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How dropout rates are diminishing education as a human right

2018-03-21 09:00 482 views

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.

Charge health officials implicated in Life Esidimeni tragedy

2018-03-20 10:21 543 views

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 9643 views

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.

How investigative journalists helped turn the tide against corruption

2018-03-19 11:22 3579 views

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.

The skulls of our ancestors

2018-03-18 06:03 939 views

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 1068 views

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

We’ve failed Viwe

2018-03-18 06:03 119 views

November 2016 was the deadline for all schools in the country to build according to the standards and norms the basic education department adopted three years earlier.

Working together to root out racism

2018-03-18 00:00 463 views

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.

Land reform: Empower people, not the state

2018-03-16 13:50 1138 views

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.

Oranje Blanje Blou keeps us anchored in the ugly past

2018-03-16 12:19 2110 views

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.

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

2018-03-15 10:12 854 views

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.

Time to stop squandering human potential and root out racism

2018-03-14 12:02 6167 views

The manifestations of racism steal the headlines. They leave us shocked and perturbed that well into two decades of democracy, such blatant racism still exists. But should we be surprised at all, writes Derek Hanekom.

City of Cape Town betrayed farmers by surrendering Day Zero predictions

2018-03-13 12:28 9 comments | 15072 views

The Day Zero scenario was used as a planning and communications tool and while it may have focused Capetonians’ attention on the drought, the Doomsday prediction was questioned by various water-sector role players, writes Janse Rabie.


Australia has enough racists of its own

2018-03-18 06:03 4860 views

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

Land needs a relationist approach

2018-03-18 06:03 405 views

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 06:03 355 views

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.

We must all be involved in the land debate

2018-03-18 06:03 1267 views

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 06:03 153 views

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.

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

2018-03-16 08:47 462 views

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.

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

2018-03-16 09:00 392 views

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.

Home Affairs' problems are far greater than just the Guptas

2018-03-14 12:17 6543 views

The fallout from Malusi Gigaba awarding citizenship status to the Gupta family is but a small taste of the misery that his department inflicts on thousands of people every year, writes Stefanie de Saude-Darbandi.

Dear Julius, nobody here wants to 'cut the throat of my whiteness'

2018-03-13 16:50 31632 views

It is confounding that you have unilaterally decided to punish the DA, myself, this coalition and the people of Nelson Mandela Bay because we hold a different ideological position to you on land and the colour of my skin, writes Athol Trollip.

4 things that helped us dramatically push back Day Zero

2018-03-12 13:54 5 comments | 9592 views

We are committed to giving honest weekly updates about the water crisis. When circumstances change, we say so, writes Helen Zille.

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