CHARISMATIC: EFF party Leader Julius Malema 

CONTROVERSIAL:  Cosatu general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi

The Cult of the Big Leader

How important are leaders to South Africa’s politics? Should they be allowed to make or break organisations? Two recent events have thrown up these questions:

Thembelani Tukwayo

Reviving rural towns would help drive to curb poverty

One of the most bewildering things when driving through the Eastern Cape’s many rural towns is the state of disrepair of the roads, the decaying infrastructure, the hopelessness in the eyes of the many poor residents.


University funding needs to change to achieve parity

I must first acknowledge much has been done to transform higher education since the inception of our first democratic government.


Shine a sharp light on red steenbras ‘big picture’

In the article “Missing the big picture on red steenbras catches” (DD, December 10), Jessica Greenstone, a WWF-SA marine fellow at the UCT Marine Research Institute, criticised a court judgment


The fair Cape for whites

Cape Town remains a contentious subject. It stokes racial hostility. Blacks bemoan exclusion, something that whites dismiss as an indication of racial-obsession.


‘The large print giveth, the small print taketh away’

Many people unwittingly void their car warranties by failing to have their cars serviced when they should, but when it comes to add-on warranty policies, there are other “devils” in the fine print.

SON OF OSAMA: AQAP’s Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, a former Osama bin Laden protege in a video claiming responsibility for the Paris attacks

Terror groups unite and rebuild to kill

In the dark world of Islamist terrorism, there is rarely any shortage of people seeking to claim credit for carrying out some appalling atrocity.

A round of grins as education MEC Mandla Makupula and Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle congratulate the top three pupils in the province for the 2014 matric class.picture: STEPHANIE LLOYD

Huge gap between school in settlement and Selborne

IT HAS become a glittering ritual that masks the fault lines of our education system. Every year, the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga parades matric “top achievers”.

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