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What's really behind reluctance to cancel the e-toll scheme?

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When government decided to go with Sanral's e-toll scheme, the biggest sin by those in authority was their disregard for the grossly inflated costs of road construction and the scheme's exorbitant contracted fees, writes Wayne Duvenage.

The 5 townships that could tip Gauteng

2019-04-26 06:00

The Gauteng provincial election is going to be close. Very close. Although there's no doubt that the ANC will be the largest party in Gauteng, the key question is just whether the party will reach 50%.

Life in Gauteng is improving – but big challenges remain

2019-04-26 06:00

While life appears to be improving for many people in Gauteng, it seems it is most rapidly doing so for the more advantaged members of society. This has an impact on quality of live and social cohesion in the region.

Without the NPA upholding the rule of law, we are 'dead in the water'

2019-04-25 10:52

Whether one wields power or is of the most vulnerable, the rule of law guarantees equal treatment. Without it, the vision of a constitutional democracy is dead in the water, writes Yvonne Mokgoro.

The 'insidious plague' corroding our society

2019-04-25 05:00

Corruption should be declared a violation of our human rights and freedoms, and the public should be conscientised about our fight against corruption and its "economic gangsters", writes Chris Jones.

Deciding when to care

2019-04-24 20:48

We use the word Jew, Muslim or Buddhist with ease. Why then has it become politically uncomfortable to say the word Christian? And when did this dangerous and perplexing shift occur, asks Howard Feldman.

 
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Ignorance will kill the power of 'We, the people…'

2019-04-25 11:59

Many people who can genuinely represent all South Africans lack the guts to enter politics. They have chosen to sit back and hope that somehow the scoundrels entering politics will fix things up, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

ANALYSIS: Mokgoro findings give NPA a chance to get rid of a dark stain

2019-04-25 08:16

Like an ugly stain, the controversy around Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba and Special Director Lawrence Mrwebi has refused to disappear from the National Prosecuting Authority. Now it seems that stain is closer to being removed.

Why nonfiction books dominate bestseller lists in South Africa

2019-04-25 09:54

Books in South Africa don’t often make headline news. But a controversial subject, protests and disruptions at a book launch, and threats of book burning are sufficient to get South Africans talking about the place of books in society once again.

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Are we drawing the right lessons from the past?

2019-04-24 12:21

It's crucial to address the many facets of one's history: to not accept the easy answers, but to take a closer look; to debate our past openly and controversially. Even if that is painful, writes Martin Schäfer.

DA warnings of an ANC-EFF coalition in the Western Cape are nonsense

2019-04-24 05:00

The level of Western Cape support could dramatically impact the DA's support on a national level. If the polls are to be believed, it is not going well for them nationally, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Smaller parties: Why a vote for the DA packs more punch

2019-04-23 12:14

The true test for any democracy is whether power can change peacefully at the ballot box. The challenge for South Africa is to fast arrive at this point, writes Mmusi Maimane.

Instead of not voting on May 8, park your vote somewhere safe

2019-04-23 09:00

It is disturbing to hear that South Africans don't have hope because all political parties are the same. This statement is a fallacy when uttered by those who have not tried voting for other political parties, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Why more people than before will vote EFF on May 8

2019-04-23 05:00

Julius Malema is deeply aware of the systemic fault lines that prevents growth and equality. He exploits these themes for political support and uses populist rhetoric to attract voters, writes Adriaan Basson.

Google's lobbying drives haste around Copyright Bill

2019-04-19 06:00

South Africa is clearly the latest terrain of a world-wide tug-war between creators of authored works, publishers, cultural industries, tech firms and their activists over the protection of copyright, writes Collen Dlamini.

Election campaigns fail to answer the question on all South Africans' minds

2019-04-18 10:15

South Africans don't need any more criticism of the Zuma years. They have long critiqued that period while the ANC was pontificating about "collective responsibility", writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Julian Assange Q&A: What we know so far

2019-04-18 08:45

Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has been arrested in London and charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion over his alleged role in the leaking of classified United States government documents. Here's what we know so far.

On resurrections and superstitions

2019-04-17 18:00

The death of anyone is sad. The death of a young man is even sadder. But the death of a young man twice in a matter of weeks is actually quite tragic, writes Howard Feldman.

Time to get 'smart on crime'

2019-04-17 10:11

Getting 'tough on crime' is a challenge for a government with a stretched budget such as ours. The brutal reality is that we must get 'smart on crime' instead, writes Ralph Clark.

So what if I don't watch Game of Thrones?

2019-04-17 08:10

Personally, I prefer fact to fiction and it sounds like all the intrigue, drama and politics of Game of Thrones is our everyday news cycle anyway, writes Mandy Wiener.

Which country will David Mabuza serve?

2019-04-17 01:21

Can the ANC really still tout itself as the vanguard of our sovereignty, a repository of our national pride, asks Mcebisi Ndletyana.

Alex shutdown might be only the beginning

2019-04-16 08:53

For people whose lives are constantly disrupted by poverty and general destitution, the idea that peaceful non-disruptive protests will highlight their plight is unrealistic, writes Ralph Mathekga.

We must overcome the scourge of unemployment in South Africa

2019-04-24 08:40

We must focus on accelerating economic growth so that through investment a sufficient number of jobs can be created to begin reducing unemployment in general, and youth unemployment in particular, writes Ronald Lamola.

The message an EFF surge will send to Luthuli House

2019-04-23 19:00

Although the ANC may receive a pretty resounding 59% according to the latest polls, the substantial growth of the populists (EFF) at the expense of the centrists (DA), sends a clear message to Luthuli House, writes Daniel Silke.

Sri Lanka, like world, again sees scourge of suicide bombing

2019-04-23 11:08

The Easter attacks in Sri Lanka are a bloody echo of decades past in the island nation, when militants inspired by attacks in the Lebanese civil war helped develop the suicide bomb vest

The rock that struck back: Why women are returning to the ANC

2019-04-23 07:00

With the removal of a president who is conservative on issues of gender, the data suggests the ANC can once again count on the critical women's vote.

Why Steve Hofmeyr is increasingly being isolated

2019-04-18 12:29

Thanks to his popularity Steve Hofmeyr's race-baiting has been normalised over the years. He has been a fixture on society pages and the airwaves. But it seems those days are over, writes Pieter du Toit.

Caster Semenya v IAAF: Ruling will have big implications for women's participation in sport

2019-04-18 09:19

It is no accident that the vast majority of athletes affected by IAAF regulations are black women and women of colour from the global south who do not conform to Western ideals of femininity.

Foreigners are not taking our jobs, the government is failing to create jobs

2019-04-18 11:31

The most important thing we can do as a nation in the wake of the periodic xenophobic attacks is to reflect on why this continues to happen, what drives it and what we can do about it, writes Jacques Julius.

How portrayal of protest in South Africa denigrates poor people

2019-04-17 13:38

Harping on the fact that a protest is organised is like noting that people won’t go to an event unless someone invites them. There’s no evidence that anyone has been forced to take part in the current protests, writes Steven Friedman.

The inconvenient truth about Alexandra

2019-04-17 08:56

In listening to the news, one could be forgiven for believing that the entire community of Alexandra had marched that day to Sandton. This never happened, writes Herman Mashaba.

From Batohi to Kieswetter to Mkhwebane: Are our institutions up to the task?

2019-04-16 05:00

The imperative to restorate the integrity of key institutions dictates that by the end of this year at the very least, cases must have been brought to court and convictions obtained, writes Serjeant at the Bar.

Foreign policy priorities South Africa should pursue

2019-04-16 09:23

South Africa enjoys special respect for its political achievements. But it also carries an added burden in upholding democratic values locally and globally.

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