Melanie Verwoerd

It is possible to be part of a plastic free world

2018-09-19 08:16

It is true that every one of us can make a huge difference and supermarkets will change if enough of us protest and complain about the unnecessary use of plastic, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

'AfriForum is taking us to the edge of the abyss'

2018-09-12 09:44

It is not the ANC or EFF that is bringing this country to the edge of the abyss, it is organisations such as AfriForum, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

How imminent is an amendment to the Bill of Rights?

2018-09-05 07:58

Although an amendment to the Constitution, and particularly the Bill of Rights, should not be taken lightly, a carefully considered clarification of Section 25 would give more certainty to this issue, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Gugulethu's story and how it gives hope for Africa's wildlife

2018-08-22 08:35

For three days Gugulethu took us around the game reserve and out on the Zambezi river. His passion for the animals was infectious as was his wide smile and deep laugh, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Is it time to panic about land expropriation?

2018-08-01 10:45

With its inability to control the public narrative on land, the populist pressure (in an election year) became too much for the ANC and thus we saw the announcement last night, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

The 'big 4' issues that scare investors

2018-07-11 08:51

Despite steady progress by Cyril Ramaphosa, the disappointment is palpable among investors that more has not been done, writes Melanie Verwoerd.



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Surviving the pre-election chaos

2018-08-29 08:17

It is important that the election is held as soon as possible. The time before an election is a very challenging time, particularly for a country like ours, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

The king and Kallie Kriel: Strange (and dangerous) bed fellows

2018-08-08 08:49

There is an emoticon depicting a person with a hand over his/her face as a sign of exasperation. Last week it illustrated perfectly how I felt when I read that AfriForum is now in cahoots with King Goodwill Zwelithini, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Why the crooks will fail to get rid of Ramaphosa

2018-07-25 08:18

Politicians have a responsibility to help nations create and define their collective identity. Why is this important? Because collective identity holds enormous power, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Why the DA should admit defeat and move on

2018-07-04 09:07

One really has to wonder when the DA will realise that it is time to admit defeat in the Patricia de Lille matter and move on, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

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The dangers of 'us vs them' creeping into political rhetoric

2018-06-27 08:38

We are fast moving into a phase where "otherness" is again becoming part of our political narrative. We must guard against this, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Let's pray... How Zuma could use the churches to bring down Ramaphosa

2018-06-13 08:03

A move by the Zuma camp to quietly support the formation of a political party by some of the indigenous churches could challenge Cyril Ramaphosa for the Presidency, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Racism: you know it when you feel it

2018-05-30 07:47

When someone says, "I feel patronised" or "that is racist" we need react in a manner that shows some humility, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

If you want to make money appoint more women

2018-05-16 08:01

If you want to improve your profits – get more women into senior positions. It seems that "leaning in" is not only important for the advancement of women's rights, but it makes financial sense, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Time for white people to say: 'not in my name'

2018-05-02 08:08

It is not good enough to march when we think Jacob Zuma is a bad president, but when whites do evil things assume our fellow citizens know that we are against it and therefore stay quiet, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

The politics of grief

2018-04-18 08:11

When you lose someone you love, it is as if your emotional skin is torn off and therefore the insults do so much more damage, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Bizarre political theatre surrounds Ma Winnie's death

2018-04-04 08:19

I have learnt through painful experience how opportunistic people can be around a famous person's death. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's death was never going to be any different, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Minister's head should roll over pit latrine deaths

2018-03-22 08:03

The truth is that the will was never there to replace pit latrines. We live in a country where little children drown in faeces at school and the minister remains in her position with yet more empty promises, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Social media is making us mean and intolerant. Why I've never been on it

2018-06-20 09:11

Even the most hardened journalist or commentator will struggle with a level of self-censorship when they write after reading hateful comments about them, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

The nightmare 'land' situation we must avoid at all cost

2018-06-06 07:45

Very little scares me and certainly and very little in politics fazes me. But during the president’s budget vote in Parliament there was an incident with the EFF that frightened me, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

4 myths about land expropriation that must be bust

2018-05-23 08:24

It is important to carefully note what the ANC has been saying, both publicly and in their internal documents about land reform, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Upcoming ANC provincial conferences key to Ramaphosa's survival

2018-05-09 07:04

The extent to which Cyril Ramaphosa is able to get control of his own party will determine whether he will remain in control of the ANC and government. Several factors stand in his way, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

AfriForum vs EFF: Who has most to gain?

2018-04-25 09:05

It will not end well for AfriForum and by extension, those who they claim to represent, because the only winners will be Julius Malema and the EFF, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

ANC is pushing for early elections, but it's not as simple as that

2018-03-28 10:25

Despite denials from ANC secretary general Ace Magashule, it seems that the ANC is still considering the possibility of an early election. This is, however, easier said than done, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

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