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What Shepherd Bushiri's followers teach us about the 'prosperity gospel'

2019-02-22 18:00

Prosperity gospel believers are not captive victims of so-called cult leaders. In fact, they move constantly between churches as they search for more efficacious "technologies" and "stronger prophets".

Breaking some bones: The plans for SA's reformation

2019-02-22 06:00

If President Cyril Ramaphosa is going to reform the state and economy, he is going to have to make painful choices. But it seems as if he's going to play politics, and leave the implementation to Tito Mboweni and Pravin Gordhan.

A Budget for tough times with an eye on the election

2019-02-22 06:00

Tito Mboweni soft-landed the necessary debate about the role of SOEs in the economy. With elections coming up, it is perhaps one the government and ANC do not want to dabble in too much, writes Thembinkosi Gcoyi.

Jiba, why should we believe you?

2019-02-22 06:01

Appealing to sentiment won't be enough to convince the fed up general public that Nomgcobo Jiba had nothing to do with the largescale destruction of the prosecuting authority, writes Mandy Wiener.

DA working for change that builds one South Africa for all

2019-02-21 10:13

Ralph Mathekga has missed the mark in his most recent piece of writing which critiques the DA's prospects and activities ahead of the elections, writes Mabine Seabe.

Share a Coke with profanity

2019-02-21 05:00

While laughing all the way to the bank, Coca-Cola paused to take advantage of the most vulnerable, writes Tinyiko Maluleke.

 
NO NEPOTISM:

NO NEPOTISM:  African Rainbow Energy and Power chairperson Patrice Motsepe during a media briefing on rumours of favouritism at Eskom. Motsepe, a billionaire, who happens to be brother-in-law with to both President Cyril Ramaphosa and Energy minister Jeff Radebe, denied claims that government plans to unbundle Eskom, were meant to benefit him and his companies. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Thulani Mbele)

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Budget reveals government's real position on land reform

2019-02-22 06:00

The Budget shows that government planning on land reform is misaligned with its proclaimed ideological policy stance, writes Terence Corrigan.

Those with 'political insurance' threaten meaningful reform

2019-02-21 11:15

No political party or leader is immune from political insurance buying. Political parties and leaders must take practical steps to mitigate against it, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Tito speaks: What you didn't see on TV at Budget 2019

2019-02-21 08:14

Who shared their sweets? How many EFF MPs attended the budget speech? What were Steenhuisen's interjections? What did Ramaphosa have on his desk? Read here to find out.

BUDGET BRIEFING: Mboweni takes no prisoners and skips the BS

2019-02-21 05:00

Tito Mboweni was in a take-no-prisoners and spare-me-the-ideology mood at the traditional press conference ahead of his budget speech in the National Assembly on Tuesday. He wants to ditch "Soviet-style" thinking and "break some bones".

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Marketing SA starts with South Africans

2019-02-21 08:21

SA Inc needs to be marketed to South Africans. And South Africans need to actively seek out that which is positive, writes Howard Feldman.

Sinister motives behind Lekota's attack on Ramaphosa

2019-02-20 08:41

The idea of someone somewhere giving a signal for a coordinated campaign to damage the country and especially the president to start, is terrifying, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

The world needs inclusive justice for all

2019-02-20 05:00

Inclusive justice implies that we seek justice in the framework of intersectionality. That means that we acknowledge the interwovenness of various injustices: racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, ageism, even ecocide, writes Nico Koopman.

WATCH: Is this the end of Bosasa?

2019-02-19 11:29

News24 editor-in-chief Adriaan Basson and opinions editor Alet Janse van Rensburg unpack the latest developments in the Bosasa scandal, after the company announced it was under voluntary liquidation.

Concentration camps in the South African War? Here are the real facts

2019-02-19 06:00

More than a century after 48 000 people died in concentration camps in what’s known as the South African War between 1899 and 1902 – or the Anglo-Boer War – the events of that period are back in the headlines.

Mondli Makhanya: The breathtaking narcissism of Iqbal Survé

2019-02-17 22:12

Last Thursday, readers of products supplied by Independent Media woke up to front-page headlines shouting what the media company’s owner and chairperson Iqbal Survé believed President Cyril Ramaphosa should say in his state of the nation address.

West Coast seismic oil survey a threat to marine food chain

2019-02-18 16:27

A Norwegian company has applied to conduct seismic surveys for oil along the Cape's West Coast using air-gun blasts known to be highly damaging to marine life.

Mr President, don't go reinventing Johannesburg's wheel

2019-02-18 10:44

During your reply to the debate on the SONA on 14 February 2019, you announced the launch of a country wide clean-up campaign. Please do not reinvent Johannesburg's wheel, writes Herman Mashaba.

BOOK EXTRACT: The Rise and Demise of the Afrikaners

2019-02-17 10:34

Until the final years of the 1980s De Klerk supported the idea of retaining the pillars of apartheid. After his election as NP leader early in 1989, he singled out morality as his main motivation for ending apartheid and for seeking a settlement.

It's the end of road for Tom Moyane. So why does he think it's not?

2019-02-15 09:28

There really is no plausible legal path for Tom Moyane to continue litigation, although one suspects that will not deter him, writes Serjeant at the Bar.

4 reasons the ANC has only itself to blame for the Eskom crisis

2019-02-15 06:00

The political capturing of Eskom started in earnest in 2008 when the company started handing out tenders for its new build program which at that time was worth around R385bn over five years, writes James-Brent Styan.

Cancelling Kusile is the only logical option

2019-02-20 12:29

Kusile will further lock South Africa into a polluting coal-based electricity supply, while crowding out investments in renewable energy and perpetuating a cycle of pollution, writes Melita Steele.

Mamphela Ramphele: No justification for leasing land to foreigners

2019-02-20 05:00

Leasing land to Saudi Arabia would be rubbing salt in the wounds of betrayal of poor communities in whose name land restitution without compensation is being pursued, writes Mamphela Ramphele.

The future of work – golden opportunity or potential disaster?

2019-02-19 13:30

The implications of a changing future world of work lie beyond the insomnia of business people. The accelerated automation of work threatens employment and the social contract underpinning society, writes Deidre Samson.

Must the president be a moral leader?

2019-02-19 08:21

Why should anyone expect a president to demonstrate certain virtue? If someone is good at the job of political leadership, must they demonstrate exceptional moral character as well, asks Michael Blake.

DA to be third wheel in upcoming elections

2019-02-19 06:00

The two dominant political parties that have been under pressure regarding their position on corruption stand to do well in the forthcoming elections, while the DA will have to hang on for dear life, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Build houses that reflect who we are

2019-02-18 11:24

Houses are one of the most important expressions of a people's soul and culture. Our forebears in South Africa did not have little boxes. Why do we allow our people to live in them, ask Sifiso Mkhonto and Thomas Scarborough.

Are the Hawks targeting Ramaphosa with MTN case?

2019-02-18 08:05

President Cyril Ramaphosa's hardcore anti-corruption stance will soon be tested as a case involving alleged bribery during his reign as MTN chairperson heads to court, writes Adriaan Basson.

Expropriation Bill not a minor issue but a major threat

2019-02-18 09:16

Once the Expropriation Bill and the constitutional amendment have been adopted, the state could enact a National Land Act which vests all land in state custodianship, writes Anthea Jeffery.

The Scorpions are not back. What the new anti-corruption unit could, and should, look like

2019-02-17 08:43

President Cyril Ramaphosa may not have had the political capital to announce the re-establishment of a Scorpions-type unit, but he should have at least started the conversation, those in the know say.

The burning platform: Inside the efforts to save Eskom

2019-02-15 07:08

It has been a week of crisis-management in government as Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan has attempted to force change at Eskom, which is imploding in full view of the public. Whatever happens, the repercussions will be severe.

Ramaphosa's SONA glow turns to load shedding darkness

2019-02-15 06:00

Should power blackouts continue, it will be the single most visible – and forceful – reminder of governance ineptitude and can result in a shedding of votes for the governing party, writes Daniel Silke.

FIRST TAKE: The day an ANC president had to defend his struggle credentials

2019-02-14 15:50

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday had to do something that none of his predecessors, including the corruption accused Jacob Zuma, has ever been forced to do: defend his struggle credentials.

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