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Mixed success for Ramaphosa on 3-country investment drive

2018-07-19 09:05

President Cyril Ramaphosa has returned home, after a punishing visit to three countries in three days, with billions of dollars in pledges. But it has also been a hard lesson in diplomacy, writes Mahlatse Mahlase.

ANC fires heist suspect, but still employs 'tax-in-transit' kingpins

2018-07-19 08:57

Luthuli House, the ANC's headquarters, did a marvellous job this week. It fired one of its employees implicated in cash-in-transit heists, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Who gets to mess with Mandela?

2018-07-18 16:05

For years Nelson Mandela has been safe and solid ground. South Africans across the racial and religious divide loved him and looked up to him. But his legacy is no longer a holy cow, writes Howard Feldman.

You are either a democrat or not. Decide today

2018-07-18 12:52

On this Mandela Day, with Obama's words still ringing loudly in our ears, each of us should take a hard look in the mirror and decide whether you are a democrat or not, writes Adriaan Basson.

Mumps, a little girl and a colonel: How Madiba taught us to sweat the small stuff

2018-07-18 07:00

We can't all be big leaders, but every one of us has immense capacity to be kind and compassionate. Perhaps this is the lesson we should all embrace as we remember our Madiba today on his 100th birthday, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

10 quotes from Obama's Mandela lecture

2018-07-17 17:20

Former US president Barack Obama painted a grim picture of global events during his Nelson Mandela lecture, but said he believes in 'Mandela's vision', and that there is hope.

 
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'I did not have a magic wand' - Mandela in '93

2018-07-18 16:02

As the world celebrates the Mandela centenary and arguments are raised about his legacy, it seems appropriate to look to his first published views about himself, the negotiations process and the role of the ANC.

Nurture new Nelson Mandelas - a challenge for universities

2018-07-18 10:24

In this year of the centenary celebrations of Madiba and of SU, universities are challenged to provide the country, continent and the world with graduates who espouse Mandela’s logic, ethos and pathos, writes Nico Koopman.

Ending the Mandela 'sell-out' debate

2018-07-17 12:28

In recent times, we have seen many defiantly supporting former president Jacob Zuma. Yet, there has been little outcry or a firm stance that Madiba's is a formidable legacy that must be propelled and not torn apart, writes Shakira Choonara.

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Ending the Mandela 'sell-out' debate

2018-07-17 12:28

In recent times, we have seen many defiantly supporting former president Jacob Zuma. Yet, there has been little outcry or a firm stance that Madiba's is a formidable legacy that must be propelled and not torn apart, writes Shakira Choonara.

Stormers top brass reward mediocrity

2018-07-19 09:30

Mark Keohane believes Robbie Fleck should depart as Stormers coach but doesn't expect the union's bosses to oblige.

Barack Obama: an enduring legacy for advocates of democracy in Africa?

2018-07-16 18:54

Obama no longer holds office but his voice is bound to resonate, especially when his leadership traits are compared with the reckless, bigoted and uniformed actions of his successor, writes John Stremlau.

Obama - an antithesis of Mandela's values

2018-07-16 09:59

As South Africans, we are ashamed that the war mongering human rights abuser Barack Obama has been called upon to honour Nelson Mandela, write Aayesha Soni and Ebrahim Fakir.

Where is she now? We catch up with Tafelberg Nonfiction Award inaugural winner Maria Phalime

2018-07-15 06:01

Entries for the City Press Tafelberg Nonfiction Award are now open. Avantika Seeth caught up with the inaugural winner, Maria Phalime, who penned the true story Postmortem: the Doctor Who Walker Away.

Brace for more pain: Price increases push poor to cut back on food purchases

2018-07-15 06:01

Increases in VAT, and the prices of petrol and electricity, will push poor households to cut back even more on their food purchases, writes Sizwe Sama Yende.

Fear and loathing in a Joburg gym

2018-07-15 10:15

As everyone else is at work, I spend Mondays at the gym, during the day, which is when retirees go there, writes Timothy Molobi.

The lethal Obama's big SA welcome

2018-07-15 00:00

South Africans are to welcome former US president Barack Obama to the country. He will be celebrated because he is one of us – he is black, an African, a son of the soil, writes Ishmail Lagardien.

Affirming Sobukwe's legacy is imperative

2018-07-15 12:02

The apartheid government feared Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe so much that they extended his imprisonment despite his having completed his three-year jail term for the pass laws defiance campaign in 1960, writes Benzi Ka-Soko.

Cape Town's children - a generation at gang gunpoint

2018-07-13 07:00

There is a serial killer called gangsterism in Cape Town and it is robbing society's most innocent – babies and children – of their right to safety, writes Caryn Dolley.

Bad news for the country – and disturbing for its future

2018-07-12 15:45

South Africa trudges into the future with no relief from the grotesque bifurcation of our society: one part secure in its rights and property (albeit under threat in this respect), the other excluded from it, writes Terrence Corrigan.

Bill Clinton: Mandela's life proof we can be inclusive without losing our identity

2018-07-12 06:00

Nelson Mandela’s life remains a rebuke to that kind of thinking. He showed that you can embrace and be proud of your identity but still be part of a larger community where what we have in common matters most, writes Bill Clinton.

Theresa May has survived Chequers – but what comes next could be worse

2018-07-11 16:57

Tory backbenchers are feeling much aggrieved over the recent turn of events in the Brexit process. With multiple options available to them, the question for them is whether ousting prime minister Theresa May will result in any kind of better outcome.

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.

Ramaphosa, SARS and possible future coalitions: 3 books that'll bring you up to speed about SA's future

2018-07-10 18:30

These three books will bring you up to speed about South African politics and where we might be headed.

Obama and active citizenship: Why his Mandela address matters

2018-07-17 10:26

The 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture therefore marks the first time many people will get the opportunity to witness Obama speaking, sans any current political position or known political aspirations, writes Aaron X Smith.

Patience is key as Ramaphosa works through Zuma destruction

2018-07-17 08:11

After nine years of undermining the Constitution, we are moving to a restoration of accountability, of the rule of law, of a professional and efficient criminal justice system, writes Max du Preez.

Not 'weakness', but lack of set agenda that's undermining Ramaphosa

2018-07-16 08:46

Expectations for Cyril Ramaphosa's presidency have crashed much quicker than was the case even with Jacob Zuma, writes Ralph Mathekga.

How KPMG and McKinsey tanked their reputations in a year

2018-07-16 06:00

PR experts believe that, whatever the extent of a brand's crisis, you can recover if you handle it correctly. Both KPMG and McKinsey failed - something social media capitalised on, writes Tonya Khoury.

End of Cyril’s honeymoon?

2018-07-15 06:01

Every presidency enjoys a limited honeymoon. For some, it lasts longer than others. Sometimes it ends with a thud, sometimes it’s a little gentler, writes Mondli Makhanya.

Separate the wheat from the chaff on land debate

2018-07-15 06:01

Identifying the essence of the land debate in SA is crucial if the objectives of meaningful transformation and redress are to be achieved, writes Joel Netshitenzhe.

Why the heroes and villains dichotomy?

2018-07-15 10:15

We must celebrate all our heroes instead of worshipping one at the expense of the other because this leads to dangerous ‘sellout’ narratives, writes Oyama Mabandla.

Farewell to Max Price from a political adversary

2018-07-15 12:02

How do I say farewell to Max Price, a leader I fundamentally disagreed with politically – on how best to decolonise and transform our university – for all of his tenure, asks Chumani Maxwele.

Humanitarian in appearance, inhumane in reality

2018-07-15 12:02

What was once a progressive system recognised worldwide now pays only lip service to human rights, writes Claire van den Heever.

Mamphela Ramphele: Up to us to make Mandela’s mindshift and complete inclusive transition

2018-07-13 06:00

Our country’s prosperity depends on transforming our economy to enhance the contributions of all citizens. An inclusive economy requires foundations of redress of the unjust land and property regimes of the past that persist to date, writes Mamphela Ramphele.

Zuma has himself to blame for harsh treatment of his children

2018-07-12 09:01

Jacob Zuma was recently quoted blaming the media for its "harsh" reporting that could have worsened the illness that eventually claimed the life of his son Vusi. When will he learn to take full responsibility for his actions, asks Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

The pressures of turning 50 - to climb a mountain or not

2018-07-11 18:30

I am a few weeks short of turning 50 and am finding myself to be in a flat-out panic. I cannot for the life of me reconcile myself to being fifty years old, writes Howard Feldman.

No, bra Max, the EFF is not falling apart under pressure

2018-07-11 11:01

From its inception, the EFF was already under pressure; under pressure from itself because it had to prove that it was not going to be another failed political project, writes Patrick Sindane.

George Bizos: 'Greece is the mother of democracy and South Africa, its youngest daughter'

2018-07-11 10:17

I would visit Nelson often and we would eat together at the waxed dining-room table in the silent house. It was sometimes painful to witness the solitude of this warm and generous family man, writes George Bizos.

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