Wake-up call #3: Environmental decline will be followed by human decline

2018-03-22 11:20

It is crucial that we humans comprehend one simple thing … that our civilisation's survival is wholly reliant on Earth's biosphere. If we destroy it, our civilisation will face inevitable collapse, writes Robert Traydon.

Picking at the scab of the unhealed land wound

2018-03-22 10:52

The only way to prevent a wound from becoming infected is to open it up, irrigate it and make sure that there is nothing left to fester. It is painful and unpleasant, but necessary. So it is with the land issue, writes Howard Feldman.

Life Esidimeni the tip of an iceberg - What the Western Cape is doing to prevent another tragedy

2018-03-22 08:50

After the Life Esidimeni tragedy, the Western Cape health department began a hunt for unlicensed mental health facilities – and before long had tracked down around 200 of them. This constituted a crisis, writes Helen Zille.

Joburg has a new approach to budgeting - how it will improve service delivery

2018-03-22 10:24

We will invest in a rollout of housing opportunities which will achieve a real impact in our housing backlog, rather than the traditional meagre rollout of 1000 units per year against a demand exceeding 300 000, writes Herman Mashaba.

Minister's head should roll over pit latrine deaths

2018-03-22 08:03

The truth is that the will was never there to replace pit latrines. We live in a country where little children drown in faeces at school and the minister remains in her position with yet more empty promises, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Tom Moyane's 10 biggest blunders at SARS

2018-03-20 15:42

It was bizarre that Zuma would choose a retired prisons boss with a bad reputation for turning a blind eye to corruption to head up SARS. It later became clear why Zuma chose Moyane, writes Adriaan Basson.


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Bok series will be the end of Eddie Jones

2018-03-22 11:28

Mark Keohane predicts more misery for England coach Eddie Jones when his team travels to South Africa to face the Boks.

How dropout rates are diminishing education as a human right

2018-03-21 09:00

Almost 24 years after the dawn of democracy in South Africa, several headwinds still face the country in terms of ensuring that education is enshrined as a fundamental human right, writes Jackie Carroll.

Jacques Pauw looks into Moyane's back story, and why Zuma appointed him as SARS head

2018-03-20 12:48

Tom Moyane was hand-picked by former president Jacob Zuma to rein in an institution that, despite being lauded for its efficiency and independence, had become a threat to the hyenas that skulked the echelons of power, writes Jacques Pauw.

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Jacques Pauw looks into Moyane's back story, and why Zuma appointed him as SARS head

2018-03-20 12:48

Tom Moyane was hand-picked by former president Jacob Zuma to rein in an institution that, despite being lauded for its efficiency and independence, had become a threat to the hyenas that skulked the echelons of power, writes Jacques Pauw.

Charge health officials implicated in Life Esidimeni tragedy

2018-03-20 10:21

The Gauteng Department of Health's officials intentionally violated the dignity of vulnerable psychiatric patients. Their actions were criminal ab initio up until the last patient counted sadly passed away, writes Mahlodi Muofhe.

Mmusi Maimane: Malema 'sabotaging' Nelson Mandela Bay for political expedience

2018-03-19 13:36

Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (Port Elizabeth) has become a sacrificial lamb, strapped to the altar of EFF political expediency and awaiting slaughter, writes Mmusi Maimane.

Zuma to put the ANC on trial

2018-03-19 08:34

The drama regarding former president Jacob Zuma's corruption saga is about to reach another level and a very interesting level indeed, writes Ralph Mathekga.

The latest South African scenarios, flags and probabilities

2018-03-19 09:13

Cyril Ramaphosa’s ascent to the Presidency comes at a tipping point in the nation’s destiny. If he applies his leadership right, we have a chance of moving back once more to the High Road trajectory, writes Clem Sunter.

Australia has enough racists of its own

2018-03-18 06:03

We in South Africa were taught to be nice to visitors, which, it turned out, was where the problem started, writes Nicki Gules.

The skulls of our ancestors

2018-03-18 06:03

A call for the repatriation of the human remains of our African ancestors from the global north and former colonies, writes Wandile Kasibe.

The land issue is about restoring identity

2018-03-18 06:03

The discussion about land goes beyond expropriation, to what it means to us as a nation, writes Nomboniso Gasa.

We must all be involved in the land debate

2018-03-18 06:03

The discussions should be seen as an attempt to correct an historical injustice, which can unite the nation, argues Phumla Williams.

Let’s hear each other to eliminate unjust land rights

2018-03-18 06:03

Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Maite Nkoana-Mashabane’s admission that land reform has failed black South Africans and must be accelerated, is a great start to her tenure, writes Kholofelo Maponya.

Abrahams has no other choice but to charge Zuma

2018-03-16 13:47

If Abrahams had any shred of decency, he would have waited for the Constitutional Court to rule whether he should be in his job before making the announcement. But he is too arrogant for that, writes Adriaan Basson.

Oranje Blanje Blou keeps us anchored in the ugly past

2018-03-16 12:19

There has been a misconceived notion in South Africa that racism will root itself out if the law, democratic institutions and the intellectual elites deem it so. In reality, racism and its enduring symbols require more direct action.

In response to: Institutions showing signs of death - The National Consumer Commission

2018-03-16 08:47

In his opinion piece titled: "Institutions showing sign of death – Part 1: The National Consumer Commission", Mpumelelo Mkhabela pens a misguided narrative of the mandate of the NCC, writes Trevor Hattingh.

Inside Labour: The art of stealing songs and symbols

2018-03-16 06:52

Appropriation of policies and ideas can sometimes get rather messy, like the land expropriation furore initiated by the EFF and now adopted by the ANC, says Terry Bell.

Wake-up call #2: Human proliferation in perspective

2018-03-15 10:37

The Wake-up Call Series of weekly articles by Robert J Traydon will look at climate change from a range of problem/solution perspectives using simple analogies for all to understand.

Don't blame transformation for SA rugby woes

2018-03-15 10:13

Transformation cannot be blamed when South African teams fail to perform on the field, Mark Keohane insists.

Civil society's next target: the education of our children

2018-03-20 08:36

I fully support the idea of free tertiary education, but what sense does it make to spend so much on students when primary education is of such a low standard – and children drown in pit latrines, asks Max du Preez.

Open letter to Malusi Gigaba: Home Affairs is a national nightmare

2018-03-19 12:23

I am writing to you standing in a queue at the Edenvale Home Affairs office in Ekurhuleni. I arrived here at 07:00, an hour before the office actually opens. I am still waiting, writes Mahlatse Mahlase.

How investigative journalists helped turn the tide against corruption

2018-03-19 11:22

South Africa now appears to have started the process of forcing accountability on those who were responsible, and can appreciate how central journalists have been to this apparent turnaround, writes Anton Harber.

Sweet day for justice

2018-03-18 06:03

Back in 2009, the ANC set up a task team headed by then housing minister Lindiwe Sisulu to contrive ways of saving Jacob Zuma from criminal prosecution, writes Mondli Makhanya.

5 questions about Zuma's prosecution answered

2018-03-17 10:36

National Prosecuting Authority boss Shaun Abrahams has announced that prosecuting authorities intend to proceed against former president Jacob Zuma with charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering and racketeering. When and how did the saga begin?

Land needs a relationist approach

2018-03-18 06:03

Reform is not only about giving back what was forcibly taken. It’s about restoring relationships, argues Marlie Holtzhausen.

President's path will not be easy

2018-03-18 06:03

What stands in the way for President Ramaphosa to be likened to Nelson Mandela is for him to combine redress and reconciliation, writes Mcebidi Ndletyana.

Working together to root out racism

2018-03-18 00:00

Racism is a construct which finds its currency in the notion of the superiority of white people. It is firmly premised on the principle of human hierarchy which placed white people at the top of the heap, writes Stanley Henkeman.

The unsung heroes of the Zuma prosecution

2018-03-16 19:28

The two people who fought a brutal battle of nine years to bring Zuma closer to justice were veteran politicians Helen Zille and James Selfe, along with the late attorney Mervyn Smith, writes Adriaan Basson.

Land reform: Empower people, not the state

2018-03-16 13:50

We need a rational programme that enhances property rights and true ownership among its beneficiaries – not the sleight of hand that empowers government over the people, writes Terence Corrigan.

Why all parents and guardians of school learners must partake in SGB elections

2018-03-16 09:00

SGBs are the governance engines of any public school in South Africa. The key message from the community to criminals is simple: their schools are off limits, writes Lucky Menoe.

'I am not paralysed' - Ramaphosa defends his territory

2018-03-15 08:18

President Ramaphosa survived his first question session in Parliament this week, having been confronted by a number of testing follow ups by the usually vocal opposition, writes Paul Herman.

The children of KwaLanga are not dead: Do human rights apply to all equally?

2018-03-15 10:12

To continue celebrating Human Rights Day means we ought to ask whether or not people who were dehumanised for hundreds of years are now being protected by human rights, writes Mcebo Dlamini.

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