Guest Column

Can we be friends across racial boundaries?

2016-12-02 09:29

Can South Africans really be friends across racial boundaries, and, more importantly, is it necessary that we are, asks Sisonke Msimang.

Dear Max: most South Africans don't hate each other

2016-12-01 12:00 60 comments | 12436 views

Research shows there resides within the great majority of South Africans a vast well of common decency and mutual respect across the colour line. We should have faith in that, writes Frans Cronje.

Sipho Pityana: Saviour or leader to nowhere?

2016-12-01 10:10 8 comments | 1988 views

Sipho Pityana has not stood up against any injustices in the past 22 years. Why should we trust in his leadership now, asks Yonela Diko.

A quick update on HIV: Are we winning the fight?

2016-12-01 10:37 3369 views

Much has been done to reduce HIV infections. Are we any closer to reaching a tipping point, asks Ramneek Ahluwalia.

How protecting Zuma is costing the ANC

2016-11-30 08:54 6411 views

Deepening internal squabbles, the debilitating race for leadership, an economy suffering under policy paralysis and the growth of opposition parties is eating away at the core of the ANC. Will the party survive Jacob Zuma, asks Daniel Silke.

Three ways #FMF changed struggle politics

2016-11-22 10:47 877 views

#FeesMustFall heralded three new developments in mass politics in post-apartheid South Africa. It's new populist crowd politics that can be powerful but at the same time devastating, writes Vishwas Satgar.

3 Myths about SA's democratic transition busted

2016-11-17 08:59 3252 views

Mandela and De Klerk didn't put their heads together and pluck the miracle of a new democratic Constitution out of a hat. Instead it took hard work and hard talking by hundreds and thousands of people, writes Albie Sachs.

What Trump teaches us about state capture

2016-11-14 08:09 22 comments | 5167 views

America has just elected its most dangerous president ever because it has not dealt with two problems South Africa has also ducked: inequality and race, writes Steven Friedman.

Zuma will not fall without a fight

2016-11-10 07:59 12025 views

The battle for President Jacob Zuma to go comes down to numbers, no matter how many calls to conscience South Africans make, writes Mahlatse Gallens.

Trump: the show is on

2016-11-09 12:49 1267 views

It’s going to be one of those moments: Where were you when you heard Trump had been elected president, writes Susan Erasmus.

Mogoeng: We are too soft on racism

2016-11-08 14:46 6690 views

In a ruling handed down on Tuesday Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng slammed continued racism in South Africa. Read an excerpt of the judgment here.

Zuma has brought shame on the ANC

2016-11-04 08:09 7 comments | 4829 views

Our president has brought shame to our organisation and our country for personal indiscretions and blatant actions of corruption and collusion, writes ANC stalwart Cheryl Carolus.

Pityana: South Africans have had enough

2016-11-02 13:14 13189 views

On Wednesday thousands marched in the Save South Africa campaign against state capture. ANC stalwart, Sipho Pityana, called on South Africans to join the fight against corruption.

Why the notion of free higher education is misplaced

2016-11-02 10:05 1180 views

One of the narratives that has fuelled continuing protests at South Africa’s universities is that students have been promised the right to free higher education. But how much of this is true, asks Mashupye Maserumule.

Sanef's coming of age

2016-10-27 11:30 272 views

Ours founders committed to be the voice of ethical journalism, defenders of media freedom and ridding the industry of all past discriminations, whether racial or gender, writes Sanef Chairperson Mahlatse Gallens.


Legalisation of dagga opens a crack in the wall

2016-11-25 12:04 15 comments | 4198 views

Rescheduling cannabis to describe it as a medicine is a huge day for South African cannabis activism. But what does it mean for the man on the street, asks Julian Stobbs.

Rise of the hired hitman: assassinations and democracy in SA

2016-11-18 10:39 1215 views

Contract killings are on the rise in South Africa with just over 1 000 individual cases of assassination or attempted assassination in the last 16 years. What does this say about our democracy, asks Natalie Simon.

BOOK REVIEW: In the footsteps of a giant

2016-11-16 09:16 980 views

Former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke's memoir reveals a man with a strict moral code en an unflinching refusal to accept an unjust society.

State capture is here to stay

2016-11-10 15:10 1147 views

State capture is not new and has been with us for decades. Let’s not assume that a different party logo will mean an enhanced resilience to the temptations of power, writes Kerwin Lebone.

The American hangover is excruciating this morning

2016-11-09 16:20 2246 views

In the reporting war-room at Columbia University in New York the results were triple-checked and then reported on with loud and frustrated shouts of disbelief, writes Rozanne Els.

How Trump won the US election

2016-11-09 09:40 55565 views

Come January 2017 Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States. Experts explain the outcome of the biggest upset in recent American politics.

Why you should care about the US election

2016-11-08 10:26 30446 views

The outcome of the US elections has several implications for South Africa, writes Martha Bridgman and Chelsea Markowitz. Here's why it should matter to you.

A hobbled Presidency awaits its fate

2016-11-03 07:23 17674 views

While political accountability has never been part of the South African tradition, it may well be the final straw that breaks Jacob Zuma’s hold on the top job, writes Daniel Silke.

US could have most unpopular president yet

2016-11-02 14:59 985 views

America's tumultuous, tawdry election campaign finally ends on Tuesday with one certainty: the people of the United States will elect a president many of them don't like. If Trump loses but refuses to concede, an unpopular new president would hardly be America’s only problem.

How to fire a president with his support

2016-10-31 07:13 10408 views

This is the story of the village that very nearly destroyed – and then saved - itself.


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