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Celebrate achievements like good governance

2015-08-07 14:16

We must recognise and celebrate the track record of South Africa in just 21 years in its attempt to eradicate the legacy of colonialism and apartheid, writes Lumko Mtimde .

Where is your personal pride, Mr Zuma?

2015-08-07 09:31 36 comments | 11575 views

No-one expected the Nkandla saga to come to this. Neglect. Inferior construction. Shoddy workmanship, lack of accountability, and a clear shortage of self-respect and personal pride, writes Koos Kombuis.

Mob justice: People have had enough of this cycle of desperation

2015-07-16 17:09 8 comments | 1904 views

“Gatvol!” The headline in today’s The Star said it all: People have had enough of crime, and beware the criminal who gets caught.

E-tolls: If the government won’t pay, why should anyone else?

2015-07-16 16:20 11 comments | 3141 views

It’s quite funny really. The government expects motorists to pay to use Gauteng’s biggest, busiest roads – yet the municipalities in the province haven’t paid e-tolls bills to the tune of R2.3 million.

One day female sports stars will be able to call themselves professionals

2015-07-10 17:39 5 comments | 280 views

Gone are the days when women are relegated to the sidelines of the sports fields.

Mandela Month: Publicity hounds seek 67 minutes of fame

2015-07-09 16:29 5 comments | 774 views

Give me some publicity and I’ll “give back”. And if you film my rich boys’ club “feeling the plight of the poor” on Sandton pavements, I’ll give even more. Shoot me now!

Jurassic World is a metaphor of our time

2015-07-08 14:23 4 comments | 1429 views

Intentionally or not, and with all its flaws and incorrect science, all its melodrama and cheap tricks, Jurassic World seems to be a metaphor of our time, writes Koos Kombuis.

Why are we commending Chris Brown’s attempt to play dad?

2015-07-02 17:22 856 views

It’s an honourable thing musician Chris Brown has done – to get the ball rolling as far as fatherly “duties” go. He’s filed papers requesting a paternity test regarding his daughter with aspiring model and nursing student Nia Guzman.

Mmusi finds it hard to talk the talk

2015-07-01 17:22 37 comments | 5102 views

The “Obama of Soweto” Mmusi Maimane was found lacking, his answers not quite as eloquent as usual as he faced the abrasive style of BBC HardTalk interviewer Zeinab Badawi.

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

2015-06-30 16:48 280 views

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

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

2015-06-18 16:41 25 comments | 3180 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.

Al-Bashir cements SA’s shift away from West

2015-06-18 12:43 11 comments | 2414 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 17:21 385 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 | 906 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.

 

Finally, Nkandla’s ‘security features’ start paying off

2015-07-10 16:52 12 comments | 2182 views

As part of his 67 minutes contribution to society Jacob Zuma will help reinforce the existing perimeter fence of the Makgatho Lewanika Primary School in the Eastern Cape village of Mvezo on July 18.

How many more kids will die before SA takes away the bottle?

2015-07-08 15:28 17 comments | 5284 views

It will go down in history as one of the worst birthday parties ever. Young people were celebrating when a shot was allegedly fired into a packed tavern in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

Many South Africans don't care who's celebrating as long as they get time off

2015-07-02 17:41 6 comments | 1379 views

South Africans are all for equal rights and freedom of religion – especially when it comes to public holidays. So we should all throw our weight behind the push for consideration to be given to all religious holidays.

SABC appoints new chief: Same script, different cast?

2015-07-01 18:06 1 comments | 1086 views

The SABC has appointed Frans Matlala as the new boss blah blah blah ... pass me the remote and bring a beer while you’re at it.

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

2015-06-30 20:21 1 comments | 307 views

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”.

Does maintenance really have to be a grudge purchase?

2015-06-24 17:11 7 comments | 1165 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.

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

2015-06-18 14:38 63 comments | 4788 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 | 386 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 17:17 548 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 17:44 668 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.

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