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OPINION: Ben Turok, rare breed of MP dedicated to bridging the gap between rich and poor

2019-12-10 17:00

There can be little doubt that post-1994 Ben was a rarity - a truly dedicated constituency MP, who worked hard for his local community, worked hard to bridge the gap between rich and poor, worked hard to bring about a better life for those living in squalor, writes Roger Southall.

OPINION | Load shedding: The horror movie villain who continues to rise from the dead

2019-12-10 11:56

This is the villain that leaps out of the bath in a rage when you thought that he was dead. This is a toddler throwing a tantrum because he doesn't like what is happening. This is Eskom se last push, writes Howard Feldman.

OPINION: 2020, a year of diplomatic activism against gender inequality

2019-12-10 14:30

Our countries are facing similar challenges, and we have launched several national initiatives in our efforts to address them. Still, we need to design new policies that are more innovative, more progressive, more ambitious and more comprehensive, writes Aurélien Lechevallier and Ana Luisa Fajer.

Mamphela Ramphele: Celebrating and leveraging Gogos in our society

2019-12-10 05:00

Supporting Gogos to support young parents - single or married - would be the most cost-effective way of repairing our broken social fabric and reducing, and ultimately eliminating violence, writes Mamphela Ramphele.

Ben Turok (92): One of the last of the ANC honourables takes his leave

2019-12-09 16:43

The death of Ben Turok (92) means that one of the last links between the generation of ANC leaders that bore the brunt of the early days of the brutal apartheid machine and today have been severed. His death means the ANC loses wisdom and knowledge that the ANC can ill afford, writes Pieter du Toit.

 
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Ralph Mathekga: Don't blame policy failures on affirmative action

2019-12-10 10:21

The problem is that when general policy failure happens, it is unjustifiable to conclude that the general policy failures are caused by affirmative action, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Pieter du Toit: Four years on and Zuma’s dismissal of Nene still grates

2019-12-09 17:39

If there’s anything that the government and party of former president Jacob Zuma will be remembered for – apart from corruption, mismanagement and theft – it will be the brazen manner in which the capture clique attempted to hijack National Treasury on December 9, 2015, writes Pieter du Toit.

OPINION: Zozibini Tunzi has left the door open for all of us to walk through

2019-12-09 13:51

Young girls learn very early in life that they cannot (and should not) think for themselves and instead, conform to society, try not to do the things that boys do and never be the "head", always the necks, writes Nthabi Nhlapo.

OPINION: The costly difference between Cyril the farmer and Ramaphosa the president

2019-12-09 10:09

President Ramaphosa operates in the world of politics. In South African terms, it is a world of windy rhetoric, scapegoating, pandering to special interests and the endless evasion of responsibility. A prime signifier of this has been government's approach to its state-owned enterprises, and its deep reluctance to consider retrenchments there, writesTerence Corrigan.

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OPINION: Is the ethical tide about to turn – here’s hoping

2019-12-08 09:00

In November 2019, the South African Corporate Governance Index reported a slight improvement in the perceptions of organisational ethics in the country. This is somewhat startling, as it bucks the trend of recent years, writes Deon Rossouw .

OPINION: 'The DA is accepting of many different perspectives, all under the broad umbrella of liberalism'

2019-12-06 12:00

The view that our identities, including that of race, are "socially constructed" rather than immutable may seem startling to many. But this notion is part of a much-respected tradition in the social sciences, writes Belinda Bozzoli.

OPINION: Being a student in SA means fighting the State, trying not to get murdered

2019-12-05 06:01

As we enter into festive mode and get ready for a season with our families, I’m reminded that some families will sit and recoup this December without a son, daughter, cousin, niece, nephew, brother or sister, writes Kamva Somdyala.

OPINION: The highs and lows of 2019

2019-12-04 19:00

2019 taught us that South Africans want the best for each other, that together, we are stronger. More than that, it proved that with the right attitude we can really achieve pretty much anything, writes Howard Feldman.

Melanie Verwoerd: Food or SAA? Time for government to prioritise

2019-12-04 05:00

Very few of us would notice if SAA didn't exist any more. However, if our food production stops or even just slows down dramatically, it will affect every single one of us – especially the poor, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

OPINION I Power FM debacle: An opportunity missed by Ramaphosa or an unwillingness to be held accountable?

2019-12-03 15:57

By withdrawing from the Chairman's Conversation on Power FM, President Cyril Ramaphosa missed an opportunity to take the nation into his confidence and be accountable for a number of issues bedeviling South Africa, writes Lukhona Mnguni .

Adriaan Basson: It's time to see some CEOs in orange jumpsuits

2019-12-02 08:33

As the country waits with bated breath for the "state capture arrests" to start – hopefully before Christmas – the names of some top private sector executives should also be on the NPA's "priority list", writes Adriaan Basson.

OPINION: The DA's awkward history with race

2019-12-02 16:30

The "classical liberals" have got their way, and Mmusi Maimane has been replaced with John Steenhuisen as interim leader. To their credit, as dominant bloc they seem concerned about the message that the party’s internal racial conflict and resultant repeated purges of black leaders sends to the wider voting public, writes Christi van der Westhuizen.

ANALYSIS | From Kroonstad to Three Anchor Bay: How Willem Breytenbach got away for 40 years

2019-11-29 06:00

It is between these two places, Kroonstad and Three Anchor Bay, that Willem Breytenbach spent the prime of his adult life - what now appears to be an undeniable fact - as a sexual predator and got away with it. For 40 years.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela: Why Malema's leadership style could choke the EFF's growth

2019-11-29 06:00

Malema and the EFF must evolve in part by listening to critics and not rubbishing them or calling them names. The party must begin to reflect the aspirations of all South Africans, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

OPINION: The DA's stance on equal opportunity continues to be misunderstood

2019-11-28 09:47

When the DA speaks of promoting "equality of opportunity", we do not mean that everyone already has equal opportunities, but that everyone should have equal opportunities, writes Zakhele Mbhele.

ANALYSIS | Namibian elections: The sands are shifting – slowly

2019-11-26 15:03

Namibia’s political stability so far has been vested in the dominance of Swapo. Those opposing its control face an uphill battle. If they make inroads, they should not be sidelined by manipulation of the election results.

Mamphela Ramphele: Protecting the ANC has become a religion

2019-11-26 05:00

The ANC demonstrates their determination to keep "unity" at all costs while citizens watch helplessly as those who failed to protect public interests continue to occupy responsible positions at taxpayers' expense, writes Mamphela Ramphele.

Adriaan Basson: The #MeToo revolution we need in boardrooms, newsrooms and classrooms

2019-11-25 07:46

The first reaction from many people to the Willem Breytenbach revelations and to other sexual predators who have not yet been exposed, is, "we always suspected something, but we didn't know it was this bad", writes Adriaan Basson.

OPINION I Expropriation: Brexit-like fixation over decision on Constitutional amendment

2019-12-08 07:00

A contextual approach (regardless of the reason for the expropriation) with flexible policy guidelines on the calculation of compensation will address the problem more effectively, and prevent litigation that drives up the cost of expropriation exponentially, writes Elmien du Plessis.

Mandy Wiener: We should have learnt from Nicholson but CSA has let it happen again

2019-12-05 17:33

Public sentiment is once again firmly against the suits running the game and a diabolical media approach has entrenched that feeling. Five journalists had their accreditation revoked at the Mzansi Super Leagues games in Cape Town and Joburg last weekend. Sponsors are unhappy and independent directors are resigning, writes Mandy Wiener.

Clem Sunter I The world and South Africa in the 2020s: The latest flags, scenarios and probabilities

2019-12-05 05:00

There have always been two crossroads for South Africa to take the High Road in the long run. The first was political and successfully navigated towards the end of the last century. However, the second crossroads was economic and is where we stand right now having had almost 10 years of disappointing GDP growth and even a recession, writes Clem Sunter.

WATCH | Inside Gavin Watson’s lair and the exorcism of Angelo Agrizzi

2019-12-04 06:00

A day before corruption accused company Bosasa's assets are set to be auctioned, News24 investigative journalist Kyle Cowan visited the company's Krugersdorp headquarters. Behind the massive gates, a different world was waiting.

ANALYSIS | The social management of HIV: African migrants in South Africa

2019-12-03 08:37

HIV is the most common chronic illness in South Africa. One in every five is infected and one in every 13 takes antiretroviral drugs daily. Managing HIV medically has become more of a part of normal life.

OPINION | How Germany resolves conflict between unions and employers: Lessons for SA

2019-11-29 10:46

Labour relations can become a hindrance to progress if they are governed by mistrust and ideological warfare. But if trust, responsibility and clear rules reign, like in Germany, it can shape a country's social progress, writes Martin Schäfer.

Hunting bullfrogs – The man behind My Only Story

2019-11-29 06:00

It's difficult to describe how anxious and jumpy Wiggett is. If you've listened to the podcast, you'll know that he speaks in an awkward staccato, at times mulling each word, at others firing them off in rapid succession. He's self-deprecating and wry.

OPINION: Instagram and the sexual predator

2019-11-29 06:00

Without overseeing what our kids are doing on Instagram, checking in frequently and having multiple conversations around your children's online activity, they are bound to make mistakes with long term serious psychological, reputational and even legal consequences.

OPINION: What politicians could learn from Nando's latest ad

2019-11-27 16:25

We are more robust than you imagine, and we are capable of laughing at the most challenging of subjects, writes Howard Feldman.

Ralph Mathekga: Bongo's arrest no high profile state capture case

2019-11-26 09:02

It is a stretch to say Bongani Bongo's arrest is a high profile state capture arrest. He is not even a high profile politician; he is merely a low level fixer who was inexplicably appointed to Cabinet by Zuma, writes Ralph Mathekga.

READ IN FULL: Mogoeng Mogoeng – Let us be as hopeful as Nelson Mandela was

2019-11-25 10:34

It really is a shame that 25 years down the line, we still have so many of our people suffering as much as they do, it is a shame that inequality has become sharper during our constitutional democracy than during apartheid, and check who is at the top?

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