OPINION: Parktown Boys' High drowning a wake-up call for school governing bodies

2020-01-24 11:42

School governing bodies also have to accept that risks do materialise and that it is vital they have policies and procedures in place to ensure the school's response is effective on all fronts. A concern in the current case is the lack of comment from the governing body, writes Parmi Natesan and Muhammad Seedat.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela: Unless ANC gets its house in order, expect more Gupta-style state capture attempts

2020-01-24 10:00

A culture should be developed where it is frowned upon for a minister or proxy of a minister to call a director general or a CEO of a state entity enquiring about employment or procurement opportunities for comrades, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

OPINION: Remembering Auschwitz and the lessons we have to learn from it

2020-01-22 15:34

A column on this platform, News24, a few weeks ago, about the killing of Qassem Soleimani, one that had nothing to do with being a Jew or with Israel, resulted in some of the most vile posts I have seen, writes Howard Feldman.

ANALYSIS | Gordhan, De Ruyter on Eskom crisis: 'We've got this'

2020-01-22 09:19

News24 has interviewed Gordhan and De Ruyter about the Eskom crisis separately, within hours of one another, and the similarities in their outlooks are striking.

Mcebo Dlamini: Does government have a plan to address unemployment?

2020-01-21 15:00

Unemployment is not a new problem in South Africa and the continuation of this problem raises suspicion around whether the government has a plan to deal with this problem which has been becoming worse year after year, writes Mcebo Dlamini.

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OPINION: Gender-based violence is an affront to our humanity

2020-01-23 09:04

Parents, community leaders, religious leaders and leadership in the workplace should promote instilling the values of human dignity, equality and respect in young men and boys, and society at large, writes Phumla Williams.

Melanie Verwoerd: The biggest challenge to Ramaphosa's New Dawn

2020-01-22 05:00

There are hundreds if not thousands of public servants who are facing disciplinary action - mostly for procurement procedures which were not followed - although in many instances they did not benefit from it directly, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

OPINION: Landmark court ruling highlights crisis in South Africa's cities and towns

2020-01-21 12:47

The ruling is a victory for activists who have been embroiled in a long-running battle against the dysfunctional and incompetent municipal council run by the African National Congress (ANC), writes Joleen Steyn Kotze.

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Ralph Mathekga: Why Ramaphosa is not attending the Davos summit

2020-01-21 09:45

The President did not skip Davos because he is worried about the collective within the ANC which might take a decision he would not like simply because he is ticked "absent" on the register that day. This is about whom the president leaves the ANC with, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Adriaan Basson: This is the type of rogue who wants Pravin Gordhan fired

2020-01-20 06:00

The battle to remove Gordhan and ultimately President Cyril Ramaphosa from office is in full swing and led by rogues like Mosebenzi Zwane, writes Adriaan Basson.

Herman Mashaba: the work of fixing South Africa has to start with our economy

2020-01-19 09:00

We need a government which says what it means and does what it says, and not a government that speaks with a forked tongue where our economic policy is framed by who they are addressing, writes Herman Mashaba.

ANALYSIS: The plan to make Cyril Ramaphosa a one-term president

2020-01-17 09:00

In 2010, former US president Barack Obama's detractors vowed to make him a "one-term president". President Cyril Ramaphosa is facing the same challenge: Political opponents are determined to make sure he does not come back after the next party election, reports Pieter du Toit.

Melanie Verwoerd: It is far from game over for Ramaphosa

2020-01-15 05:00

It is exactly because he rarely attacks problems in a bulldozer fashion, but rather in a counter-intuitive manner that he has survived so long in politics, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Pieter du Toit: How Pravin Gordhan became the principal enemy of the state capture project

2020-01-14 06:30

When he was finance minister, he had to time and again fend off attempts to capture the Treasury and reconfigure the fiscus. He used the office of the chief procurement officer at the Treasury to clamp down on illegal, fruitless and wasteful expenditure and tried to keep a rein on rampant expenditure, which created many enemies who wanted to keep on pillaging state resources, writes Pieter du Toit.

ANALYSIS | Racism, fake news and state capture: How they’re killing off Gordhan

2020-01-13 10:52

Pravin Gordhan, formerly the commissioner of the SA Revenue Service and twice minister of finance, now the minister of public enterprises, has been systematically demonised as corrupt, incompetent and the main reason for Eskom’s descent into dysfunction. And it seems that the assault has worked, writes Pieter du Toit.

QUICK TAKE: Mabuza’s move and Mboweni’s moan reveals depth of division in party and state

2020-01-10 11:07

Two seemingly unrelated events over the last 24 hours might give us some indication of where the political and economic year is headed. And early signs are that it won’t be pretty, writes Pieter du Toit.

ANALYSIS: Gifts for the ANC at 108 years? Younger leaders with ideas

2020-01-10 05:00

Just as it was stuck with an ageing leadership in the 1940s so too today it is stuck with a NEC leadership and cabinet that averages on 60 years old. Innovation and creativity is therefore sparse and the same rhetoric and thinking common in the 1980s and 1990s continues to reign today, writes Wesley Seale

ANALYSIS | The ANC at 108: the sick man of South African politics

2020-01-10 05:00

The governing party will celebrate its birthday this weekend. But no amount of champagne, cakes or booze-fuelled parties can mask the reality of the what the ANC has become: it is in terminal decline, losing support and unable to effect the repairs necessary, writes Pieter du Toit.

Herman Mashaba: South Africa need solutions that rise above the sewers of our politics

2020-01-09 13:38

By the time I resigned from the DA, I had gained a very acute sense of what is wrong with our political system. So profound was this understanding, that I knew that I had no political home which I could vote for in the next elections, writes Herman Mashaba.

Mmusi Maimane: Matrics passed but the DBE failed the exam

2020-01-09 06:00

We must take charge of our destinies and create solutions for our children. We can’t afford to wait for this government to get its act together – if we do, we’ll be waiting forever.

OPINION: Why matric throughput rate is a better indicator of success

2020-01-08 14:32

Equal Education calculates a throughput rate, which considers how many learners who were in Grade 2 in 2009, passed matric in 2019. This year the throughput rate was at 42%, quite a striking difference compared to the 81.3% the Department of Basic Education is presenting, writes Malin Steinsland.

ANALYSIS: Matric results not a good indicator of the health of the education system as a whole

2020-01-08 11:57

If we do not address the problem of low literacy and numeracy skills in the system, especially in the early years, there is a high risk of streaming learners according to the education opportunities the system has afforded them, rather than their academic abilities, writes Equal Education

OPINION: Why the German and French ambassadors are swapping jobs

2020-01-21 10:41

The political ties between our two countries are extraordinary. What's crucial though, is that our partnership is not something bureaucratic or abstract. It has been built by millions of people on both sides of the river Rhine, writes Martin Schäfer and Aurélien Lechevallier.

OPINION | Davos 2020: The focus should be on poverty, not inequality

2020-01-20 12:00

Sadly, the very much needed dialogue on how to strategically win the fight against poverty and open up opportunities for the millions around the world, is, in many occasions, overshadowed by the obsession over income inequality, writes Phumlani M. Majozi.

ANALYSIS: Ramaphosa needs to autocorrect and do so quickly

2020-01-17 12:00

President Cyril Ramaphosa should quickly correct his mistakes. And he needs to quicken his consultation processes, which do not necessarily have to yield consensus or please everyone before he takes decisions, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

OPINION | Proteas: a coup d'état at the cost of transformation?

2020-01-16 14:52

It's clear, certainly, in their view, that race is not an issue and there is no place for politics (and by politics this means transformation) in cricket and certainly transformation should not be a key pillar in the long-term strategy of cricket in this country, writes Msingathi Sipuka and Ayanda Jam.

OPINION: There is hardly anything funnier than a funeral

2020-01-15 15:03

Whether it is the juxtaposing of the seriousness of the event against a comedic situation, or our natural anxiety about being at a funeral that places us on the verge of chaos, funerals are perfectly placed to bring out the worst in us, writes Howard Feldman.

Ralph Mathekga: Where to from here for Eskom?

2020-01-14 09:58

Freeing Eskom from the grip of the ANC-led government could also have implications on the behaviour of the private sector which could gain massive power through which to subvert the transformation agenda of the ANC, writes Ralph Mathekga.

ANC struggles for relevance

2020-01-12 21:38

The question will remain whether, when it entered the transition period as a party in power, it understood its responsibility and mandate, writes Thabang Motsohi.

Adriaan Basson: Who is really running Eskom?

2020-01-13 06:00

The only way to fix Eskom is to fix the people who work there. Until we have one, legitimate and universally accepted view of the true state of affairs at the utility, more lies will be told, and swords be fallen on, writes Adriaan Basson.

ANALYSIS: Empty promises, hollow rhetoric define the ANC today

2020-01-10 05:00

January 8 statements, once the most serious messages from party leadership, providing guidance to supporters of the movement on the struggle against apartheid, have now become monotonous rhetoric of promises, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Ghaleb Cachalia: Open letter to ESKOM CEO Andre de Ruyter

2020-01-10 12:35

It has been made abundantly clear by many informed observers that the parlous state Eskom finds itself in is due in large measure to political interference, mismanagement, poor maintenance, and an opaque business model that has allowed for the infestation of graft in procurement, investment, construction and contracts, writes Ghaleb Cachalia

OPINION: Matrics deserve a shot at real achievement

2020-01-09 17:16

After 12 years of grade-school education, which outcomes do average South African school leavers actually attain? Are they educated in line with standards on the African continent, or in line with global benchmarks? The answer is a resounding "no" to both, meaning we need to ditch the obsession with pass-rates, Corrin Varady.

EXPLAINER: Iran, the US, Trump, ballistic missiles... and what comes next

2020-01-09 11:24

There is a difference between what "the US wants" and what "Trump wants". According to European officials, the nuclear containment agreement reached between Western allies and Iran under former president Barack Obama was working in preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power, writes Pieter du Toit.

OPINION: The ANC must remain as a bulwark in the era of anti-imperialism

2020-01-08 17:28

Donald Trump's ordering of the airstrikes and subsequent assassination of Soleimani and al-Mohandis must be seen in this context of the US acting as an irresponsible so-called superpower to protect apartheid Israel in the region, writes Khalid Sayed.

OPINION: Soleimani does not deserve our tears

2020-01-08 13:59

Iran is a country that only a few weeks ago killed 1 500 of their own people because they were protesting. It is a country that openly and publicly and proudly hangs gay men. It is a regime that jails and executes anyone with an opinion that is not in alignment with the government, writes Howard Feldman.

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