuli Nhlapo.

Mentor teachers so pupils succeed

2017-08-20 06:17 85 views

There are many causes of poor academic achievement in South Africa’s high schools and the concomitant dropping out of 16- to 18-year-old learners. These include a poor foundation in reading and comprehension, which means learners cannot perform well in their subjects, writes Nombeko Mbava.

Business has a role in fighting corruption

2017-08-20 06:17 73 views

It is safe to say that the #GuptaLeaks and the broader issue of #StateCapture have had a devastating impact on South Africa’s reputation at home and abroad writes Bonang Mohale.

Justice delayed is justice denied

2017-08-20 06:17 538 views

The year is 2021 (it could be earlier). It has been four years since Gabriella Engels was allegedly assaulted by Grace Mugabe at a Sandton hotel, writes Dumisane Lubisi.

9 very clear reasons you should step down, Mr President

2017-08-20 06:17 5388 views

Last Sunday, President Jacob Zuma complained to a cheering crowd in Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal, that people keep accusing him of corruption but they do not say what exactly he has done wrong, writes Mavuso Msimang.

#Declassified: Apartheid Profits - the sanctions busters toolkit

2017-08-18 07:15 4526 views

Open Secrets, in its third instalment on the Declassified: Apartheid Profits series, unpacks some of the ways the private sector colluded with the apartheid government to bust sanctions.

Speaking to our parents: how is this freedom?

2017-08-17 08:02 3645 views

To us who have only known democracy the concept of a rainbow nation rings hollow. How is this freedom when the very land we now move freely upon still does not belong to us, writes Ashanti Kunene.

Marikana: Where is the political responsibility?

2017-08-16 07:50 5 comments | 1759 views

Sadly, the name of the town Marikana has come to represent all which is unjust in our society, and in the ANC government, writes Mmusi Maimane.

Zuma won, but the ANC will never be a united party again

2017-08-15 09:30 14 comments | 5428 views

The bitter attitude of ANC leaders who spoke inside and outside Parliament before and after the no-confidence vote added fuel to already existing public anger at the arrogance of the governing party, writes Prince Mashele.

What's happening inside the ANC, not Parliament, is key to why Zuma prevails

2017-08-14 08:55 5 comments | 2460 views

Within the ANC, Zuma’s future is not the absorbing fixation it is outside it. Rather, his fate is a product of the battle between factions, writes Steven Friedman.

Women have always been leaders

2017-08-13 06:07 687 views

To question SA’s readiness for a female leader is to be ignorant of the role women have played in shaping this country, writes Lindiwe Sisulu.


A perspective on youth unemployment

2017-08-20 06:17 72 views

Almost 6 million young South Africans were unemployed at the end of 2016, but 7.5 million were not in employment, education or training. Youngsters like these are doing nothing and going nowhere, writes Ann Bernstein.

Deeper morality is more than just the rule of law

2017-08-20 06:17 279 views

Patriarchy is a complex structural and sociocultural system. Its survival depends on its ability to self-reproduce and create, every day and second, writes Nomboniso Gasa.

Dear Shaun Abrahams: here's how you probe #Guptaleaks - Glynnis Breytenbach

2017-08-18 12:21 20 comments | 15307 views

There are still prosecutors with the experience to investigate the #Guptaleaks and to prosecute successfully. Shaun Abrahams knows who they are, but has failed to appoint them, writes Glynnis Breytenbach.

Hard bargaining, not another magic plan, will get economy growing

2017-08-17 08:21 5 comments | 2561 views

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba recently unveiled a 14-point plan to revive the economy. The plan has not achieved the desired effect, writes Steven Friedman.

Cat Stevens: I never called for the death of Salman Rushdie

2017-08-16 12:12 11 comments | 11329 views

It's sad that no matter how many times I’ve repeatedly tried to explain my true position, journalists inevitably bring up this subject again and again, writes Yusuf/Cat Stevens.

Who's really behind conversations about gender equality?

2017-08-15 11:53 240 views

Can we comfortably conclude that those considered victims in gender inequality dialogues are directing the conversation as opposed to be spoken to and about, writes JP Louw.

#Declassified: Apartheid Profits - the tap root of the National Party

2017-08-15 07:00 9665 views

Previously Open Secrets detailed a few of the private companies that funded the National Party. Naspers, described by top management as the 'tap root of the NP', was one of the most significant donors.

ANC defeats 'attempted coup’ and other fairy tales

2017-08-14 10:22 3 comments | 1444 views

The ANC is facing what is arguably the biggest crisis in its (post-apartheid) existence and it has decided to focus on internal fights, rather than on the issues that concern the voters, writes Mike Roussos.

Fund a woman, fund a nation

2017-08-13 06:07 184 views

‘While manufacturing remains important for a growing and developing economy, I believe equal energy must be invested in the services sector,” said National Empowerment Fund (NEF) CEO Philisiwe Mthethwa at Sun City this week.

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