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The year of the buffalo: Zuma, wheel nuts and load shedding

2018-12-14 06:00

President Cyril Ramaphosa has had a heck of a long year. His ouster of Jacob Zuma on Valentine’s Day was the undisputed highlight. But it hasn’t been plain sailing since, writes Pieter du Toit.

The year the tide started to turn

2018-12-14 06:00

Any fair analysis of South Africa in 2018 should come to a factual conclusion that we are in a much better place than 12 months ago, writes Adriaan Basson.

Zille's crush on Ramaphosa won't help the DA

2018-12-14 11:03

The DA and other opposition parties don't have a clear strategy to oust the ANC from the ideological centre. Relying on the ANC's own internal weaknesses is lazy politics, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Johann Rupert is not an aberration but the norm

2018-12-13 11:54

The tendency to use the black middle class as a way of assessing the socio-economic conditions of South Africa is misleading because the middle class is a minority and does not reflect the entire populace, writes Mcebo Dlamini.

Electoral commission has its work cut out to ensure legitimate 2019 poll

2018-12-13 08:07

The Electoral Commission of South Africa's failure to ensure a credible voters' roll threatens to undo its legacy of conducting internationally acclaimed elections.

 
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Curbing hate speech without limiting the right to speak

2018-12-14 09:09

A toxic political discourse fuelled by the exploitation of social media needs to curbed but it must be done without curbing the oxygen of democracy: the right to speak, writes Serjeant at the Bar.

Joburg's wealthiest gifted billions at the expense of its poorest

2018-12-13 12:43

Given its low municipal sustainability score, it is difficult to understand why Johannesburg doesn't rectify a financial inequity that could help fund a budget promoted as pro-poor, writes TJ Lindsay-White.

The ordinary face of reconciliation

2018-12-13 11:23

Every day, across the length and breadth of South Africa, ordinary citizens are actively engaging in activities that dismantle the negative effects of a divided past. They are all the face of reconciliation, writes Stanley Henkeman.

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Celebrating Christmas the way it's meant to be

2018-12-12 19:00

I am deeply respectful of other religions. I feel strongly that Christians need to take back Christmas from a "PC" world that has made them apologetic around the celebration of the festival and of their faith, writes Howard Feldman.

The price of failing to invest in civic education

2018-12-12 10:21

We would do well to make 2019 the year of investing in civic education in our public servants to ensure that they understand their rights and responsibilities to serve this nation, writes Mamphela Ramphele.

That time a white guy went to Andile Mngxitama's press conference

2018-12-12 06:02

The BLF was a creation of the Bell Pottinger period, a dangerous oddity now preaching racism and violence to remain relevant. Our political and judicial system will weigh its merits, writes Pieter du Toit.

New Expropriation Bill will end a year of needless turmoil around land

2018-12-11 08:31

The ANC allowed a whole year of destabilisation of the agricultural sector and undermining of Brand SA purely because it didn't want to be seen to be outdone by the EFF, writes Max du Preez.

SA's Constitution embodies the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

2018-12-10 20:00

As we commemorate Human Rights Day, our pledge and commitment should be premised on the pursuit to make rights practically realisable for all peoples, writes Ndivhuwo Mabaya.

Load shedding might shed the ANC votes

2018-12-10 11:30

There is no more visible reminder of governance inefficiencies than when the lights go out. It is a catalyst for the re-emergence of deep discontent at failed SOEs, writes Daniel Silke.

Ramaphosa just washed his hands of the corrupt politically connected

2018-12-10 08:24

When confronted with the common political dilemma of having to consider pleas from the politically connected, Ramaphosa has washed his hands by appointing the most likely independent prosecutor, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Gender-based violence: Show us your action plan, Mr President

2018-12-10 09:01

President Ramaphosa made a call to South Africans to become champions of the fight against GBV and to see this as the beginning of the journey to resolving this problem. We're ready, Mr President. Are you? asks Jennifer Wells.

Preparing the next generation of teachers for SA's realities

2018-12-09 09:00

Education does not function in a social vacuum, and prospective teachers need to be cognisant of the broader issues that relate to the lives of their learners, writes Maureen Robinson.

Alex Boraine refused to leave politics to politicians

2018-12-09 06:00

To some he was a 'white liberal' and to some supporters of the National Party an astute boer antagonist. To many Alex Boraine was somewhere between an idealist and an agitator, writes Charles Villa-Vicencio.

Whether it's Good, Bad or Ugly, you gotta fight for your right to party

2018-12-07 11:48

With Patricia de Lille forming a new party called Good, and a group called Gatvol Capetonians also wanting to compete in next year's elections, a battle between the Good and the Gatvol is now a real prospect, writes Glenn Bownes.

Structural problems in the NPA could trip up Batohi

2018-12-07 06:00

The NPA after almost a decade of "capture" is a hollowed-out version falling far short of its constitutional and legislative goals. The appointment of a new NDPP is but the first step towards regaining its credibility, writes Phephelaphi Dube.

You are a fraud, Mr Malema, says historian

2018-12-06 12:43

You are a con, Mr Malema, and the tragedy is that there are people who fall for your vile and populace drivel, writes Robin Binckes.

We should all be Iman Rappetti

2018-12-06 09:23

When Iman Rappetti stood up to Given Mkhari and Johann Rupert during the Chairman's Conversation at her own expense she did what others in the room failed to do, writes Tshidi Madia.

Preparing for the modern world together

2018-12-12 11:28

South Africa will not be able to meet its full potential if it is unable to turn the ideas its many bright minds generate into the products and services, which will support the country's industries of the future, writes Nigel Casey.

Voters are never powerless – despite our electoral system

2018-12-12 08:32

Undeniably, voters have a far bigger say in a first-past-the-post electoral system. But in a country like ours such a system would have seen the ANC getting close to all the seats in Parliament, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Why Pravin Gordhan is wrong about Eskom

2018-12-11 12:38

I've got full faith that Cyril Ramaphosa and Pravin Gordhan are fixing what's broken, but they should take responsibility for mistakes they are partially responsible for, writes James de Villiers.

Contestation should be over parameters not the instrument of expropriation without compensation

2018-12-11 06:01

From a pragmatic sense, including a provision for expropriation without compensation in Section 25 should be "harmless" if the spirit of the section is kept as it is currently, writes Ongama Mtimka.

Want to support Ramaphosa's reform agenda? Vote DA

2018-12-10 14:19

Having spent the past three weekends (averaging eight hours a day) on a selection panel, interviewing candidates for the DA's Western Cape election lists, Helen Zille writes on these crucial processes.

Human rights 70 years on: Important victories as well as major misses

2018-12-10 11:47

Numerous human rights principles adopted during the last 70 years might not have the effects we would like to see. But they have not been in vain, writes Henning Melber.

Vacation clubs: No to self-regulation, yes to shorter contracts

2018-12-10 13:48

Consumers who were looking forward to the report into vacation clubs feel cheated. It doesn't solve their problems, instead making recommendations for the future, says Ina Opperman.

Your role in child safety

2018-12-09 10:00

Whether or not you're a parent, the future of our country depends on our children and so the onus is upon every responsible citizen to help make South Africa a safe nation for them, writes Eric Motau.

Madiba’s gift to unite humanity

2018-12-09 14:00

It is crucial to reflect on the significance of Nelson Mandela’s contribution to humanity and to demonstrate how his vision can be used as an appropriate leadership template to create an inclusive world.

Vodacom: 55 million customers and zero cojones

2018-12-09 06:00

Vodacom: 55 million customers in 32 African companies, total assets of R96.5 billion – and zero cojones, writes Sara Gon.

The pressure is on for Shamila Batohi: Why the NPA cannot afford a false dawn

2018-12-07 06:00

Shamila Batohi is the final piece in the puzzle required to start the process of rehabilitating the country's criminal justice system. We cannot afford her appointment to be a false dawn, writes Mandy Wiener.

How Johann Rupert's charm offensive backfired

2018-12-06 15:17

Johann Rupert's interview seems to have been an attempt to speak directly to a demographic that he feels has misunderstood him. But it went horribly wrong.

Rupert's interview provides hard lessons for those willing to take them

2018-12-06 10:41

South Africans have a choice: either they dismiss the "condescending" Rupert (who is he, after all, to tell black people what to do with their hard-earned creditworthiness?) or take the hard lesson, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

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