Zuma statue: Let's get the facts right

2017-02-17 15:19

False news makes a difference to what people think - it shifts policymakers’ positions and executives’ votes, and lives on in cyberspace forever, says Mandi Smallhorne.

The Fourth Estate revived

2017-02-06 09:20

Trump and his like are doing us a favour by requiring that journalism become a calling again, says Mandi Smallhorne.

How to deal with defaulting councillors

2017-01-23 05:01

Document incidents and take them to national media to expose them. Don’t wait four years; let's take back our municipalities now, urges Mandi Smallhorne.

People-powered politics

2017-01-09 05:01

We seem to have reinvented the ways we govern ourselves so that everyday people can play a role in creating policy and oversight of those in power, says Mandi Smallhorne.

All I want for Christmas…

2016-12-23 07:37

Could we end hunger in our own cities? That’s all I want for Christmas, every Christmas, New Year and all the days in between, says Mandi Smallhorne.

Values in a Trumpery, post-truth world

2016-12-12 05:01

Truth matters because without it, we are not equipped to make hard decisions for the wellbeing of our older selves and our children, says Mandi Smallhorne.

Give the poor R200 a month each

2016-11-28 05:00

A basic monthly grant of R200 to every South African, taxed back from the middle class and rich, can put money into the hands of jobless people, says Mandi Smallhorne.

A crying need for water-sensitive urban design

2016-11-14 05:00

Instead of rejoicing in the rain, we should be doing what we can to learn how to prevent floods and harness every precious drop of water, says Mandi Smallhorne.

Doing customers - and business - a disservice

2016-10-31 05:00

Self-evident, undeniable poor quality that has inconvenienced customers is merely compounded by inflexible, arcane procedures, fumes Mandi Smallhorne.

Act for justice, South Africans!

2016-10-17 05:00

Hunger, thirst, joblessness and a corrupt government, fighting only to defend its own selfish ends, add up to a very dangerous mix, says Mandi Smallhorne.


Invasion of the armyworm mealie snatchers

2017-02-13 05:01

Air, water and soil should be front and centre in all government departments rather than little Orphan Annies at the back of the budget queue, says Mandi Smallhorne.

Urban sprawl and monkey business

2017-01-30 05:01

It is up to us to lobby for attention and funding for the wildlife who, through no fault of their own, fall foul of human development, says Mandi Smallhorne.

Traffic cops must earn drivers' respect

2017-01-16 05:01

SA needs visible enforcement of speed violations against laws already in place throughout the year to reduce our ghastly road death toll, says Mandi Smallhorne.

Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies

2017-01-03 07:47

Perhaps all of us could make this a New Year’s resolution: to ensure that the stories we tell ourselves are evidence-based, writes Mandi Smallhorne.

Criminally stupid police procedures

2016-12-19 05:01

Those in charge owe it to the decent people in the police force as much as to the rest of us to make things right, says Mandi Smallhorne.

SA vs Cuba: Compare and contrast

2016-12-05 14:56

Cuba’s successes are surely worth a long, hard look, with the aim of emulating them if possible, writes Mandi Smallhorne.

Metrorail's poor service scuppers jobs

2016-11-21 05:00

The money wasted on Prasa's unsuitable trains could have been used to beef up service to vulnerable people who need to keep their jobs, says Mandi Smallhorne.

Overconsumption, not overpopulation, is killing the planet

2016-11-07 05:00

It’s over-consumption and the demands of the better-off consumer that drive want, waste, pollution and harm to our precious water, says Mandi Smallhorne.

Children of inequality equals future imperfect

2016-10-24 05:00

Along with failures of political leadership and will, a failure of compassion with ordinary people is crucial to South Africa’s failures, says Mandi Smallhorne.

Don’t spend to be healthy

2016-10-10 05:00

Even if you eat healthily, exercise and meditate, you are still not safe from the rogue cell, the slip of the foot or the maniac driver, says Mandi Smallhorne.

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