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Trauma and the unhealed scars of South Africa

2018-10-15 11:55

For many young people, the past is the present and can never be forgotten until fully addressed. How then can we have a socially cohesive society when we continue to ignore issues of redress, writes Wandile Ngcaweni.

Media must be diligent about its independence - Ton Vosloo

2018-10-15 11:21

"The biggest lesson for journalists today is that you have to be diligent about your independence – also the media bosses, must have the conviction to stand up against injustice," says former Naspers chair Ton Vosloo.

Why is Treasury the ANC's recycling plant?

2018-10-15 13:52

Hours before Tito Mboweni was announced as finance minister, deputy minister of higher education and training Buti Manamela tweeted a single character - the universal symbol of recycling, writes Tehillah Niselow.

Lessons from Zimbabwe's failed land reforms

2018-10-14 10:00

Zimbabwe's failed populist-based land reform is a salutary lesson for South Africa on how land reform must be pragmatic and safe-guard commercial agriculture, writes William Gumede.

Staying true to a national vision

2018-10-14 06:00

This tightening noose of material deprivation has heightened levels of anxiety and desperation. As a nation, we will have to regroup, and avoid the short-termism of the first two decades of democracy, writes Jan Hofmeyr.

Ramaphosa's Jobs Summit 'lipstick on a pig'

2018-10-12 18:00

No matter how much President Cyril Ramaphosa dresses up his approach to the jobs crisis, it doesn't change the reality, writes Mmusi Maimane.

 
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The VBS scandal and the democratisation of corruption

2018-10-15 08:36

The greatest risk any democracy will face is that the system comes across as interested only in serving those few who are politically connected, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Nasty Women Talk Back: Political correctness is dead

2018-10-14 06:00

Political correctness is dead. There is a new lease on life for those little donald trumps to make America great again, or, one could say, "white, heteronormative and male" again.

Mathews Phosa: The enigma that was Pik Botha

2018-10-14 06:00

Pik Botha was never far from controversy. Among those who knew him, many felt he thrived on the challenge of difficult debates, stirring up hornet's nests as he went, writes Mathews Phosa.

Conversations with Pik Botha: Apartheid, PW and Mandela

2018-10-12 14:39

Pik Botha was a product of apartheid and as Minister of State played a leading role in administering policy. As a retiree he was a fascinating witness to the country's most crucial moments, writes Pieter du Toit.

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Pik Botha: A good man working for a bad government

2018-10-12 07:58

Roelof "Pik" Botha was the world's longest-serving foreign minister, a charismatic career diplomat-turned-politician whose negotiating skills were in high demand, particularly in the 1980s.

It's time to start rebuilding the criminal justice system

2018-10-11 15:14

Over the past fortnight, it has seemed as though the pendulum within the criminal justice system has begun to swing back, writes Mandy Wiener.

Nene's resignation offers an opportunity for South Africans

2018-10-11 10:53

The commission offers all South Africans the opportunity to reset our national priorities and to develop a resolution about required character of citizenship and political leadership, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

The Nene case: An ethical mixed bag

2018-10-11 05:00

The case of Nhlanhla Nene is a reminder that we need to apply more nuance in our assessment of ethical failures. This is something that does not come naturally where binary thinking reigns supreme, writes Deon Rossouw.

Taking hands to fight illegal wildlife trade

2018-10-11 08:13

Illegal wildlife trade is one of the greatest threats faced by species globally. In South Africa, nothing makes this point clearer than the rhino poaching we have experienced, writes Ashleigh Dore.

Irish lessons for Tito Mboweni on growth and jobs

2018-10-10 08:14

Given President Cyril Ramaphosa's drive for foreign direct investment and Jobs Summit, it might be worthwhile for new Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to take note of the spectacular growth in the Irish economy, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Poacher: 'I didn't know I was being taken for a fool'

2018-10-10 05:00

When Shuhood began diving for abalone, in his early twenties, he had no idea what he was getting into. An Afrikaans man named Johan walked over one morning and asked Shuhood if he knew how to swim.

FIRST TAKE: Tito Mboweni a win for Cyril Ramaphosa

2018-10-09 17:55

President Cyril Ramaphosa's appointment of Tito Mboweni, a former minister of labour and governor of the Reserve Bank, will have some repercussions in government and politics. Pieter du Toit considers the effect of Tuesday's announcement.

IN FOCUS | AgriSA's Dan Kriek: 'We don't have time; we need results'

2018-10-09 09:02

My message to government and the president is clear: I don't agree with plans to amend the Constitution. Section 25 of the Constitution is not the problem, says Dan Kriek, president of AgriSA.

Nene must take us into his confidence

2018-10-09 06:00

The sudden fall from grace of finance minister Nhlanhla Nene reveals something about the inherent weaknesses in mediatised politics, writes Ongama Mtimka.

Truth, Lies and Alibis: 'The truth is rarely pure and never simple'

2018-10-08 15:51

The motive of this book was to try to tease out the buried, hidden facts, after I had stumbled in this case – and in my reporting elsewhere – on stories in which the truth, to quote Oscar Wilde, was rarely pure and never simple.

Turbulence at Treasury: A short history

2018-10-08 10:13

National Treasury has been a beacon of good governance and stability since 1994 – the last couple of years however has seen it suffer under a barrage of political assault that resulted in four finance ministers in four years.

Doubts about Zim's maize production estimate presents opportunity for SA

2018-10-08 13:59

If the International Grains Council's estimate were to materialise, Zimbabwe could remain a net importer of maize in 2019/20. This is a window of opportunity for SA farmers and traders to exploit, writes Wandile Sihlobo.

Mondli Makhanya: South Africa, we’re okay

2018-10-07 23:25

Watching the bitter fight over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court and the vicious battle of Brexit taking place in the UK, one can’t but marvel at the levels of toxicity in world politics.

Cape Town's transport crisis is costing the economy

2018-10-07 08:00

With South Africa continuing to battle economic headwinds, and desperate to create jobs and socio-economic upliftment, it is important to not lose sight of the economic importance of transportation, writes Ryan Ravens.

The betrayal of the struggle: ANC, EFF and VBS Bank

2018-10-12 07:23

Black political leadership today does not fulfil the mandate of the struggle for liberation. It has abused and continues to abuse its power for self-gratification, writes Mfesane Siboto.

Is pooled funding the answer for municipalities?

2018-10-12 09:07

Pooled financing is a financing mechanism wherein our metros can jointly access public and private capital markets at advantageous borrowing terms, writes Rabelani Dagada.

Distrust and recession: Can Mboweni level the playing field?

2018-10-11 08:01

Revelations made against Nhlanhla Nene robbed him of the one essential commodity he needed to execute his functions as Minister of Finance: trust, writes Hlumelo Biko.

What SA can do to aid the fight against climate change

2018-10-11 10:21

The moment of truth has come. How the new report by leading climate scientists about Paris goals relates to South Africa's electricity plan, writes Andree Boehling.

Ramaphosa's message to corrupt politicians could be problematic

2018-10-10 11:03

The principle the president seems to be demonstrating to the country by accepting Nhlanhla Nene's resignation is that if one does the right thing, you will lose your job and all the perks that come with it, writes Mandy Wiener.

Nene's demise illustrates havoc Zuma sowed in civil service

2018-10-10 05:00

Many public servants have had their careers cut short by the nefarious deeds foisted upon them by political principals. As more skeletons tumble out of the closet, more will find their careers prematurely terminated, writes Thembinkosi Gcoyi.

The ANC dynamics that make Ramaphosa's job impossible

2018-10-09 09:26

President Cyril Ramaphosa may as well be honest with us: there are indeed ways of pulling South Africa out of the quicksand, but the internal dynamics of the ANC make that impossible, writes Max du Preez.

Nhlanhla Nene is not the only liar in Cabinet

2018-10-09 08:11

Lying has never disqualified an ANC politician from holding office but the Nene predicament has handed President Cyril Ramaphosa his toughest challenge yet, writes Adriaan Basson.

Nene and the Superman dilemma

2018-10-08 18:00

Superman might well save a plummeting plane and the hundreds of passengers on board as it meets a fiery end, but I would hate to employ him, writes Howard Feldman.

The Dros rape and the history of race and rape in SA

2018-10-08 12:35

Something interesting is going on when Black Land First and White Nation – the polar opposites of each other – can both condemn the alleged Dros rapist's behaviour with disgust, writes Lisa Vetten.

Nene undermines Ramaphosa's integrity ticket

2018-10-08 08:20

Nhlanhla Nene's position as finance minister has suddenly become untenable, both for the country and President Cyril Ramaphosa's campaign to clean up corruption in government, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Social cohesion is a political issue

2018-10-07 08:59

Calls for social cohesion are a product of a society that seems at pains with bringing into existence a common solidarity towards one another. But it is futile without an effective state, writes Lukhona Mnguni.

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