ANALYSIS | 5 talking points from the SONA debate

2020-02-23 12:43

The debate on President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address has made headlines for all the wrong reasons. But there have been some points of interest.

Ronald Lamola | Minority cannot govern the majority through anarchy

2020-02-20 13:22

We are continuing to avail resources for law enforcement agencies to pursue the perpetrators and beneficiaries of corruption and state capture, writes Ronald Lamola.

Mbhazima Shilowa: It's up to the Budget to provide hope after diabolical SONA

2020-02-20 06:00

Insofar as the SONA focuses on broad issues, it is cold comfort for those in Giyani, Metsimaholo, Polokwane who have no water because there has been no investment in infrastructure, writes Mbhazima Shilowa.

Melanie Verwoerd: The EFF, Marike de Klerk and years of parliamentary chaos

2020-02-19 06:00

Let me be clear, I am not a fan of FW de Klerk. Never was, never will be. He also does not like me. I know it, because he has told me so. Something to do with being a sell-out, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Mamphela Ramphele: Existential threat from climate change presents a historic opportunity

2020-02-18 10:07

Our country has an opportunity to develop a national holistic climate emergency plan that would provide a platform for transformative development programmes that would promote prosperity for all, writes Mamphela Ramphele.

Wilhelm Verwoerd | FW de Klerk saga: facing the dehumanisation of apartheid

2020-02-18 02:41

It is about learning to not follow the lead of people like FW De Klerk, by insisting from a place of racialised comfort that "it is time to move on, to stop talking about apartheid", writes

OPINION: More broken promises and unmet plans by Ramaphosa will not deliver the country we need

2020-02-17 14:16

Ramaphosa has little room to manoeuvre, it’s true. But without bold leadership at this juncture, South Africa is on the road to nowhere, writes Athol Williams.

Adriaan Basson: De Klerk and Malema’s gift to Ramaphosa

2020-02-17 06:03

Malema desperately tried to show that by inviting him to the SONA, the ANC had endorsed his views about apartheid. This is nonsense, writes Adriaan Basson.

OPINION: Thursday night was a sign that we are a nation in trouble

2020-02-16 07:06

People given responsibility do not take their work seriously, and we have seen this attitude emerge and take root for some time now, writes Fidel Hadebe.


OPINION | Misogyny: real state of our nation exposed by male MPs and their cheerleaders

2020-02-20 15:11

It is in the crucial moments of shame, which punctuated the ceremony and the proceedings of the SONA and its subsequent debate, that the true state of our nation was revealed, writes Tinyiko Maluleke.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela | Parliament: a place where the 'best' is ordinary and crudeness passes for debate

2020-02-20 10:51

Self-serving politicians are there for the perks. They have no regard for what matters to ordinary people: jobs, safety, health and dignity and so on, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Bleak future for young people if Ramaphosa can't deliver on his promises

2020-02-19 17:37

With the working class resorting to online vouchers for groceries and the poor eating less bread than before, is it not impractical for the president to expect ordinary citizens to tighten their belts when MPs, Ministers and government officials' well-fed bellies belie the trouble the economy is in?

OPINION: Don't tell me I can't comment on the EFF, I will not stay in my lane

2020-02-19 14:01

Imagine what would have happened in South Africa, if, prior to 1994, those who were told to do so, listened. It is unimaginable, writes Howard Feldman.

OPINION | Ramaphosa dodges critical decisions, raising the question: is he a lame duck?

2020-02-18 11:58

The State of the Nation Address showed, once again, Ramaphosa’s proclivity to avoid tackling contentious issues, writes Mcebisi Ndletyana.

Mandy Wiener: A country waiting for Ramaphosa - SONA was a reflection of real state of the nation

2020-02-18 05:41

They're so busy trying to keep the unions on-side, keep business confident and not tip the other half of the ANC off the edge, that leading the country is a precarious balancing act, writes Mandy Wiener.

Ralph Mathekga: FW de Klerk debacle further exposes the ANC's moral decline

2020-02-18 02:29

It is not by accident that the decline of the moral stature of the ANC to lead society seems to coincide with increased racial tension, writes Ralph Mathekga.

OPINION: Ramaphosa must rebuild trust In the public service

2020-02-17 13:29

What does it say to all of us to see on the benches of Parliament men and women whose names are tracked all over the Zondo commission, continuing to be our public representatives? writes Mbongiseni Buthelezi.

Adriaan Basson: De Klerk and Malema’s gift to Ramaphosa

2020-02-17 06:00

Malema desperately tried to show that by inviting him to the SONA, the ANC had endorsed his views about apartheid. This is nonsense, writes Adriaan Basson.

South Africans may get free data every day, and surf sites like Wikipedia for free, if Ramaphosa gets his way

2020-02-14 15:50

These proposals are currently under negotiation between the Competition Commission and large mobile operators like Vodacom and MTN.

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