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Adriaan Basson: Why did Colonel Christelle Stemmet have to die?

2019-11-18 07:25

I do not know what pushed Colonel Christelle Stemmet over the edge (if she indeed shot herself), but wish she was treated better by the police service she so loved, writes Adriaan Basson.

EXTRACT | Balance of Power: The day Ramaphosa confronted Moyane

2019-11-17 08:54

Ramaphosa was determined to show Moyane what he was really capable of, and decided to discipline him, building the case that he had lost confidence in him. The president was clear; Moyane had to go if Sars had any chance of recovery.

OPINION: Liberals are failing to wrap their heads around race

2019-11-15 10:29

At the heart of the DA's problems lies what can be called "white denialism" – the inability to acknowledge the continuing repercussions of race and racism in the country, writes Christi van der Westhuizen.

ANALYSIS | Brinkmanship, bankruptcy and politics: SAA and what might happen at Eskom

2019-11-15 06:00

The South African government is running out of money and time. If it doesn’t embark on extensive reorganisation and rationalisation of the national finances the country will pay a heavy price. And the brinkmanship between it and unions at SAA might be a curtain-raiser to the main event: knocking Eskom into shape.

 
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EXTRACT | Lured to Cape Town by Rive's District Six novel

2019-11-18 10:30

After living in Cape Town for 20 years, Henry Trotter explores the unique character of the city while illuminating some of the hidden historical, political and cultural forces that shape its social life in his new book Cape Town: A Place Between.

OPINION: Zuma, Trump and the destructive trend breeding cynicism about democracy

2019-11-17 08:21

It is not that attacks on judges should not occur – but they should not be ad-hominem and personal. The criticisms of judges ought to be directed at decisions that judges make after a deliberative process, writes Penelope Andrews.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela: A blueprint for Eskom from 1936

2019-11-15 09:00

The crises many SOEs face today prove that government guarantees and hard cash injections have become a perverse incentive for executives to run the companies like government departments, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

OPINION: Faf, Fanon and how the Boks could come undone

2019-11-15 08:10

A decade of Jacob Zuma has made South Africans more desperate but also more wary of politics and receptive to Siya Kolisi's brand of sincere, lived-in pragmatism. It could all soon end in defeatism if Eben Etzebeth's denial of the charges does not stand up, writes Cecelia Balfour.

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EXTRACT | Arthur Chaskalson: A Life Dedicated to Justice for All – 'Rivonia trial had profound impact on him'

2019-11-14 09:51

The Rivonia trial was the most important South African trial of the 1960s and probably of the last three decades of apartheid. That Bram Fischer had asked him to argue reflects the confidence that Bram and his other colleagues had in Arthur Chaskalson.

OPINION: 'Cancel culture' is killing humour and personality

2019-11-13 18:00

Cancel culture is dangerous. It has the potential to cause enormous damage. By forcing people to seek safe and approved options, it leaves personality and humour dead in its wake, writes Howard Feldman.

Lana Marks: The US and South Africa are stronger together

2019-11-13 05:00

As the senior US diplomat in South Africa, and as a determined businesswoman myself, I will especially strive to help more women to achieve their professional goals, writes new US ambassador to SA Lana Marks.

Mamphela Ramphele: Let's leverage the Springboks' win for real change

2019-11-12 09:16

Redefining what that prosperity would look like needs to be done by leveraging the energies of millions of citizens dispersed in thousands of communities in both rural and urban areas, writes Mamphela Ramphele.

Ralph Mathekga: VBS could shatter EFF leadership at December elective conference

2019-11-12 08:57

The EFF that comes out of the elective conference will most likely no longer have a place for Godrich Gardee and Dali Mpofu, who seem to be indifferent towards defending their fellow leaders on allegations of impropriety, writes Ralph Mathekga.

OPINION: Where are the honest politicians? And why all the sleaze?

2019-11-10 06:00

What are my choices of characters for a committed and ethical public official? I have chosen a deep personal commitment to the greater good over the long run rather than to particular interests over the short run, writes Rich Mkhondo.

John Steenhuisen: We need fewer wishbones and more backbones

2019-11-10 06:00

I have no doubt President Cyril Ramaphosa knows what needs to be done in order to rein in our spending, curb our debt and bring back investment. But the fact that he can't do any of it is worrying, writes John Steenhuisen.

Martin Schäfer: Lessons from the fall of the Berlin Wall

2019-11-08 07:43

There are many lessons to be drawn from the meaning of the fall of the Berlin Wall, writes Germany's ambassador to South Africa, Martin Schäfer. Some are domestic, like the fight against racism, and some are international, like the need for multilateralism, writes Martin Schäfer.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela: What it means to celebrate a true national achievement

2019-11-07 09:04

The fact that the detractors are coming out for all to see them is not a bad thing. It allows us to challenge them about their myopic attempt to elevate narrow racial considerations over national pride, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Melanie Verwoerd: Our response to the Springboks victory shows we're more united than divided

2019-11-06 07:19

The celebrations we've seen since Saturday didn't just suddenly get resurrected when we won the Rugby World Cup. Our desire to be one nation has persisted since 1994, despite a few very hard knocks, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Adriaan Basson: The rainbow nation reloaded – let's not mess it up again

2019-11-04 07:08

Kolisi and Erasmus' rainbow nation has no room for holy cows. With the greatest of respect, this is not a time for only singing "Shosholoza" and holding hands and thinking things will change, writes Adriaan Basson.

Springbok rugby: Contested terrain in a country with a divided history

2019-10-31 16:30

Springbok rugby has always been contested terrain. Siya Kolisi and his team carry much more history on their shoulders than just heartwarming victories and shattering defeats, writes Pieter du Toit.

Mayihlome Tshwete to Siya Kolisi: 'Winning the trophy won't change things'

2019-11-01 06:00

I know you know the history of this country well enough to know that these divides cannot be placed on the shoulders of great athletes such as yourself to fix, writes Mayihlome Tshwete to Springbok captain Siya Kolisi.

Fikile Mbalula: Sanral intervention to curb carnage on Moloto road

2019-11-14 08:44

Improving the physical safety of the country's roads is Sanral's job. However, the improvement of the physical infrastructure should not in itself be seen as panacea for all the challenges we face on this roads, writes Fikile Mbalula.

Melanie Verwoerd: The sound of silence and caramelised snakeskin

2019-11-13 08:45

All of us need some time out and time not only to slow down physically, but also mentally. As much as our bodies need to occasionally detox, we also need an occasional mental and spiritual detox, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Douglas Gibson: It's time to break the tripartite alliance

2019-11-12 09:08

The socialists and communists in the ANC kraal are not all bad people – some of them are very decent, but it is impossible to run a modern economy in a constitutional democracy when there is constant tension between diametrically opposed policy directions, argues Douglas Gibson.

OPINION: A response to Ralph Mathekga on why advocacy is vital

2019-11-12 08:57

Ralph Mathekga's concerns about advocacy and lobbying are misplaced and his proposal risks setting a dangerous precedent both for civil rights and for the county's ability to interrogate failed policy. Advocacy has always played, and continues to play, a part in South African politics, argues the IRR's Sara Gon.

Adriaan Basson: How the ANC failed its principled son, Vernie Petersen

2019-11-11 05:00

A woman who knows everything about the high price you pay in the ANC for standing up against corruption attended my launch in Hyde Park on Tuesday. Her name is June Petersen, writes Adriaan Basson.

The ugly side of politics

2019-11-10 22:40

The prevailing differences within the ANC are caused by power-mongering and jostling for positions which become heightened in the run-up to conferences held at local, regional, provincial and national levels.

Pule Mabe: ANC leads the way in keeping democracy alive

2019-11-10 06:00

While the liberal media has sought to drive a wedge and divide the ANC, the people have always spoken through the power of their universal franchise through their vote, writes Pule Mabe.

Sisonke Msimang: Of rugby and rainbows

2019-11-08 06:00

The usual crowd shots of all-white South African crowds at rugby matches are becoming a thing of the past. It is precisely for this reason that Kolisi’s captaincy is so important, writes Sisonke Msimang.

Leon Schreiber: DA walks the talk on accountability

2019-11-07 15:50

The media has over the past decade issued superficial appeals for political leaders to be held accountable. Yet, when the DA does exactly that to its own leaders the reaction from commentators and the media is hysterical, apocalyptic and silly, writes Leon Schreiber

OPINION: We can celebrate the Boks and still be worried about SA

2019-11-06 15:58

I would be shocked if any of the millions of South Africans who have celebrated the Springbok win believe that because we returned with the World Cup, our problems have been solved. It's nonsensical in the extreme, writes Howard Feldman.

Mandy Wiener | Lessons from the World Cup for my 5-year-old and President Ramaphosa

2019-11-05 13:12

Mandy Wiener says that watching the Springbok victory at the Rugby World Cup with her 5-year-old son provided many lessons, not just for herself and her child, but for all of us, and President Cyril Ramaphosa in particular.

Pieter du Toit: A country 'on its backside' must look beyond Siya’s sterling Springboks

2019-11-04 12:10

Siya Kolisi and Rassie Erasmus have done a wonderful job but the image of our country has again shown up the political class's ineptitude in solving our problems, writes Pieter du Toit.

EXTRACT: Radical politics, yes, but with civility and humanity

2019-11-02 07:00

In recent years, South African politics has been characterised by a distinct lack of civility and accountability. Racism and violent threats have become the norm and civilised, democratic politics is being replaced by the political mob.

Zelda la Grange to Madiba: 'I can hear your voice loud and clear…'

2019-11-01 06:00

In a letter to former president Nelson Mandela, his former personal assistant Zelda le Grange tells him about her excitement for the Rugby World Cup final, when the most representative team from South Africa to ever play for the cup faces England. "Your words ring true. Sport has the power to unite people like no other event," she writes.

OPINION | Siya, The Movie: How will it end?

2019-11-01 06:00

A young screenwriter finds himself in an elevator with a powerful Hollywood executive, who grants him two minutes to make his movie pitch. This is the moment he's been dreaming about, so he launches into Act 1 as the elevator doors close.

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