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The fantasy of Africa Month

2018-05-27 06:02

In the late 1990s, Swaziland’s trade unions called for a general strike to demand democratisation of the autocratic kingdom. The response from the democracy-hungry population was big. Industry came to a standstill.

We need to stop spitting on our legacy

2018-05-27 06:02

We told the world that racism could be overcome, but we are sustaining it instead, writes Mondli Makhanya.

A South Africa at home with the world

2018-05-27 06:02

Having attended both the budget vote of the department of international relations and cooperation and the post-budget vote breakfast in the past week, I can now vouch that South Africa’s once directionless policy is back on track.

Aftermath of abuse: When is it okay to share another's story?

2018-05-27 12:47

It is difficult for most women to speak out about being violated, but if more of us were a little less reticent about getting involved, perhaps fewer lives would be lost.

The state should be custodian of land

2018-05-27 12:47

In February, Parliament resolved on the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF’s) motion to start a process to review and amend the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation, writes Floyd Shivambu.

Do you see how the land lies?

2018-05-27 10:24

A law compliant with the Constitution was never passed to redress the results of past racial discrimination around land ownership, writes Modidima Mannya.

 
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Let's promote democracy on the continent

2018-05-27 06:02

During my days as a student at the University of Swaziland, we celebrated Africa Day on May 25 with pomp and glory.

Book interview: The man who eats words

2018-05-27 13:14

Nthikeng Mohlele has been rising to a revered place among local literary figures. Charl Blignaut sat down with him to talk about his latest novel, Michael K.

Why plants need an identity

2018-05-27 00:00

Plant experts in South Africa have a challenging deadline to meet: gather everything that’s known about the country’s 21 000 indigenous plant species into a formal online record by 2020.

Hoping for better service at home affairs next time

2018-05-27 10:24

Early this month I wrote about my ordeal when I went to renew our sons’ passports.

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Hoping for better service at home affairs next time

2018-05-27 10:24

Early this month I wrote about my ordeal when I went to renew our sons’ passports.

Why Ramaphosa should score an A for his first 100 days

2018-05-25 12:33

Ramaphosa is no saint and we should guard against deifying politicians. But let’s give credit it's due: He has dragged us from the gutter with a clear vision and willingness to do the right thing, writes Adriaan Basson.

Has Trump blown chances for talks with NKorea?

2018-05-25 12:04

President Donald Trump's decision to scrap talks with North Korea is drawing strong criticism and some praise in Washington

See how analysts rate Ramaphosa's first 100 days in office

2018-05-25 07:04

Cyril Ramaphosa has been president of South African for 100 days. Four political analysts gave him a score out of ten on the big issues his presidency had to tackle.

Boks can pick 2 teams of equal strength

2018-05-25 07:57

SA rugby fans can prepare for the most radically innovative Springbok squad when it gets announced on Saturday, writes Mark Keohane.

Why megaprojects to deliver houses might not work

2018-05-24 10:58

Planned megaprojects should be evaluated with respect to their location, total cost to the state and long term sustainability, write Richard Ballard and Margot Rubin.

The Calatas, Cradock… and a crime against humanity

2018-05-23 09:28

The brutal murders of the Cradock Four in 1985 by the apartheid police were a turning point in the struggle against the white racist regime, writes Glenn Bownes.

What caused Willemse walkout? It doesn't even matter anymore ...

2018-05-23 12:10

What happened in the SuperSport studios on Saturday was shocking, but it has sparked a far more important conversation in South Africa, writes Lloyd Burnard.

Under the rug, rugby is still harbouring racists

2018-05-22 13:43

Rugby needs to take a deep look inward (I'm asking for unicorns and fairytales, I know) and look at the apologetic nature in which it deals with racism, casual and brazen, writes Sibusiso Mjikeliso.

Diphetogo – the road to real change in Johannesburg

2018-05-22 15:34

Those who have services want those services to work. Those who do not have the dignity of these services want to see the City of Johannesburg do more than ever before to provide them, writes Herman Mashaba.

Apartheid was a crime against humanity, but 'of a particular kind'

2018-05-22 10:19

The dehumanising subjugation of black people, sustained by government policy that denied them the rights to advance through education, property ownership, and economic participation, is where the real evil lies, writes Frans Cronje.

Forked Lightning: The deadly global scenario on the horizon

2018-05-22 10:24

A second economic crash may be on the cards for different reasons. The scenario is entitled 'Forked Lightning' as lightning usually strikes more than once, writes Clem Sunter.

Don't distort AfriForum's view on apartheid

2018-05-21 13:02

The campaign to have apartheid declared a crime against humanity was driven by communists and dictators who were themselves guilty of gross human rights violations, writes Kallie Kriel.

Let's cry for Palestine

2018-05-20 06:06

Arab-American author Moustafa Bayoumi has decried the language used in his country’s press to describe the killings of Palestinians by Israeli forces, writes Mondli Makhanya.

Diminishing civic activism in black middle class

2018-05-20 06:06

It should be clear by now to anyone who cares to see that AfriForum is nothing more than a fringe right-wing pressure group that is getting more media attention than it actually deserves. As a result, it sets the agenda for our national discourse, writes Makhosini Nkosi.

ANC's march to a new dawn

2018-05-20 06:06

The current leadership has correctly adopted an attitude to defeat any form of factionalism and divisions in the movement, writes Eddy Funyufunyu.

EDITORIAL: Looting must stop now

2018-05-27 12:47

If the latest municipal audit outcomes are not worrying President Cyril Ramaphosa, we are in deep trouble.

Ramaphosa's big challenge to turn early wins into long-term success

2018-05-25 09:04

Ramaphosa needs to demonstrate that he understands people's concerns. People must not be made to wait for "thuma mina" while they are told things will be fine in the long run, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Time for the youth to take Africa!

2018-05-25 10:30

Africa is a continent experiencing a youth bulge which, if harnessed positively, can become its greatest asset and ally in realising the 2063 agenda, writes Stanley Henkeman.

Siyaphakama! This is a call to the youth to rise

2018-05-23 15:55

Our young people who deem themselves young leaders need to step up, shape up and possess critical thinking skills to address the myriad of challenges facing young people across the country, writes Luyolo Mphithi.

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.

Why school governing bodies are the key to better education

2018-05-24 07:28

The current failure of South African schooling to prepare our children to be productive and happy citizens is one of the biggest failures of post-apartheid South Africa, writes Marius Roodt.

Gerrie Nel: Out of the reputational frying pan into the fire

2018-05-23 06:01

Only Gerrie Nel himself can come out of the shadows and salvage his reputation by distancing himself from AfriForum while he still can, says Solly Moeng .

On the 'stand-off' between Nick Mallett and Ashwin Willemse

2018-05-22 08:25

Heindrich Wyngaard reminds us that Saturday's 'stand-off' between Nick Mallett and Ashwin Willemse wasn't the first occasion the pair have clashed on air.

Urban land reform plan could be an easy win for Ramaphosa

2018-05-22 08:43

Stilling the urban land hunger is actually something the Ramaphosa government can do relatively easily. It should, of course, have been done many years ago, writes Max du Preez.

May Ashwin Willemse's stand finally break the camel's back

2018-05-21 18:49

I stand on the side of those who've had enough of the sport that we love being held to ransom by those who think rugby is their birth right; the guys who believe that anyone who is not white wants to steal this right, writes Brenden Ruiter.

How ANC and traditional leaders are holding the people to ransom

2018-05-21 08:22

It is not government that is held to ransom by traditional authorities, but rather some of the village communities under traditional leadership authorities, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Beware the surveillance state

2018-05-20 06:06

With her latest book, academic Jane Duncan makes a valuable contribution to the study of surveillance in SA, especially in light of the pending Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill. In this extract, she argues that Rica is an imperfect check on interception abuses by the state.

We're bound together by spilt blood

2018-05-20 06:06

Politically motivated killings are nothing new in SA, but we must not forget the children left behind, writes Nomboniso Gasa.

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