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Why Pravin Gordhan is wrong about Eskom

2018-12-11 12:38

I've got full faith that Cyril Ramaphosa and Pravin Gordhan are fixing what's broken, but they should take responsibility for mistakes they are partially responsible for, writes James de Villiers.

New Expropriation Bill will end a year of needless turmoil around land

2018-12-11 08:31

The ANC allowed a whole year of destabilisation of the agricultural sector and undermining of Brand SA purely because it didn't want to be seen to be outdone by the EFF, writes Max du Preez.

Contestation should be over parameters not the instrument of expropriation without compensation

2018-12-11 06:01

From a pragmatic sense, including a provision for expropriation without compensation in Section 25 should be "harmless" if the spirit of the section is kept as it is currently, writes Ongama Mtimka.

Want to support Ramaphosa's reform agenda? Vote DA

2018-12-10 14:19

Having spent the past three weekends (averaging eight hours a day) on a selection panel, interviewing candidates for the DA's Western Cape election lists, Helen Zille writes on these crucial processes.

Human rights 70 years on: Important victories as well as major misses

2018-12-10 11:47

Numerous human rights principles adopted during the last 70 years might not have the effects we would like to see. But they have not been in vain, writes Henning Melber.

Vacation clubs: No to self-regulation, yes to shorter contracts

2018-12-10 13:48

Consumers who were looking forward to the report into vacation clubs feel cheated. It doesn't solve their problems, instead making recommendations for the future, says Ina Opperman.

 
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SA's Constitution embodies the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

2018-12-10 20:00

As we commemorate Human Rights Day, our pledge and commitment should be premised on the pursuit to make rights practically realisable for all peoples, writes Ndivhuwo Mabaya.

Load shedding might shed the ANC votes

2018-12-10 11:30

There is no more visible reminder of governance inefficiencies than when the lights go out. It is a catalyst for the re-emergence of deep discontent at failed SOEs, writes Daniel Silke.

Ramaphosa just washed his hands of the corrupt politically connected

2018-12-10 08:24

When confronted with the common political dilemma of having to consider pleas from the politically connected, Ramaphosa has washed his hands by appointing the most likely independent prosecutor, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Gender-based violence: Show us your action plan, Mr President

2018-12-10 09:01

President Ramaphosa made a call to South Africans to become champions of the fight against GBV and to see this as the beginning of the journey to resolving this problem. We're ready, Mr President. Are you? asks Jennifer Wells.

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Your role in child safety

2018-12-09 10:00

Whether or not you're a parent, the future of our country depends on our children and so the onus is upon every responsible citizen to help make South Africa a safe nation for them, writes Eric Motau.

Alex Boraine refused to leave politics to politicians

2018-12-09 06:00

To some he was a 'white liberal' and to some supporters of the National Party an astute boer antagonist. To many Alex Boraine was somewhere between an idealist and an agitator, writes Charles Villa-Vicencio.

Whether it's Good, Bad or Ugly, you gotta fight for your right to party

2018-12-07 11:48

With Patricia de Lille forming a new party called Good, and a group called Gatvol Capetonians also wanting to compete in next year's elections, a battle between the Good and the Gatvol is now a real prospect, writes Glenn Bownes.

Structural problems in the NPA could trip up Batohi

2018-12-07 06:00

The NPA after almost a decade of "capture" is a hollowed-out version falling far short of its constitutional and legislative goals. The appointment of a new NDPP is but the first step towards regaining its credibility, writes Phephelaphi Dube.

You are a fraud, Mr Malema, says historian

2018-12-06 12:43

You are a con, Mr Malema, and the tragedy is that there are people who fall for your vile and populace drivel, writes Robin Binckes.

We should all be Iman Rappetti

2018-12-06 09:23

When Iman Rappetti stood up to Given Mkhari and Johann Rupert during the Chairman's Conversation at her own expense she did what others in the room failed to do, writes Tshidi Madia.

Rupert schooled in the art of talking but not listening

2018-12-05 20:33

The interview with Johann Rupert encapsulated what many South African citizens feel: everyone talks and shouts. The other side awaits their chance to respond. But no-one listens, writes Charlene Naidoo.

Madiba embraced a selfless struggle with little hope of reward

2018-12-05 14:14

In remembering five years since Nelson Mandela's passing we celebrate the lessons he taught all of us; he embraced the values of selfless struggle with little of hope of reward, writes Mandla Mandela.

10 top priorities in new NDPP Shamila Batohi's inbox

2018-12-04 15:43

President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed advocate Shamila Batohi as the new Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP). Here are ten top priorities that she should tackle.

Land: Public participation does not mean everyone's views can prevail

2018-12-03 13:52

In assessing whether Parliament facilitated a public participation process, the standard is one of reasonableness, and what is reasonable will depend on the particular facts, writes Elmien du Plessis.

E-tolls: A 5-year debacle without purpose

2018-12-03 09:29

Could it be that recent hints of some sort of amnesty to those with massive e-toll bills are another desperate attempt to breathe life into the defunct scheme? asks Wayne Duvenage.

To be free, Africa must be liberated from its liberators

2018-12-02 08:00

Our project, in the DA, is unprecedented. We're trying to build a strong centre – a political home for all South Africans, regardless of race or language, writes Mmusi Maimane.

Preparing the next generation of teachers for SA's realities

2018-12-09 09:00

Education does not function in a social vacuum, and prospective teachers need to be cognisant of the broader issues that relate to the lives of their learners, writes Maureen Robinson.

Vodacom: 55 million customers and zero cojones

2018-12-09 06:00

Vodacom: 55 million customers in 32 African companies, total assets of R96.5 billion – and zero cojones, writes Sara Gon.

The pressure is on for Shamila Batohi: Why the NPA cannot afford a false dawn

2018-12-07 06:00

Shamila Batohi is the final piece in the puzzle required to start the process of rehabilitating the country's criminal justice system. We cannot afford her appointment to be a false dawn, writes Mandy Wiener.

How Johann Rupert's charm offensive backfired

2018-12-06 15:17

Johann Rupert's interview seems to have been an attempt to speak directly to a demographic that he feels has misunderstood him. But it went horribly wrong.

Rupert's interview provides hard lessons for those willing to take them

2018-12-06 10:41

South Africans have a choice: either they dismiss the "condescending" Rupert (who is he, after all, to tell black people what to do with their hard-earned creditworthiness?) or take the hard lesson, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Seeing through the Global Citizen facade

2018-12-06 08:02

Strategic interventions from individuals and institutions in our society are important but the government must be cautious of outsourcing its responsibilities, writes Mcebo Dlamini.

Looking in the light for things lost in the dark

2018-12-05 16:42

When the ANC incorrectly demands Israel retreat from Gaza there is a bigger story that the media chooses to ignore, writes Howard Feldman.

Degrees for MPs? What arrogant nonsense!

2018-12-05 07:56

There is absolutely no correlation between those who are good and conscientious servants of the people who elected them, and university degrees, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Shamila Batohi gets the hardest job in the republic

2018-12-04 20:00

Competing interests, political smokescreens and power struggles all come into play in our volatile political environment, where ANC battles have had such a corrosive effect on South Africa's institutions. Shamila Batohi has her work cut out for her.

Responsible media think deeply about their role in society

2018-12-04 08:24

Nobody has a natural right to have their utterances broadcast raw into people's homes. It's the job of journalists and editors to decide who and what should be covered as news and with what prominence, writes Max du Preez.

Will De Lille's 'Good' be good enough for voters?

2018-12-03 08:31

Here is a veteran of South African politics who realised that there is nothing good about our politics at the moment. Can she make South Africa good again? asks Ralph Mathekga.

Why memories of the TRC still ache

2018-12-03 11:40

It's 20 years since the submission of the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was a court-like restorative justice body that sought to reveal human rights abuses under apartheid, writes Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela.

The West exported homophobia, not homosexuality

2018-12-02 12:00

Historical evidence dispels the notion that LGBT people as well as alternative gender expressions and identities are alien to African culture, writes Gerbrandt van Heerden.

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