Melanie Verwoerd

Melanie Verwoerd: Why #ImStaying in South Africa

2019-10-16 05:00

Despite what it may look like, the quality of life for most people who are able to emigrate deteriorates significantly. Unless you are stinking rich in dollar terms you will have to cut back dramatically, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Melanie Verwoerd: My f*k, DA!

2019-10-09 08:35

Despite Maimane's insistence after the elections that he would be safe in his position as leader of the DA, it was clear as daylight that his days were numbered. The blue hyenas have started circling, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Melanie Verwoerd: A priest, the potato famine and an emotional rugby match

2019-10-02 08:29

It was a day the Irish would never forget – much like the match in 1978 when Munster beat the All Blacks (there is a play that still runs today about that match), writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Melanie Verwoerd: South Africa's biggest problem isn't what you think it is

2019-09-18 08:41

The earth is rapidly warming up. As extreme weather events continue, we will see an increase in refugees and migrants – especially into places like South Africa, which would increase xenophobic sentiments, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Melanie Verwoerd: We are losing our soul

2019-09-04 11:43

Watching these scenes over the last few days and hearing the pain and anxiety of our African brothers and sisters I felt, for the first time since 1994, ashamed of calling myself a South African, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Melanie Verwoerd: CR17 accusations – A dangerous race to the bottom

2019-08-20 22:29

Instead of dealing with the issues plaguing the country such as unemployment, service delivery and the various SOE meltdowns, the politicians are like a pack of hyenas tearing this country apart, writes Melanie Verwoerd.



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Melanie Verwoerd: Biggy going big is no laughing matter

2019-09-25 07:00

If we truly want to put a stop to gender-based violence, we need to fight every little bit of patriarchy that humiliates, insults, objectifies and minimises the status, agency, and worth of women, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Melanie Verwoerd: Are we judging President Ramaphosa too harshly?

2019-09-11 09:25

There were totally unrealistic expectations as to what he could have done after becoming president. Ramaphosa inherited a gigantic mess. Yet somehow, many people thought Ramaphosa was going to be a cross between Madiba’s magic and Thabo Mbeki’s Mr Delivery and thus, we were going to see a massive change very quickly, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Melanie Verwoerd: Why white South Africans can't be silent about the old flag

2019-08-28 08:43

No matter how hard anyone tries to give an alternative interpretation to the old flag, nothing can wash away the indelible stain of institutionalised racism upon which the "Union of South Africa" was built, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

The very real dangers of social media: Why we should rather delete than forward

2019-08-07 05:15

Having to deal with political and other news daily, I'm painfully aware of the frequency of fake news on social media. The problem is that people seem to trust these "reports" more than the mainstream media, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

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Much ado about nothing around Derek Hanekom

2019-07-31 05:00

In 2017 there was a constant buzz about a possible breakaway party being formed if the Zuma faction won at the Nasrec conference. Everyone was debating the possibility, not just Derek Hanekom, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Parliament must act against brazen EFF bullying

2019-07-17 08:09

As with any institution, abiding by the rules should be a precondition of membership. Perhaps it is time to change the law so that once MPs have broken too many rules they lose their seats, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Mr President, should we not rather sweat the small stuff?

2019-06-26 08:02

Before we build a new city, should we not perhaps first fix the potholes in our roads and get the traffic lights in Johannesburg to work, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Tiananmen Square 30 years on: SA has a lot to be thankful for

2019-06-05 17:00

In the early hours tanks rolled towards the square. The students tried to block the entrance. A stand-off pursued. Then the tanks fired, mowing down row after row of students, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

10 points of advice for new MPs

2019-05-22 05:00

Speak out when things go wrong. The oath you will make today is to serve the country and its people – not your political party. Honour that, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

What the difference between 60% and 55% of the vote will mean for Ramaphosa

2019-04-10 09:03

While it is not easy to oust a sitting ANC president outside of the party's national conference held every five years, it is possible. The question is: Can the Zuma-ites do it, asks Melanie Verwoerd.

Will politicians play by the rules this election? It doesn't look like it

2019-03-27 08:03

Guarding the hard-fought for and fragile democratic process is far more important than the outcome of that process, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Mkhwebane contradicts herself and makes no sense in Bosasa report

2019-07-24 05:00

According to the Public Protector by becoming president, Ramaphosa benefitted from his campaign and thus was under an obligation to declare every single donor. This seems totally bizarre, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

What performance will the secretary general really monitor?

2019-07-03 08:15

Ace Magashule will not be checking if ANC MPs are in their constituencies or attending the committee meetings. Instead, he will be checking if MPs are consistently pushing through ANC resolutions, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Why Ramaphosa can't remove Magashule

2019-06-12 05:00

Any step against Ace Magashule would have to be carefully considered by the broader collective in the ANC NEC and NWC, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Mabuza delivers fatal blow to ANC integrity commission

2019-05-29 06:00

Why did David Mabuza choose to wait until the day of the swearing in of MPs to announce that he was going to clear his name? If he had acted immediately he would've had more than a month to clear his name, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Will the ANC's election result keep Ramaphosa safe?

2019-05-10 10:12

The ANC has pulled off another election victory. But the big question is what the outcome will mean for President Cyril Ramaphosa and whether it will be good enough to keep him safe within the ANC, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

The ANC list could hold real danger for Ramaphosa post elections

2019-04-03 08:21

As the ANC list stands at the moment, Ramaphosa will face a hostile caucus when Parliament returns after the elections with about 53% of the top 120 being former Zuma-ites, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

My f*k, ANC!

2019-03-20 05:00

The central message from the president is that there is a new sheriff in town who will not tolerate any corruption. The problem is that this is starting to sound pretty hollow, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

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