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Low returns for South Africans who invest in education

2018-01-15 08:00 2071 views

Our policies on retaining talented professionals need serious consideration if we are to retain the people trained in our universities. Failing to retain human talent will keep South Africa poor, writes Herman Mashaba.

Constitutional Court tangled up in racial ideology

2018-01-15 08:00 3516 views

The ConCourt ruling in which AfriForum was refused leave to appeal against the University of the Free State’s English-only language policy shows how deeply the court has become entangled in racial ideology, writes Kallie Kriel.

Land grabs: South Africa's future plight

2018-01-15 08:00 2305 views

In a decade or two, will we be seeing thousands of South African refugees, sitting on the streets in the cities of Zimbabwe, looking for something, anything, to do, asks Fubar Bundy.

Curling up to watch the skeletons

2018-01-14 06:06 531 views

It’s just less than four weeks until the start of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and I have to say, I can’t wait, writes Nicki Gules.

Zuma’s legacy gridlock

2018-01-14 06:06 2866 views

Aren’t spin doctors wonderful? Imagine the ANC talking about “unity” when the self-evident truth is the opposite. The score is tied, writes Chuck Stephens.

Is the ANC Women’s League really feminist?

2018-01-14 06:06 924 views

As the ANC announced the top six in its leadership, I imagined what was going on in the minds of the many ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) ­delegates who had traversed the length and breadth of this country selling their one and only female candidate – Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma – to the broader party ­membership, writes Brenda Madumise.

Let’s not waste free education

2018-01-14 06:06 309 views

You can’t begin to repair the education system from tertiary level. Systematic reconstruction has to begin in Grade 1. Attempting a surgical strike anywhere along the line is a waste of already limited resources, writes Sarah Setlaelo.

Greetings from the 'shithole', Donald

2018-01-12 13:36 33 comments | 10626 views

As a follow up act to Barack Obama "The Don" plays in the same aimless space as the Boswell Wilkie Circus – mildly entertaining at first until you realise the product is deeply flawed, writes Brandon Faber.

Through the looking glass: matric results 2017

2018-01-11 12:03 944 views

There is no way to spin the issue. An honest glare in the mirror is needed lest we fail more young people, writes Zohra Dawood.

Cancel arms deal, questionable SOE procurements to fund free education

2018-01-10 07:16 4337 views

The funding for fee-free higher education can be found if questionable procurements by SOEs, particularly Eskom and Prasa, are set aside, writes Paul Hoffman.

Lessons of hope from Afghanistan in SA's corruption fighting journey

2018-01-09 12:07 1787 views

The appointment of Cyril Ramaphosa at the helm of the ruling party may provide the 'political will' and catalyst for the start of the real fight against corruption in South Africa, with meaningful examples around the world to draw from, writes OUTA's Wayne Duvenage.

A new beginning?

2018-01-07 06:10 1314 views

Ramaphosa must right as many wrongs as he can as soon as possible to ensure the ANC remains the majority party after next year’s elections, writes Mcebisi Ndletyana.

Centralising education will destroy diversity

2018-01-07 06:10 522 views

Government appears to be intent on centralising the public education system, thereby eliminating educational diversity and innovation, writes Martin van Staden.

Cyril must act with boldness

2018-01-07 00:00 1245 views

Ramaphosa seems to possess the temperament, political acumen and support to repel any challenge to his authority in the ANC, writes Tebogo Khaas.


We need a bold leader

2018-01-14 06:06 225 views

To put South Africans first, our next president must be astute enough to manage local elites,as well as the interests of Brics and the West, writes Colin Reddy.

Through a different lens

2018-01-14 06:06 154 views

Using the Trends acronym, Flux Trends provides a glimpse into the key trends for this year across six sectors, writes Dion Chang.

Bending the global moral arc

2018-01-14 06:06 158 views

Martin Luther King Jr’s assertion in 1967 that the moral arc of the universe is long but bends towards justice may be his most well-known quote about the nature of time, writes Jeff Kelly Lowenstein.

Politics of personality

2018-01-14 06:06 375 views

A political party’s history is not enough – its leader must have integrity or people will vote with their feet, writes Yonela Diko.

Mandela and the New Republic - insights from the 2nd volume of his memoir

2018-01-12 10:47 3900 views

Why is it that Mandela seemed to give so little attention to driving change in South Africa while he was president? Was he a sell-out or a coward as some contend, asks Alan Hirsch.

South Africans are trying to decode Ramaphosa (and getting it wrong)

2018-01-10 11:33 5 comments | 11570 views

This is not a man to challenge at chess. He is also not a man who likes to lose. He may well be the only man able to get South Africa out of its looming economic checkmate, writes David Everatt.

Robust property rights the key to tackling the legacy of dispossession

2018-01-10 08:24 389 views

The failure of South Africa’s land reform programme has substantively been the consequence of resistance, both direct and indirect, writes Terence Corrigan.

Let's be honest about fee-free education

2018-01-08 10:26 16314 views

We have a responsibility to be honest about the practicalities of achieving fee-free education, and what it will cost the country, writes Songezo Zibi.

The poet of the people has passed

2018-01-07 06:10 953 views

Comrades, culture stars and poetry lovers around the world were left reeling this week when news broke that Keorapetse Kgositsile had died unexpectedly. Charl Blignaut turns to the younger generation to understand his legacy.

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