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EXTRACT | The Bosasa Billions: Bosasa goes to war

2019-08-18 07:00

Bosasa pulled every po­litical lever at its disposal. After the final SIU report was submitted in 2009, it took the company only a day or two to get its hands on the confidential document.

OPINION: Women the biggest losers in Mashaba's Johannesburg

2019-08-17 09:00

The City of Johannesburg needs a mayor who will not pay lip service when it comes to women empowerment, but provide a clear roadmap for ensuring that more women get opportunities in the City of Johannesburg, writes Loyiso Masuku.

ANALYSIS: 'Inept and negligent' Mkhwebane causing serious damage to her office

2019-08-16 12:29

Inept, negligent and contemptuous of taxpayers. The credibility and reputation of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane was on Thurday dealt another blow when the Gauteng High Court made a personal costs order against her – the second in as many weeks. A parliamentary inquiry cannot be far off.

The coming chaos: Mcebisi Jonas on growth, jobs and the lack of national obsessions

2019-08-16 06:00

It's becoming common cause, but South Africa cannot afford to delay making the big decisions any longer. But, Mcebisi Jonas, who was fired as deputy minister of finance by then president Jacob Zuma during the height of state capture, says it's too early to judge President Cyril Ramaphosa.

ANALYSIS: Quality jobs even harder to come by, research suggests

2019-08-16 06:00

Employment quality on average is the worst for African workers involved in unskilled, informal and elementary occupations in Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo.

 
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OPINION: Cronin attack of Zille virtue signalling at its worst

2019-08-17 07:00

There is no connection between Zille and Zuma. Zille is entitled to have an opinion, and her opinion will carry weight as we see the ANC/SACP marching us further down the road of NDR to perfect communism, writes Sara Gon.

EXTRACT | Zephany: You think you know a person. Especially your own mother, right?

2019-08-16 11:03

Zephany Nurse thought she knew her mother. Until her mother turned out not to be her mother. She, who had always only known herself as one Miché Solomon, was in fact a whole other person altogether.

Daniel Silke: 5 crucial tests for the ANC that could make or break us

2019-08-16 05:00

Despite some internal ANC support for the president, Ramaphosa remains at the helm of a very unstable ship. Over the next few months, there are at least five flashpoints which are likely to test ANC unity to the hilt.

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Disconnect between business and state contributed to Marikana massacre

2019-08-15 17:38

The Marikana massacre, in which 34 striking mineworkers were shot dead by police, was in part sparked by Lonmin's failure to build the 5 500 houses it promised workers, says Ralph Hamann.

ANALYSIS: The battles of the Public Protector: Why the law must win

2019-08-15 18:15

The Public Protector claims to be aware of the value of the law. She has frequently claimed to be fulfilling her constitutional duty of investigating corruption "without fear or favour". Her track record in the courts suggests something else.

Jessie Duarte: Calls for President Ramaphosa to 'come clean' are misplaced and unfair

2019-08-15 12:41

There is no requirement in law that leaders should declare donations made to internal campaigns. It is not correct to impose some kind of standard after the fact, and to do so with respect to only one campaign, writes Jessie Duarte.

OPINION: Ramaphosa faction still dominates the ANC. But the threat of a recall is real

2019-08-15 08:02

It can take a lifetime to build what is destroyed in the blink of an eye. In South Africa's case, that blink was Zuma's second presidential term. Now, the rebuilding effort is getting stuck in the rubble, writes Christi van der Westhuizen.

Mahlatse Mahlase: Setting the record straight on why Sanef took the EFF to court

2019-08-14 15:17

The purpose of our complaint is not to stifle criticism of the media. We believe that the comments by the EFF, Malema and their supporters go beyond fair criticism and constitute hate speech under the Equality Act, writes Mahlatse Mahlase.

OPINION: A red beret all Herman Mashaba needs to complete his look

2019-08-14 08:48

Herman Mashaba has worked hard at crafting a narrative he knows many South Africans would agree with. He paints a story of corruption and capture yet does nothing to show proof for his claims, writes Geoff Makhubo.

New climate change report underscores the need to manage land for the short and long term

2019-08-14 09:26

The challenge, then, is convincing people to use land in ways that do more than maximise short-term benefits. As the most recent IPCC report states, degraded land produces less food and stores less carbon.

OPINION: Mkhwebane is no incompetent

2019-08-13 10:39

The political motivations behind some of the Public Protector's controversial findings seem clear. These should not be seen as failures for Mkhwebane as legal success has seemingly never been high on her list of priorities, writes Hermann Pretorius.

OPINION: Malema is one of our democracy's greatest national security challenges

2019-08-13 05:00

We shouldn't dismiss Julius Malema's persistent and pervasive threats to our nation as a mere irritation. It is conceivable that all his smoke and mirrors are calculated to avoid consequence management, writes Tebogo Khaas.

Adriaan Basson: The cost of Julius Malema's lies

2019-08-12 08:19

Let there be no doubt: Julius Malema and the EFF are on an aggressive path to delegitimise anyone who doesn't agree with them or who threatens to expose their hypocrisy or alleged criminality, writes Adriaan Basson.

A Sanef win against the EFF will be a major blow to media freedom

2019-08-11 22:42

Given that Sanef and the journalists who brought the case against the EFF are active commentating participants in day-to-day politics, do they expect to be immune from blow-back, asks Helen Zille.

Morrison and Mandela: The struggle continues

2019-08-11 20:35

In a moving tribute to Toni Morrison, the American writer who touched the heart of black life across the planet, Manosa Nthunya can’t help but accept that the greater struggle is still very much alive.

Unions a crucial cog in the machine that could help save SOEs

2019-08-11 08:23

Workers must fight to get shares in the SOEs alongside private sector players and the state in a shareholding system that balances the commercial imperative and general wellbeing of the economy, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Beyond the green shoots...don't ignore the red flags

2019-08-11 07:59

South Africa is in a dire state, says Mandy Wiener. President Cyril Ramaphosa and those in his inner circle can’t be oblivious to these red flags dominating the desolate landscape of the country at the moment. What we need now more than ever is strong leadership, beyond dreams of fast trains and hi-tech smart cities.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela: CR17 donors can help Ramaphosa out of the political quagmire

2019-08-16 06:00

The CR17 donors must understand that in the morality index those who rise to power on a clean ticket are judged harsher than those for whom corruption is the norm, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Ferial Haffajee: How NHI will send your taxes rocketing

2019-08-15 14:09

The drafters assume enough fiscal space to tax an additional 3% of GDP and this tax is likely to fall on working South Africans' shoulders, says Ferial Haffajee.

OPINION: Liberalism remains misunderstood, despite evidence of its benefits

2019-08-15 08:51

In virtually every metric, free-market liberalism is more conducive to human prosperity and environmental sustainability, not to mention individual liberty and dignity. So why does it get such a bad rap, asks Martin van Staden.

OPINION: Government taking care of our health? You must be joking

2019-08-14 18:15

In the current context, it takes a brave (read "delusional") government to stand up without a hint of irony or humour in order to state that they will take care of our health, writes Howard Feldman.

How Toni Morrison's legacy plays out in South Africa's universities

2019-08-13 18:30

Toni Morrison is even more relevant in South African universities today than she’s ever been. Race is a topic that’s simultaneously sanitised and amplified in the country’s discourse. Morrison’s determined refusal to shy away from it reverberates across the Atlantic.

Ralph Mathekga: Party Funding Bill a damp squib without regulation of internal party campaigning

2019-08-13 09:02

There is no point in regulating how political parties handle donations if we do not go deeper into how they handle their internal processes – these also need to be standardised, writes Ralph Mathekga.

The tricky business of stopping social media abuse without curbing freedom of expression

2019-08-12 11:43

The invocation of freedom of speech to justify any and every form of expression on social media simply cannot be justified unless we have no interest in the preservation of democracy, writes Serjeant at the Bar.

Hey All Blacks, THIS is how you'll fix your problems

2019-08-12 15:10

The once mighty All Blacks suddenly look a shadow of their former selves less than six weeks until they commence the defence of the Webb Ellis Cup in Japan, writes Garrin Lambley.

OPINION | CSA's clean slate: Bigger worries than Nkwe appointment

2019-08-12 12:07

The appointment of Enoch Nkwe as interim team director is far from the most concerning aspect of the new CSA structure, writes Lloyd Burnard.

Toni Morrison taught us to be unapologetic about racism

2019-08-11 10:00

Toni Morrison constantly reminded us that the real work of racism is to keep black people busy proving they have a history, a language, a heritage, writes Asanda Ngoasheng.

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