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Trying not to lose it over load shedding

2019-03-22 11:54

We need to talk about the mental health impact that load shedding is having on us as a collective. It's not something that is always top of mind or easy to do but we can't ignore it, writes Mandy Wiener.

Best estimates: Dawie Scholtz on where the votes could go, and why

2019-03-22 06:00

Analyst Dawie Scholtz believes the coming general election is one of the most uncertain in recent memory. He's fired up his election models to estimate what possible outcomes we can expect on May 8. This is how the chips could fall...

Black people will vote for the ANC while white people vote for Ramaphosa

2019-03-22 06:00

Unconditional black ANC voters do not regard the party as corrupt, only certain individuals, while white South Africans are tempted to vote for Cyril Ramaphosa, but perhaps for the wrong reasons, writes Solly Moeng.

The next government's biggest job? Education

2019-03-21 09:00

It is clear that resources need to be not just increased but also allocated where they are needed most to ensure that all children can receive a decent education, write Shenilla Mohamed and Iain Byrne.

Resisting the looters who stole our human rights

2019-03-21 07:00

With the Zondo commission underway, more than 20 civil society organisations have come together to establish a "civil society working group on state capture".

 
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The important message the upcoming election results will send South Africans

2019-03-22 06:00

Given the many indefensible and crippling problems facing the governing party, the 2019 elections will communicate an important message, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Five solutions to #KeepTheLightsOn

2019-03-21 11:24

The recent rolling blackouts, set to intensify, show that Eskom's operations have reached the level of a national crisis, writes Mmusi Maimane.

How to build a human rights culture and fight populism

2019-03-21 07:00

To overcome populism, it is important to develop a spirit and ethic of tolerance and embrace, writes Nico Koopman.

It is possible to smile in the dark

2019-03-20 18:00

I believe that South Africans grow up exposed to real adversity and I believe that this is a positive and not a negative, writes Howard Feldman.

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'New dawn' but the rogues are still more popular than clean Pravin

2019-03-20 08:25

What does it say about the ANC – its branches, provincial structures and national leadership – when its prime and most vocal opposer of state capture only made it onto the party list at position 73, asks Adriaan Basson.

My f*k, ANC!

2019-03-20 05:00

The central message from the president is that there is a new sheriff in town who will not tolerate any corruption. The problem is that this is starting to sound pretty hollow, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

The Christchurch terror attack affects Muslims everywhere

2019-03-19 11:55

The Christchurch shooting may be viewed as an isolated incident in New Zealand, but it is surely part of a driving force of Islamophobia on a global scale, writes Naseema Barday.

Are election candidates fit to hold office?

2019-03-19 05:00

Respect for Parliament is heavily dependent on the integrity of its membership. We therefor need MPs who are fully committed to uphold the law and the Constitution, writes Lawson Naidoo.

ANC elders' open letter to corrupt comrades: 'Remove yourself from party list'

2019-03-18 16:28

The escalation of acts of corruption associated with the ANC continus to disturb South African society. Not least, it upsets people who always held the organisation close to their hearts.

Legalising rhino horn trade the obvious answer to SA's poaching problems

2019-03-18 11:06

Those who are opposed to legal rhino horn trading either do not understand the realities of rhino conservation, or have a vested interest in rhino remaining endangered, writes Peter Oberem.

Copyright reforms to improve access to education

2019-03-18 09:18

Access to education materials in the new South Africa continues to be limited. The new law should be in the interests of local, as opposed to foreign publishers and authors, write Eve Gray and Desmond Oriakhogba.

Expropriation, Disrupted Land and the IRR

2019-03-17 07:00

The IRR's attack on AfriForum unfortunately underlines the fact that there is little space for nuanced debating in South Africa, and that nobody dares to put an alternative point of view to the ruling order's view of the past, writes Kallie Kriel.

The SSA spied on the people of SA and there's so much more we don't know

2019-03-15 05:00

Ramaphosa's panel has recommended that those who abused their power in the SSA face criminal prosecution. It's hard to overstate how rare a thing that is. And there's even more to discover, writes Murray Hunter.

System that allows Dlamini, Mokonyane, Zwane to become MPs is flawed

2019-03-14 10:48

Strictly speaking, there is nothing in the Constitution that prevents controversial ANC MPs like Bathabile Dlamini from being elected to Parliament. This is a problem, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

On Marelize, Woolworths water and young people who inspire us

2019-03-14 08:38

Marelize laughs at herself, the Woolworths water drinkers make sure we don't take ourselves too seriously, and the EFF rubbish collector displays maturity beyond his years. The youth inspire us, writes Howard Feldman.

EXPLAINED: Why it matters that Mabuza dissed Mboweni

2019-03-13 14:34

Crazy, but true. On Tuesday Deputy President David Mabuza said he doesn't take Finance Minister Tito Mboweni "seriously". Let's break it down for you and try to answer the question: What does this mean?

Did Bosasa just shoot itself in the foot? Why the company wants to reverse liquidation

2019-03-13 10:32

The reasons for Bosasa's complete about turn after placing the group of companies under voluntary liquidation in February are likely to revolve around concerns over what wrongdoing may be uncovered.

Visit by US deputy secretary of state highlights seriousness of land question

2019-03-20 06:00

As the game plan around expropriation without compensation becomes clearer – notably in the publication of the Expropriation Bill – the reality may be altogether more insidious, writes Terence Corrigan.

The pain of SA's Human Rights Day

2019-03-19 05:00

South Africa's celebrated political settlement is not yet systemically supported by serious efforts to secure an emotional settlement of the pain from our ugly past, write Mamphela Ramphele and George Lindeque.

Why an apology from Faith Mazibuko is not enough

2019-03-18 12:52

There are themes in Gauteng MEC Faith Mazibuko's noxious abuse of power that make her a dangerous political head and unsuitable for the civil service, writes Redi Tlhabi.

Battleground Gauteng will push ANC above or below 60%

2019-03-18 05:00

In 2014, almost 24% of all votes were cast in Gauteng. With almost a quarter of all voters living in this province, it makes sense that they will determine the final composition of Parliament, writes Adriaan Basson.

Christchurch mosque shootings must end New Zealand's innocence about right-wing terrorism

2019-03-17 07:00

In the hours after the attacks, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern made it clear this was a terrorist attack of "extraordinary and unprecedented violence" that had no place in New Zealand. She is right.

From Mandela to Mbeki and Zuma: How the spooks became obsessed with 'political intelligence gathering'

2019-03-15 05:00

A sense of inward-looking suspicion was birthed in the real struggle against apartheid, with real dangers. But it became a paranoia and clung to the ANC's DNA like a genetic disease.

Judgment against Dutch Reformed Church raises tricky legal questions

2019-03-15 09:15

A court order that protects members of the LGBT community is obviously to be welcomed. But the recent judgment against the Dutch Reformed Church is not without its own incoherencies, writes Serjeant at the Bar.

Theresa May loses another Brexit vote – is it time she just gave up?

2019-03-14 09:10

With just over two weeks to go until Brexit, Theresa May has once again failed to get her Brexit deal through parliament, leaving complete uncertainty about where the nation goes next.

FIRST TAKE: Inclusion of four dodgy cadres on ANC list shows depth of Ramaphosa's task

2019-03-13 18:10

The ANC stated in January that it will only include cadres that will "enhance the integrity" of the governing party on its lists for parliament. Does the inclusion of Malusi Gigaba, Nomvula Mokonyane, Bathabile Dlamini and Mosebenzi Zwane do that?

Change depends on eradication of corruption

2019-03-13 11:49

Change hinges on our ability to eradicate the biggest obstacle to service delivery, namely corruption. Every cent of public money should be allocated in a fair and efficient manner, writes Solly Msimanga.

This is why we pay such close attention to AgriSA's Dan Kriek

2019-03-13 09:23

AgriSA president Dan Kriek's proposal for land expropriation without compensation amounts to exempting mega-farms while the rest populate the front line of expropriation at sacrificial compensation, writes Gabriel Crouse.

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