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Democracy's been captured - we need a new vision for change

2017-12-14 14:15 836 views

As we move into the centenary of Madiba's birth, a year which we hope will provide the inspiration and impetus for change, we hark back to Madiba's fighting spirit for justice, writes Sello Hatang.

Will a robot be doing your job by 2030?

2017-12-14 10:22 200 views

With advances in robotics and artificial intelligence entering an exponential phase, every-day jobs performed by billions of human beings are on the brink of being replaced by technology, writes Robert Traydon.

Cyril Ramaphosa will drag us all down the drain

2017-12-14 09:42 61 comments | 29060 views

In Cyril Ramaphosa, we have a dangerous individual who seeks to take control of our country now downgraded to junk status, because of its rent-seeking politicians, writes Herman Mashaba.

How state capture fuels corporate corruption

2017-12-12 09:20 3 comments | 2130 views

Corruption is corruption, is corruption. It's no different if it takes place in the private or public sector. But where politicians are implicated, prosecutions seem to dry up, writes Wayne Duvenage.

Malema's dilemma: to be Mandela or Mugabe?

2017-12-08 08:36 14 comments | 8800 views

Julius Malema is one of South Africa's most contentious leaders. However, people should be slow to write him off as a political extremist. The fact is, Malema is at a crossroads, writes Robert J. Traydon.

Why our judges need to stop sending people to prison

2017-12-07 12:38 16 comments | 2092 views

A year after the High Court ordered government to reduce overcrowding at Pollsmoor Remand Facility, judicial officers need to start thinking about alternative sentences to imprisonment, writes Nabeelah Mia.

Open letter to the next president: We need a grand plan for literacy

2017-12-06 09:59 700 views

Eight out of ten children in the country can't read and there has been no improvement in reading outcomes since 2011, write Nic Spaull and David Carel.

#ANCVotes: Ramaphosa wins nominations – but battle not over

2017-12-05 11:35

Cyril Ramaphosa leads the nominations for the ANC presidency, after all 9 provinces completed their provincial general councils, writes Mahlatse Gallens.

On my radar: Woke to wide awake

2017-12-03 01:06 1491 views

We all thought that 2016 was a particularly punishing year. So much so that, when it eventually came to an end, people named it “the year we don’t talk about” on social media, writes Dion Chang.


Women need our love and support - now more than ever

2017-12-11 08:47 245 views

Rape is a traumatic experience and we have read about many cases where the victims block it out completely. When a woman does come out, we shouldn't act like a mob that condemns her, writes Mbuyiselo Botha.

The vote in a moment of crisis

2017-12-10 06:09 351 views

As the ANC goes to its conference, it is clear that the party is in trouble. The dark cloud that hangs over the movement has prompted cynics to predict the imminent demise of the ANC, writes Thami Ntenteni.

#Declassified: Apartheid Profits - ties to Tel Aviv

2017-12-07 15:37 1655 views

In the 19th article in the series, 'Declassified: Apartheid Profits', we explore the close ties between the highly militarised pariah states of Israel and apartheid South Africa.

Zuma's plans transcend the numbers

2017-12-07 10:47 8658 views

If a cat has nine lives, Zuma is political life itself – one of the shrewdest politicians of our time. This is the only thing that gives the Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma faction hope for a victory, writes Lukhona Mnguni.

Our children growing up in violence, leads to a violent future

2017-12-05 12:38 344 views

There are about 18.5 million children in South Africa. A recent report estimates that between 20% – 34% of them experience some form of contact violence before the age of 18, writes Carolin Gomulia.

History explains why South Africans on the left argue for free passes for the rich

2017-12-05 10:30 2816 views

The South African oddity is that those who in other societies would be arguing against free passes for the affluent, here argue for them, writes Steven Friedman.

Violence in schools is a public health risk

2017-12-03 06:01 188 views

For a few weeks in August, I was haunted by a video showing a girl in a blue school uniform being hit to the floor and then kicked in the back and in the head, writes Panyaza Lesufi.

A lack of data perpetuates neglect

2017-12-03 06:01 132 views

Talks about mining communities have become common, but most of these are poorly informed as they hardly reflect the voices of the people themselves, writes Dipuo Seema.

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