Guest Column

Wilhelm Verwoerd: Reconciliation requires more than 'tea with Madiba'

2019-07-18 05:00 1668 views

If white people profess to remember Mandela warmly, but do this only within our comfort zones, from behind our security walls, what does it say about our commitment to his vision of racial inclusivity, asks Wilhelm Verwoerd.

Fire across the land: The steep price of state failure on land

2019-07-17 08:46 1472 views

Where the state lacks the ability and will to enforce its laws, and surrenders authority to the strongman best placed to press a claim through force, a legitimate land reform programme becomes impossible, writes Terence Corrigan.

Zuma's conspiracy narrative a timely warning against the dangers of paranoia

2019-07-17 05:00 9889 views

In recalling ANC exile history in the context of the state capture commission, it is critical that we do not fall into a similar, if inverted, conspiracy narrative to the one Jacob Zuma is now trying to spin, writes Jeremy Cronin.

Zuma delivers heavy blow to already wounded ANC

2019-07-15 19:31 10409 views

Zuma today has wounded an already fragile ANC. By suggesting that "modern askaris" are behind his downfall, he casts aspersions (and doubts) on a host of current ANC leaders and state apparatchiks, writes Daniel Silke.

Understanding Cape Town's gang problem and why a military crackdown could make things worse

2019-07-14 07:00 7725 views

Cracking down on the Cape Flats could send Cape gangsters packing for Durban. This is not to say that enforcement can't work – only that it is hard to get right, and easy to get wrong, write Simone Haysom and Mark Shaw.

Recover 'blackness' butchered during Zuma years

2019-07-08 05:00 13360 views

We need a conversation by and for black people. It is time to talk openly about racial reasoning, the bedrock of our own debilitating "what-aboutism", writes Songezo Zibi.

Maggots in your mouth? Don't film it

2019-07-07 07:13 4885 views

One wonders what high horse health department officials were riding when they made statements about an incident in which maggots were found in a patient's mouth, writes Kaveel Singh.

Let's dream a dream for South Africa firmly anchored in reality

2019-07-03 05:00 3076 views

In post-apartheid South Africa there has been a tendency to misrecognise the global reality in which we find ourselves, writes Jeremy Cronin.

We need a social pact to secure the farming industry

2019-07-01 11:22 2350 views

Social pacts in agriculture, energy and mining, between business, labour and communities, will be crucial to lift market confidence, growth levels and industrial peace, writes William Gumede.

Forget about leaders, democracy is strengthened when people act together

2019-06-30 07:00 371 views

Democracy's prospects in Africa depend not on finding better leaders but on ensuring that more people can act together to ensure that government serves them, writes Steven Friedman.

SA's foreign policy must prioritise US, Europe and China over Africa

2019-06-24 16:07 584 views

The US, Europe and China must come first when it comes to the pursuit of alliances around the globe. Other regions such as Africa, Russia and Latin America can come second for now, writes Phumlani Majozi.

It's not the willing seller, but the corrupt buyer sabotaging land reform

2019-06-24 09:29 7899 views

The ANC finds itself in the position where much of what it wanted to cover up by blaming the willing seller principle, and calling for expropriation without compensation, has already been exposed, writes Theo de Jager.


Cape Flats Gangland: Come with me down paradise road

2019-07-16 19:12 2131 views

The national anti-gang strategy meant to address gangsterism at a street level and focused on "community development, conflict mediation and changing community norms in order to reduce violence and criminality" is not working – but they must keep on keeping on, writes Selene Brophy.

Durban in chaos: Zandile Gumede supporters continue unabated

2019-07-14 10:42 1706 views

President Ramaphosa will need to bring the fight to Zandile Gumede if he hopes to bring any form of stability to eThekwini and root out Zuma's power, writes Kaveel Singh.

Tanzania continues clampdown with new restrictive laws that undermine development

2019-07-10 09:24 962 views

Tanzania's human rights comes in the form of sweeping new legislation, rushed through its parliament last week, that places new punitive restrictions on civil society organisations and tourism, writes Paul Mulindwa.

Electoral accountability to be discussed now, not right before elections

2019-07-07 07:00 259 views

The need for electoral reform is often brought to the fore just before elections. However, this is problematic as it is impossible to enact the required reform in such a short amount of time, writes Chris Edyegu.

Rise of Jacob Zuma a national reflection of local realities

2019-07-04 08:24 9217 views

Corruption is in part a product of the great expectations of the democratic transition. Redistribution of wealth was an urgent goal, but already at that time there was friction in the ANC on how this should be achieved, writes Christi van der Westhuizen.

It's RET vs white monopoly capital as battle lines are drawn for Ramaphosa

2019-07-02 07:39 6824 views

Regardless of who lets the cat out of the bag, Ramaphosa will be facing tough issues surrounding the perception of his cozy relationship with big business, if it turns out the usual suspects donated to his campaign, writes Kyle Cowan.

Developing a capable state requires commitment

2019-06-30 07:00 990 views

Building a capable developmental state and its government with accountability, honesty and integrity will be the Presidency's focus, writes Jackson Mthembu.

South Africa argues vociferously with itself – and that is a great thing

2019-06-28 05:00 489 views

The contest of ideas in South Africa is vigorous but so often it is about the really big issues – about what you want your country to be, writes Adam McCarthy.

Ramaphosa's loss for words may be a good thing

2019-06-25 15:23 1565 views

Ramaphosa's February SONA outlined crucial plans of action over the course of the year and presumably after he had secured a mandate. This could be why he felt no need to add detail to last week's SONA, writes Shingai Mutizwa-Mangiza.

The US reaffirms its unwavering commitment to Africa and South Africa

2019-06-23 07:00 2006 views

The US has and will continue to invest in people and build partnerships that promote better health, jobs, skills, education, opportunity, and security, writes Tibor Nagy.

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