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OPEN LETTER: Dear Mr President, send us, commercial farmers

2018-07-26 08:56

In July Nick Serfontein wrote to President Ramaphosa to send the commercial farmers to help with effective land reform. Serfontein has been included on Ramaphosa's advisory panel on land reform. Read his open letter here.

Language and represention matter, Mr Mboweni

2018-09-21 12:33

You can but understand the immense joy we feel when we see someone on a high platform seemingly owning their identity and excelling. In this regard, their excellence is our excellence. It’s collective, writes Bombi Mavundza.

Taking stock of South Africa's fragile coalitions

2018-09-21 08:51

A little over two years ago, coalition governments took control of four of South Africa's six biggest cities. It marked a watershed in South African politics, and signalled the permanent arrival of coalition politics, writes Leon Schreiber.

Alan Winde: I've got big shoes to fill

2018-09-20 15:21

As premier of the Western Cape he will have big shoes to fill but with almost two decades in government, he's got the track record to prove that he's up to the challenge, says Alan Winde.

 
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What to make of Dlamini-Zuma's warning about land

2018-09-21 10:23

Dr Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma's comment that "patience on the land issue is wearing dangerously thin" is often made by political leaders, but has little basis in fact, writes Frans Cronje.

What SA companies can learn from the US about female representation

2018-09-21 11:48

A new bill in the US provides that by no later than the close of the 2019 calendar year companies must have a minimum of one female director on its board, writes Matodzi Ratshimbilani.

When you become a crime statistic

2018-09-20 12:10

Every year, police deliver crime statistics, trying their best to convince the nation that they are winning the war against crime. But the real picture on the ground tells a different story, writes Sibongile Khumalo.

Why it's a good thing the ConCourt legalised private use of marijuana

2018-09-20 06:00

The Constitutional Court’s judgment is to be applauded for doing away with the moralistic and paternalistic assumption that marijuana use by adults in private is always wrong and unhealthy, writes Mary Nel.

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Can Cosatu self-correct?

2018-09-20 08:25

Cosatu should use its congress as a platform for introspection and self-correction to reclaim its former glory as a powerful and influential federation, writes Benson Ngqentsu.

What the driver saw at the Gupta compound

2018-09-19 10:39

Security guard and driver John Maseko watched the car enter through the steel double gate that opens onto Saxonwold Drive. A man stepped out, walked up the half-moon stairs to a colonnaded portico and disappeared inside.

It is possible to be part of a plastic free world

2018-09-19 08:16

It is true that every one of us can make a huge difference and supermarkets will change if enough of us protest and complain about the unnecessary use of plastic, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Incoming CT mayor Plato has colourful history with informants, intelligence

2018-09-18 14:32

A high-ranking police officer has previously accused Cape Town mayoral candidate Dan Plato of using public funds to pay informants and of conducting intelligence operations in his capacity as MEC for Community Safety in the Western Cape.

There is reason for hope

2018-09-18 07:04

The days until next year's general election will be dark and stormy. But there is reason for hope, writes Max du Preez.

Read Standard Bank's full statement to Zondo commission

2018-09-17 17:49

Standard Bank's Ian Sinton has detailed how they had faced pressure from the ANC and Cabinet ministers to rescind their decision to close the Gupta-linked Oakbay group's accounts. Read the full statement.

Land: Guarding against single story narratives

2018-09-17 13:15

When assessing our ancestors' choices, we need to look at the deeds in the era that they occurred in and not judge them by today's environment. And that is the heart of the problem.

Can the ANCYL be saved from the politics of money?

2018-09-17 11:15

We can’t have an ANCYL that is led by those who think it is their time to eat. We need young people who still have a revolutionary consciousness and not those who rather want to live a lavish lifestyle, writes Rebone Tau.

South Africans come off second best as politicians play havoc with coalitions

2018-09-17 09:26

If political parties don’t learn lessons from their current coalition partnerships, ordinary citizens will suffer while politicians engage in a game of chess to secure power, writes Joleen Steyn Kotze.

Of coalitions and electoral numbers

2018-09-16 10:29

Nothing has demonstrated a turning point in South African politics more than the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and DA’s non-coalition or alliance in three metros following the 2016 local government elections, writes Anele Mtwesi.

Editorial: Make scientific research matter

2018-09-16 10:29

Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane spoke out this week about the tendency of government to be quick to sacrifice money set aside for research and use it for other purposes.

Like Biko's, their souls do not rest

2018-09-16 06:03

It is a shame that our president is willing to turn his back on fellow trade unionists while mine workers and their families suffer, writes Julian Kunnie.

Trump, the gift that keeps on giving

2018-09-16 06:03

Following a few “promising” summits, Brics has failed to live up to all the hype of a new global player contesting the status quo of the world political economy, writes Ntokozo Mthombeni.

On the reasons for visiting Cuba

2018-09-20 08:00

Cuba is not an example of success. It is non-democratic and one of the world’s leading human rights abusers that brutally controls an impoverished and desperate population, writes Howard Feldman.

The British Council's Mandela exhibition: history or corporate whitewash?

2018-09-19 08:49

The "Mandela and Me" exhibition at the British Council in London sponsored by Anglo American, completely ignores the company's role as a principal beneficiary of British colonial rule and the apartheid regime, writes Andy Higginbottom.

Why the Zondo commission needs to pick up the pace

2018-09-18 19:00

South Africans are being reminded daily that Zuma may have left office, but that he still is capable of muddying the waters. The commission needs to act as swiftly as it can, writes Richard Calland.

Dagga ruling a joint victory - now to hash out the details

2018-09-18 13:04

The highest court in the land has lived up to its name and upheld a Western Cape High Court decision that it is legal to be in possession of dagga in your private capacity.

On non-racialism and freedom of speech - lessons from Germany

2018-09-18 09:15

Non-racialism is a potential future that we'll realise only if we work towards it with our daily private and public thoughts, behaviours and actions, writes Andani Thakhathi.

The strange strategic choices of the DA

2018-09-18 06:41

DA leader Mmusi Maimane's possible decision to become the DA's candidate for premier of the Western Cape could open the party up for even more internal conflict, analysts say.

State capture and Standard Bank: ANC emerges as the main accused

2018-09-17 15:20

How could the ANC not be on trial at the commission of inquiry into state capture? The organisation, its leaders and its deployees to government all were seemingly in service of the Guptas' shadow state, Pieter du Toit argues.

Reassess affirmative action policy

2018-09-17 08:17

Government must assess how it has framed affirmative action programmes in the last decade or so to determine if the problem is with affirmative action as such, or the way policies have been crafted, writes Ralph Mathekga.

A chance or curse for labour

2018-09-16 10:29

Never before has it become so compelling for organised labour to stand up with one voice and participate in shaping the 4IR, writes Frans Baleni.

Editorial: What is wrong with us?

2018-09-16 10:29

What is wrong with us? This is the question we should all try to answer as a nation after the release of the crime statistics this week.

Public service is a call to serve people

2018-09-16 10:29

Public service originates from the need to serve the people. The people choose a government to run public affairs on their behalf and for their benefit, writes Sisa Mlisana.

Clothes don’t always maketh the politician

2018-09-16 06:03

Politicians embark on their journey knowing full well that once they are players in the game, their lives become public, writes Dumisane Lubisi.

SA resembles 1960s bathed in blood

2018-09-16 06:03

The metaphor of the “Benoni phenomena” carried in City Press two Sundays back remains incomplete, and the story has to be concluded, writes Pali Lehohla.

Mondli Makhanya: The fly in the ointment

2018-09-16 06:03

With the sunny seasons now upon us, we’ll have to deal with that perennial problem of irritating flies buzzing about, writes Mondli Makhanya.

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