Guest Column

William Bird: The upside of 'fake news'

2018-10-18 09:14

The problem with the term “fake news” doesn’t mean we don’t have a democracy-threatening problem. It just means we need to be more specific about what it is we are dealing with, writes William Bird.

The problem with being a net importer of wheat

2018-10-17 16:21 306 views

These are tough times for Africa – the shocks will be felt in terms of potential wheat price increases and this could remain the case until the continent improves its wheat production capacity, writes Wandile Sihlobo.

ANCYL fails to understand the needs of the youth

2018-10-16 13:43 804 views

Moving forward, the ANCYL needs leaders who are thinkers and who are able to analyse the political landscape in the country, as we seem to be inward-looking at the moment, writes Rebone Tau.

Trauma and the unhealed scars of South Africa

2018-10-15 11:55 3001 views

For many young people, the past is the present and can never be forgotten until fully addressed. How then can we have a socially cohesive society when we continue to ignore issues of redress, writes Wandile Ngcaweni.

Staying true to a national vision

2018-10-14 06:00 416 views

This tightening noose of material deprivation has heightened levels of anxiety and desperation. As a nation, we will have to regroup, and avoid the short-termism of the first two decades of democracy, writes Jan Hofmeyr.

Ramaphosa's Jobs Summit 'lipstick on a pig'

2018-10-12 18:00 2178 views

No matter how much President Cyril Ramaphosa dresses up his approach to the jobs crisis, it doesn't change the reality, writes Mmusi Maimane.

The betrayal of the struggle: ANC, EFF and VBS Bank

2018-10-12 07:23 19240 views

Black political leadership today does not fulfil the mandate of the struggle for liberation. It has abused and continues to abuse its power for self-gratification, writes Mfesane Siboto.

Taking hands to fight illegal wildlife trade

2018-10-11 08:13 195 views

Illegal wildlife trade is one of the greatest threats faced by species globally. In South Africa, nothing makes this point clearer than the rhino poaching we have experienced, writes Ashleigh Dore.

Distrust and recession: Can Mboweni level the playing field?

2018-10-11 08:01 1083 views

Revelations made against Nhlanhla Nene robbed him of the one essential commodity he needed to execute his functions as Minister of Finance: trust, writes Hlumelo Biko.

Nene must take us into his confidence

2018-10-09 06:00 4353 views

The sudden fall from grace of finance minister Nhlanhla Nene reveals something about the inherent weaknesses in mediatised politics, writes Ongama Mtimka.

Social cohesion is a political issue

2018-10-07 08:59 627 views

Calls for social cohesion are a product of a society that seems at pains with bringing into existence a common solidarity towards one another. But it is futile without an effective state, writes Lukhona Mnguni.

Government waging tax war on citizens with fuel price

2018-10-05 14:08 2589 views

There may be nothing we can do about the oil price, but there is plenty we could do immediately to reduce the tax on fuel, writes Mmusi Maimane.


Exposing the puppet masters behind the Sunday Times scandal

2018-10-16 12:11 12 comments | 15367 views

We need to expose the hidden hand that played Stephan Hofstatter and his colleagues at the Sunday Times. This was not just sloppy reporting. This was manufactured journalism meant to disinform, writes Jacques Pauw.

We don't have a food crisis, we have a food waste crisis

2018-10-16 10:10 825 views

A radical transformation of the food processing industry is required, starting with c-suite capitalists getting out of their comfort zones and embracing the ability to imagine the meal of the future, writes Roy Henderson.

Lessons from Zimbabwe's failed land reforms

2018-10-14 10:00 5008 views

Zimbabwe's failed populist-based land reform is a salutary lesson for South Africa on how land reform must be pragmatic and safe-guard commercial agriculture, writes William Gumede.

Mathews Phosa: The enigma that was Pik Botha

2018-10-14 06:00 5824 views

Pik Botha was never far from controversy. Among those who knew him, many felt he thrived on the challenge of difficult debates, stirring up hornet's nests as he went, writes Mathews Phosa.

Is pooled funding the answer for municipalities?

2018-10-12 09:07 300 views

Pooled financing is a financing mechanism wherein our metros can jointly access public and private capital markets at advantageous borrowing terms, writes Rabelani Dagada.

What SA can do to aid the fight against climate change

2018-10-11 10:21 268 views

The moment of truth has come. How the new report by leading climate scientists about Paris goals relates to South Africa's electricity plan, writes Andree Boehling.

The Nene case: An ethical mixed bag

2018-10-11 05:00 1960 views

The case of Nhlanhla Nene is a reminder that we need to apply more nuance in our assessment of ethical failures. This is something that does not come naturally where binary thinking reigns supreme, writes Deon Rossouw.

Nene's demise illustrates havoc Zuma sowed in civil service

2018-10-10 05:00 7567 views

Many public servants have had their careers cut short by the nefarious deeds foisted upon them by political principals. As more skeletons tumble out of the closet, more will find their careers prematurely terminated, writes Thembinkosi Gcoyi.

The Dros rape and the history of race and rape in SA

2018-10-08 12:35 9269 views

Something interesting is going on when Black Land First and White Nation – the polar opposites of each other – can both condemn the alleged Dros rapist's behaviour with disgust, writes Lisa Vetten.

Cape Town's transport crisis is costing the economy

2018-10-07 08:00 1022 views

With South Africa continuing to battle economic headwinds, and desperate to create jobs and socio-economic upliftment, it is important to not lose sight of the economic importance of transportation, writes Ryan Ravens.

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