Congratulations to the people of South Africa for the strength of your democracy!

2019-05-16 05:00

Whether in Brussels, Pretoria or Berlin, we face many challenges when it comes to elections. Voter participation is a key one; getting young people out to vote in particular. South Africa is no exception, writes Martin Schäfer.

e-Voting: Election fix or hacker's paradise?

2019-05-10 15:50

E-voting could help reduce incidents of double voting and the spoiling of ballot papers, say experts - but there could be serious drawbacks too.

INSIDE LABOUR: Words as weapons and flawed democracy

2019-05-03 11:33

Words have the power to create illusions of reality and can trigger emotional responses rather than encourage critical thought,. They should be used wisely, says Terry Bell.

Ignorance will kill the power of 'We, the people…'

2019-04-25 11:59

Many people who can genuinely represent all South Africans lack the guts to enter politics. They have chosen to sit back and hope that somehow the scoundrels entering politics will fix things up, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Could identity politics be necessary to highlight democracy's shortcomings?

2019-03-31 06:00

Perhaps populism is good to an extent that it creates discomfort that results in the necessary modification of liberal democracy. Even the EFF members would not like to live in a communist society, writes Ralph Mathekga.

INSIDE LABOUR: Democratic lessons to be learned

2019-03-23 10:48

As SA coasts uncomfortably towards the May 8 election, it is time to take stock of where we are and where we may be going, writes Terry Bell.

Lessons from Singapore and Malaysia on fostering racial inclusivity

2019-01-27 15:02

Singapore lifted the largest number of people out of poverty, in an equitable way, which helped provide the glue to a new national identity, writes William Gumede.

An open letter of apology to all South Africans

2019-01-25 12:07

The last 25 years have been a life sentence for the citizens of our democracy. For the role I played, albeit unknowingly, I offer my most profuse apology, writes Herman Mashaba.

Mangosuthu Buthelezi on his legacy: 'I believe in the goodwill of people'

2018-12-16 15:33

More than a year after announcing an intention to retire from politics, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi has still not retired and seemingly waiting for the IFP to constitute a national congress in order to elect a new leader.

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.


SA flag designer dies

2019-05-12 19:29

The Department of Arts and Culture has paid tribute to 79-year-old Fred Brownwell, the man who designed SA's iconic democratic national flag.

South Africa elections are a litmus test of democracy in Africa

2019-05-09 10:18

Having recently taken up a new two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, South Africa should assume its place as a leader in deepening democracy and human rights, writes Webster Zambara.

Growing up with democracy

2019-04-29 11:17

When South Africa held its first democratic elections, I was about to turn 6 years old. A few years later, when my world changed, I got a better idea of what this "new, democratic South Africa" meant to me, writes Mpho Raborife.

Democracy will remain the winner ahead of the IEC 2019 elections

2019-04-23 09:27

Our constitution and three arms of state have held well under severe pressure, more so in the last ten years.

Solidarity is working for the future – a response to Pieter du Toit

2019-03-28 08:56

It is not fair to create a caricature of our movement's policies and views and then shoot it down in flames. We are in favour of a healthy South African and Afrikaans patriotism, writes Flip Buys.

The 7 factors that will shape SA's economy in 2030

2019-02-01 13:18

There are seven factors which will shape the SA economy 10 years from now, says Professor André Roux of Stellenbosch Business School.

The claim that democracy fares better in the West than in Africa is a fallacy

2019-01-25 16:00

More people vote in some African countries than in some in the West. South Africa does more to promote women’s participation than most Western countries.

How a Nazi legal theory is threatening constitutional democracy today

2019-01-18 09:18

The recent revival of a theory that asserts that only the leader can claim to know when the State is threatened and needs an exceptional decision, poses a threat to countries world wide, writes Serjeant at the Bar.

Kganyago: Reserve Bank came under attack, but we survived

2018-12-10 21:05

Receiving his honorary doctorate from Stellenbosch University, Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago slammed those guilty of graft, and stressed the importance of transformation.

Remembering Mandela's version of liberalism - inclusive and diverse

2018-12-05 07:34

South Africans will have to reimagine the possibility of community if they want to live together peacefully in this country, writes Amanda Gouws.

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