The rainbow nation 2.0

2018-09-23 11:59

In 2018 employing two languages interchangeably in conversation is common practice, at least for most South African millennials I know. This phenomenon is referred to as code-mixing or code-switching, writes Lerato Sibanda.

The missing link in our transformation process

2018-08-28 05:00

We have grossly underestimated the impact of the legacy of colonial conquest and apartheid on our capacity to reinvent ourselves as citizens of a democratic just society, writes Mamphela Ramphele.

Turning and turning, can Cyril hold the centre?

2018-08-13 06:01

To make South Africa work, President Cyril Ramaphosa is going to have to draw a line in the sand, admit to the challenges and failures, and how we got here. Most importantly, he's going to have to hold the centre of the ANC.

On the road back to Mandela's progressive values

2018-07-24 08:21

South Africa has regressed into an erosion of democracy, cheap populist politics, a culture of entitlement, ethnic nationalism, polarisation and intolerance. We need to find our way back, writes Max du Preez.

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.

Masters of our own destiny

2018-07-08 00:00

South Africa was privileged to have been blessed with a leader of the brilliance of Nelson Mandela, writes Mathews Phosa.

Push back against nascent fascism, SA

2018-06-20 06:01

For the sake of the country we love, right-thinking South Africans must hold hands from across historic divides and push back against nascent fascism, writes Solly Moeng.

Guarding our freedoms

2018-06-17 06:09

In the 1990s, as free societies were taking root in post-communist eastern Europe, Poland was a poster child for democratic change, writes Mondli Makhanya.

EFF's racism threatens the democratic state

2018-06-12 07:59

The EFF's obsession with racial classification and ascribing values and roles to each racial category reminds me a lot of my childhood in rural Free State in the Sixties, writes Max du Preez.

Dlamini-Zuma: SA needs credible stats for better life for all

2018-05-10 05:59

Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has told Parliament how Statistics South Africa intends to use its R2.2bn budget for 2018/19.


In Myanmar, economic opportunity and a renewed commitment to democracy are on the horizon if leader Aung San Suu Kyi wants them

2018-09-19 08:05

She has two options: she can stay quiet to appease the nation’s military leadership, or she can step in and urge the president to pardon two Reuters reporters.

How China is changing democracy in Africa

2018-08-23 15:03

Many African leaders are increasingly using China's example of having development without democracy, to argue that Africa can forego democracy in pursuing growth, writes William Gumede.

SA's democracy faces a major threat, and nobody is talking about it

2018-07-30 08:56

The topic of the impending collapse of municipalities has moved to the bottom of priorities in the national discourse, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Rainbow nation was a pipe dream

2018-07-22 10:10

I still remember my days at kindergarten very well. It was a time when one did not even know there were differences between white and black people, writes Muano Liphadzi.

The new is not yet born

2018-07-08 05:55

The Ramaphosa-led government will succeed only if it goes back to the drawing board and looks at the fundamental issue of statecraft, writes Nomboniso Gasa.

Vigilance is the price of sustaining democracy

2018-06-24 06:20

Although Zuma is gone, we must keep investigative journalism alive, writes Tawana Kupe.

Democracy did not solve everything

2018-06-17 10:09

One of the prevailing anthems of the US civil rights movement – To be young, gifted and black – was written in 1969 by Nina Simone and Weldon Irvine, writes Sarah Setlaelo.

Changes in the south of Africa

2018-06-17 00:01

The promise of peace, democracy and prosperity in most of southern Africa has proved to be elusive, or, at best, short-lived, writes Moeletsi Mbeki.

Inside Labour: Austerity, democracy and wishful thinking

2018-06-08 06:01

Many unions are facing falling membership following squabbles and splits, claims of corruption, or lack of democracy. The labour movement is in crisis - weaker than it has been for years, writes Terry Bell.

South Africa's freedom journey shows 1994 was merely a starting point

2018-04-30 08:26

One of the most endearing, or exasperating, things about South Africa is that citizens want to keep on believing in the 1994 dream, come hell or high water, writes Susan Booysen.

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