Guest Column

The death of SA universities

2016-10-21 13:33

When protesting students burn down a library, the campaign has long since stopped being about education, writes Susan Erasmus.

What must fall: fees or the SA state?

2016-10-21 07:26 2658 views

The polarising effects of #FeesMustFall are now pervasive in the academy, and probably beyond. Academics turn on each other, as do their schools and faculties, writes David Everatt.

#FeesMustFall: Understanding the current shitstorm

2016-10-20 13:16 12 comments | 2638 views

Students across campuses have mostly been protesting peacefully but they have also burnt buildings and have even thrown human faeces at one campus. This is why, writes Asanda Ngoasheng.

Trump: the Agent Orange of US politics

2016-10-18 08:38 10 comments | 2703 views

People either love this guy, or they start frothing at the mouth when you mention his name. Why is this, asks Susan Erasmus.

Re-emergence of the noble savage? Colonialist myths abound in N2 Wild Coast Toll Road debate

2016-10-18 08:06 2987 views

Various debates surrounding the development of the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road have emerged in the past few months, writes Craig McLachlan.

Prexit: as South Africa looks over the abyss who will blink?

2016-10-13 15:30 4578 views

South Africa appears unable to stop itself from preventing a self-inflicted act of such monumental folly that it could easily send Africa’s biggest economy into a tailspin , writes Richard Calland.

Conversing across a century with thinker, author and politician Sol T Plaatje

2016-10-06 14:45 702 views

This year marks the centenary of the publication of Sol Plaatje’s seminal book, “Native Life” in South Africa.

Corrupt police and drug dealers - Joburg’s criminal ecosystem

2016-10-04 15:48 4 comments | 5183 views

Police taking drug money is an open secret, writes Paul McNally.

If we burn for justice, what will be left?

2016-10-03 13:07 6 comments | 3533 views

A continued shutdown of our universities will have disastrous consequences for everyone, writes Sello Hatang

Critical reflections on elephant conservation, CITES and the benefits of legalising trade of Africa’s white gold

2016-09-22 12:30 363 views

One of the most contentious debates at CITES this year will be around legalising trade on ivory - Africa’s white gold, writes Shakir Jeeva CEO of Kwantu Private Game Reserve.

South Africa: Rise of a ‘new right’? PART TWO

2016-09-09 07:02 3516 views

The political shifts triggered by SA’s recent economic underperformance have shaken the seemingly once impregnable political edifice of the ANC, writes Frans Cronje as he analyses the future of SA’s politics and the prospects for its economy.

ANALYSIS: ANC can go under 50% in Gauteng in 2019

2016-09-08 10:24 9 comments | 11376 views

Given the 2016 election result, Gauteng is very likely to be the most interesting and contested provincial election, writes Dawie Scholtz.

Afrikaner domination died with Verwoerd 50 years ago

2016-09-06 17:09 27 comments | 7483 views

It's South Africa’s JFK moment – people who were alive on September 6, 1966, can to this day remember where they were when Dr Hendrik Verwoerd was assassinated, writes Pieter du Toit.

Encouraging progress in restoring citizen status of Lithuania’s Jewish diaspora

2016-09-02 14:03 544 views

The Lithuanian government has made promising progress in restoring citizenship for the country’s Jewish diaspora, many of whom are South Africans, writes Stefanie de Saude.

It's not 'just hair'

2016-08-31 13:00 17 comments | 7924 views

If you’re not a black woman, it would do you best to be quiet and listen and not attempt to spill forth with supposed wisdom on matters you have little understanding of, writes Lauren Hess.


ANC failing to lead: The crisis of the ruling coalition is a crisis of society

2016-10-14 15:39 2 comments | 4934 views

The ANC is well aware of its faults and what exactly to do, however the posture of our leaders is that of narcissism and awaiting Armageddon with the hope that some will survive, writes Gugu Ndima .

More rigour needed in appointing Human Rights Commissioners

2016-10-13 07:14 512 views

While the vancancies for Human Rights Commissioners were advertised widely, there is a significant lack of robustness and rigour in the actual process followed, writes Lawson Naidoo.

Where people thirst, is government legitimate?

2016-10-07 05:51 4 comments | 969 views

While urbanites argue the feasibility of free tertiary education, the most basic of human rights is being denied to some South Africans, writes Mandi Smallhorne.

'Why we reject Blade's announcement'

2016-10-04 12:52 8 comments | 2962 views

Blade Nzimande, the government and university management are directly involved in limiting and cutting out opportunities for the poor black child, writes Shaeera Kalla.

I was scammed

2016-09-30 09:58 14 comments | 7519 views

It’s a miracle the police haven’t knocked on my door yet after what happened this week, says Susan Erasmus.

South Africa: Rise of a ‘new right’? PART THREE

2016-09-12 13:14 2068 views

It is premature to write off South Africa’s current ruling party and to say it is beyond help, writes Frans Cronje as he analyses the future of SA’s politics and the prospects for its economy

South Africa: Rise of a ‘new right’? PART ONE

2016-09-08 13:32 3552 views

While the ANC spoke the language of revolution, many of its actual economic policies in its first decade in power were sensible, writes Frans Cronje as he analyses the future of SA’s politics and the prospects for its economy.

Media should not sacrifice professionalism and quality

2016-09-07 14:29 550 views

Transformation of the media cannot be limited to newsroom staff and news content - it should also be about re-inculcating and upholding values that promote fairness, professionalism and quality, writes Faith Muthambi.

30 days that shook the ANC

2016-09-05 06:48 10 comments | 7643 views

Over the period of just one month, South Africa’s dominant African National Congress is now facing unprecedented challenges, writes Daniel Silke.

The balance of forces: Zuma is going to lose this round

2016-09-01 13:01 20 comments | 11768 views

President Jacob Zuma is in a very difficult position – and it’s hard to see how he’s not going to come out of this unnecessary stoush with Pravin Gordhan as the loser, writes Pieter Du Toit.


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