TEA FOR TWO: Workers busy in the fields at the Magwa Tea Plantation. Acres and acres of land are covered by Camilia Senensis plants. The plantation was started more than 30 years ago, it stretches for about1800 hectares making the biggest tea plantation in the Southern Hemisphere. The estate employs 1200 permanent and 2300 seasonal workers. Picture: LULAMILE FENI

Tea estates’R200m+ flaws

The two bankrupt tea estates, Magwa and Majola, are a legacy of the former Transkei homeland’s agricultural schemes.


ICT initiative drives quest for knowledge economy

We are at the cusp of human advancement where research, development and innovation as well as information technology (ICT) are at the forefront of global economic growth.


Combating Ebola is more complex than finding cure

ONCE in a while in human history there is an infectious disease outbreak. To a larger extent, through effective healthcare interventions, we find ways to contain or to cure humankind from such diseases.

Mxolisi Nxasana

Trust eroded and crucial institutions paralysed

THERE are signs of widespread erosion of trust in decision-making in key institutions. Last week the granting of medical parole came into the spotlight. The only person convicted of murdering Anni Dewani – Xolile Mngeni – died in prison.

Paul Mashatile

Repositioning a troubled ANC

A MONTH ago Gauteng members of the ANC held their provincial conference as usual every fourth year, but there was nothing usual about the 12th conference.

Winnie Madikizela Mandela and Graca Machel) Funeral service of the Late Former President Nelson Mandela

Mama Winnie’s rights and customs of AbaThembu

According to the Daily Dispatch of October 16, Chief Daludumo Mtirara stated that the Mandela  family was  shocked when Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela had worn mourning clothes during a cleansing ceremony (following Madiba’s passing) but they kept quiet because they did not want to embarrass her as an elderly woman.


Dice loaded against black actors and filmmakers

The imminent screening of the new look Generations TV series, which has been off the air since its producer fired the cast last month, should sound an ominous knell for every black creative in South Africa.

A woman carrying her child on her back walks past Holomisa Squatter Camp where about 300 shacks were destroyed on Thursday. Most of the thousand residents were already rebuilding their homes with the scraps of zinc and wood remaining. Picture ALAN EASON 09/08/13  ©DAILY DISPATCH

20 years on, bad roads keep rural poor shackled

Twenty years after South Africa gained freedom and democracy, the question is whether this freedom is for the urban population only or is it for both rural and urban populations?

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