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Helen Zille: My biggest mistake

2019-05-27 08:29

The more I worked to diversify the DA, and the more successful the party became, the more our opponents accused us of being a "white party" (with the backing of the usual media chorus), writes Helen Zille.

The science is clear about 'mother-tongue' education. So why are we attacking it?

2019-05-26 09:00

A new assault on the use of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction for children who speak Afrikaans at home, serves to diminish the opportunities for all children to learn through a language that they know best, writes Kathleen Heugh.

Servant leadership, JFK and CR17 spirit can get us out of the crazy and chaotic times

2019-05-26 07:00

Only through servant leadership can good governance and lasting peace be achieved. If only every leader in this nation will truly embrace the characteristics of servant leadership then we can truly count on glorious days ahead, writes Rich Mkhondo.

Theresa May resigns as British prime minister – here's where it all went wrong

2019-05-24 19:00

Europe has claimed the career of yet another Conservative prime minister. After less than three years in office, Theresa May has suffered a catastrophic loss of confidence in her leadership among MPs and cabinet ministers.

 
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Nibbling at our big fat presidential inauguration

2019-05-26 09:25

Ramaphosa is the Mandela of our times, it has been suggested. Brace yourselves, folks. In the next few days and weeks you will be told and retold of his stellar struggle credentials, writes Tinyiko Maluleke.

25 years of progress with too many left behind

2019-05-26 09:00

While the gap between black and white university graduates has declined, the poverty gap between blacks and whites in most sectors of society remains distressingly large, writes Sitsabo Dlamini.

Ramaphosa sent on his mission by a Bible, a squadron of Gripens and a new NDPP

2019-05-26 06:52

Moments after administering the oath of office to President Cyril Ramaphosa, while Loftus Versfeld Stadium erupted in song, Chief Justice Moegoeng Mogoeng tugged at the head of state’s right elbow, writes Pieter du Toit.

Batohi and Cronje take charge of the NPA and they're playing open cards

2019-05-24 15:08

For the first time in years, it felt like the NPA was back. The dynamic duo of national director Shamila Batohi and the new head of the investigating directorate Hermione Cronje, faced the media and the nation and told us everything we needed to hear.

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Breaking Futures: The day of reckoning may be fast approaching

2019-05-24 12:47

So many statistics are now showing that climate change is going to pose an existential threat to the planet later this century. Yet the American leader denies there is any link between climate change and humankind, writes Clem Sunter.

ANC stalwarts welcome the return to the values of Luthuli, Tambo and Mandela

2019-05-24 06:00

By taking up the challenge to lead South Africa and its people out of the Egypt of corruption and malfeasance, Ramaphosa has entered into a social contract with the people of South Africa to lead them to the promised land, writes Thami Ntenteni.

South Africa can no longer afford to focus on consumption

2019-05-23 16:13

South Africa can simply no longer afford the ANC government's focus on consumption. ANC politicians have consumed everything, including the future of the children of South Africa, writes Jannie Rossouw.

The rainbow nation is dead

2019-05-23 05:00

The portrayal of white South Africans as a victimised minority could not be further from the truth and statistics can attest to that. Twenty-five years into democracy, the economy and land are still in the hands of the few, writes Pearl Mncube.

Marketing Archie

2019-05-22 20:27

If DA leader Mmusi Maimane suddenly started tweeting in the same way as EFF leader Julius Malema does, he would be taken to task, writes Howard Feldman.

ANALYSIS: Saying no to Parliament - What's at stake for Mbete?

2019-05-22 10:39

While she is yet to give reasons for refusing to return to Parliament as an ordinary member, former parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete will have a lot to lose if she did.

The sixth Parliament: For SA to work, the ANC needs to contain itself

2019-05-22 06:13

If President Cyril Ramaphosa is serious about the reform and repair of government he needs the ANC to let Parliament get on with its job.

Why Ramaphosa shouldn't (and won't) get rid of Zuma's ministers

2019-05-21 09:12

The best way to neutralise the Zuma factor in the ANC is to find space for some people so that they do not feel left out of the 'New Dawn'. It's strategic deployment, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Why our politics needs a good dose of femininity

2019-05-21 05:00

Those making the case for higher representation of women in public life and service need to base it on the value this would add to ensuring that feminine values are infused into our politics, writes Mamphela Ramphele.

The way we define kilograms, metres and seconds changes this week

2019-05-20 11:51

We measure stuff all the time – how long, how heavy, how hot, and so on. But making sure our measurements compare apples with apples has been a challenge: how to know if my kilogram weight is the same as yours.

Mandela vs Ramaphosa: Whose list is better?

2019-05-20 09:47

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Wednesday lead an ANC caucus to the first sitting of the National Assembly that seems to be vastly different in quality than the one Nelson Mandela presented to parliament 25 years ago.

The shocking unemployment is Ramaphosa's problem to fix

2019-05-20 08:22

The Cabinet Ramaphosa will put together by the end of this month will reflect his seriousness in addressing South Africa's socioeconomic problems that include staggering unemployment, writes Phumlani Majozi.

Rooi Gevaar is back

2019-05-19 18:19

The EFF twisted the arm of Parliament even with a scant 25 seats. Sy Makaringe looks at what the daring red army will do with 44.

Make job creators the most respected people in the country, Mr President

2019-05-19 09:00

Cyril Ramaphosa must introduce measures to change the attitudes of all officials who run public institutions with direct and indirect influence on the economy to have a focus on job creation, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

The DA's campaign battle plan was simply wrong

2019-05-19 07:00

The success of the ANC is that it does not function like an ordinary political party. Its branch system serves as communities it can activate during elections. The DA has failed to grow something similar, writes William Gumede.

The second great shift in the destiny of the new South Africa

2019-05-24 06:00

President Ramaphosa's challenge remains the consolidation of his power within the structures of the ANC. He must, at all costs, ward off any attempt by the Zumaites to have him recalled – as they did with President Mbeki, writes former president FW de Klerk.

Ramaphosa's Mabuza challenge

2019-05-23 05:00

The idea that David Mabuza was guided by the "dictates of his conscience" when taking the decision to postpone taking his parliamentary position would make him a rarity in governing party politics, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

EXPLAINED: Mabuza will not be sworn in as MP... what you need to know

2019-05-22 10:05

Deputy President David Mabuza will not be sworn in alongside the rest of ANC MPs on Wednesday after the party's integrity committee found he brought the party into disrepute. The repercussions are legal, technical and political.

10 points of advice for new MPs

2019-05-22 05:00

Speak out when things go wrong. The oath you will make today is to serve the country and its people – not your political party. Honour that, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Want to understand Ace, Mr President? Read the Vrede dairy judgment

2019-05-21 12:16

The truth about the Vrede dairy project cannot ignore the role of senior politicians in the Free State who were, for selfish and corrupt reasons, willing to sacrifice the aspirations of 80 impoverished beneficiaries, writes Roy Jankielsohn.

ANALYSIS: High court leaves Parliament little choice but to investigate Mkhwebane

2019-05-21 05:00

The picture emerging from the High Court judgment in the Estina/Vrede dairy project matter – and compounded by the Absa-Bankorp-SARB judgment – is that the Public Protector is at best incompetent and negligent, and at worst calculating and devious.

Dawie Scholtz: How the ANC (narrowly) held Gauteng

2019-05-20 13:00

Gauteng, home to the SA's administrative and economic capitals, was the biggest prize during the recent general election. The ANC managed to hold on to it by the skin of their teeth. How did the party do it? Dawie Scholtz explains.

Voters, economic dependency and the ANC

2019-05-20 14:45

Along with Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola and probably Botswana later this year, Southern African nations still haven’t embedded real competitive politics with an electoral change of party at the ballot box, writes Daniel Silke.

Ace's ANC vs Cyril's ANC

2019-05-20 05:02

Anyone still claiming that the ANC is united under President Cyril Ramaphosa must please explain he and secretary general Ace Magashule can claim to work towards the same goal in the same organisation, writes Adriaan Basson.

EXTRACT: Verwoerd - My Journey through Family Betrayals

2019-05-20 08:39

My faith and commitment to inclusive humanisation means I cannot give up on my blood family. I cannot stop trying to understand and accept them more deeply, writes Wilhelm Verwoerd.

The 20 million that got away: The mourning after the elections

2019-05-19 07:00

South African voter absenteeism must be understood first and foremost as strategic, informed and intended. Their absence is by no means a sign of apathy, writes Tinyiko Maluleke.

Repatriation: Why Western museums should return African artefacts

2019-05-18 08:42

The thousands of articles collected in most museums are not accompanied with their original history. The items on display are selected, organised and given tags or identifications by Europeans.

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