Hit the nail on the head with rental deposit no-nos

Hammering a single nail or hook into the wall of a rented unit, or using Prestick to attach something to it, can cost a...

OPINION: Arduous route to eject Zuma

Removing President Jacob Zuma was never going to be easy. Power has become like oxygen to him; the look on his face when Cyril...

Unity plea tested as some show true colours

The ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and the rest of the top six have ostensibly all been working hard travelling around the country trying to...

Best of Cyril, Mbeki, Zuma rolled into one

Let me say this upfront: it is not a pleasurable prospect to learn from several media reports that the ANC is struggling to get...

‘Inxeba’ has drawn the bigots out – ironically piquing interest in...

Last week I sat in a two-thirds-full cinema in Killarney, Johannesburg, for the premiere of Inxeba (The Wound), where its producer Elias Ribeiro bemoaned...

There’s the CAPS … and then the dangers of SA’s ‘hidden...

It was the late Philip Jackson who gave us the term “hidden curriculum” to describe the things children learn, inside but also outside the...

No time to linger – clock ticking rapidly on SA’s ‘Cyril...

People are calling it the “Cyril dividend”, referring to the surge in positive sentiment and investor confidence unlocked by Cyril Ramaphosa’s election victory at...

Non-profit initiative gives hope as public education system fails

Within education activism circles there is an ongoing debate about how far to support private education in our efforts to see the dream of...

Keep a beady eye on possible rogue debit orders

When last did you check your bank statement, line by line? Not only is that a good way to figure out where you can potentially...

From Walter to OR to Ace

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu once remarked that ANC delegates at elective conferences were mere “voting cattle” used by their leaders. This earned him a...

Passion for excellence

New Eastern Cape Judge-President Selby Mfanelo Mbenenge may be the master of understatement when he says some of the disputes that come before the...

Develop strong sense of own human worth and swat aside racist...

When a white Randburg school teacher was recorded telling black pupils they were “idiots” who did not achieve academically and had “only invented peanut...

Comrades-in-Guptas panicking as heavy stone of justice begins to roll

“I Built my own home. But some say he can’t build such a big home in Nkandla. You must be arrested because you are...

Not entirely a warm welcome home

Yesterday's meeting of the ANC top six officials must’ve surely been an awkward encounter. The meeting takes place weekly but it is likely that this...

The child tied up in our basement

The iconic writer Ursula K le Guin died last week. She was mourned by many the world over. In her story The Ones Who Walk...

Only lifestyle audits for top managers will save Eskom

The clean-up of the few rotten apples on the executive floor of Eskom would be in vain if the utility does not cleanse itself...

Why Afrikaans still has the power to inflame deadly passions in...

By the time the protesters outside Hoërskool Overvaal lobbed a petrol bomb at the police, it was clear that something as simple as a...

Never again must citizens be prey to whims of powerful political...

South Africans welcome the fresh air blowing across the nation following the rise of Cyril Ramaphosa to the ANC presidency. Former crime intelligence head Richard...

Stop ‘cannibalism’ of grant money

The state must stop the cannibalisation of grants by predatory lending. In 2007, I conducted service delivery research on the then young established SA Social...

JUSTICE MALALA: What now for South Africa?

The Jacob Zuma years took South Africa to the very depths of depravity and despair. His ten years at the head of the ANC...

Don’t be misled by labels – devil is in the detail

How label fluent are you? When it comes pack descriptions, knowing the language of the regulations can bag you the most bang for your...

Sleepless in DC: Long and short of the habits of super-achievers

Following Donald Trump’s recent annual medical assessment, his doctor proudly proclaimed the US president had scored perfectly in his cognitive tests and only needed...

Political opportunists breaking down essential cultures of our universities

Look closely. Slowly but surely the academic and organisational cultures of our universities are being broken down in front of our very eyes. This breakdown...

Whole world unites against Trump’s dangerous, irresponsible xenophobia

The global condemnation of Donald Trump’s racist comments concerning his rotten attitude towards countries such as Haiti, El Salvador and African countries is a...

Mabuza and Mashatile entrenching themselves in ANC’s upper echelons

Cyril Ramaphosa is the man of the moment. His image was emblazoned all over East London this week, on flags, banners and advertising boards...

Honouring offer-to-purchase must work both ways

When you’re in the process of buying a car, it’s really important to know the difference between a quote and an offer-to-purchase agreement, which...

OPINION: South Africans are trying to decode Ramaphosa (and getting it...

During the Cold War, a new profession emerged – “Kremlinologists”, a hodge-podge of academics, journalists, other scoundrels, and commentators, who would study every minute...

Revisit skills formation system while rolling out higher education access

The opening of the doors of learning and culture in higher education in South Africa is long overdue. But several questions have been raised since...

Matric data is manipulated again to squeeze out an acceptable outcome

I was delighted to be out of the country and escape the annual freak show of the national Department of Education, also known as...

We need to challenge our attitudes and rewire our thought patterns

The horrific train smash which occurred near Kroonstad is a terrible reminder of the cavalier attitude that too many South African motorists seem to...

Education system has shifted from one form of exclusion to another

The introduction of a no-fee regime for poor students marks a turning point in the post-apartheid higher education landscape. Putting aside the political machinations of...

Cyril on tightrope, must proceed with caution

The ancient Greeks believed the world went round in endless circles, sometimes getting better, then getting worse, then better, then worse again. There is, as...

Small towns reservoirs of vast potential

I grew up in the small town of Alice, did my high schooling in the adjoining small town of Keiskammahoek and then returned to...

Revisit prosecution of economic crimes

In November last year, the news of the anti-corruption drive in Saudi Arabia which led to the arrest of several prominent members of the...

Crucial, hard-learnt lesson of JZ years

South Africans are a truly resilient bunch. That resilience, I suspect stems from their fiercely optimistic attitude towards life. How else can you explain...

‘‘ ’’ The fine line between fascism and democracy

There needs to be an independent judicial inquiry to decide whether threats of violence in Mpumalanga by armed and uniformed members of Umkhonto we...

Urban, employable, rich – ANC’s new breed leader

Here are some facts about Cyril Ramaphosa that may be relevant or decisive as he negotiates the years ahead, first as president of the...

Fear and folly in treasury after Nasrec – who will escape...

Almost as sure as night follows day, President Jacob Zuma will not be delivering the state of the nation address in February. Cyril Ramaphosa’s victory...

Service industries must realise customer is king

In this, my last column of the year, I sat down to write the customary wrap of the year’s big consumer stories: the Ford...

Ramaphosa will rapidly discover truly hard work is about to begin

Cyril Ramaphosa has an enormous task of cleaning the proverbial Augean stables of the ANC. Whether it will be possible for him as he...

ANC’s first order of business is to terminate Zuma’s reign –...

THE election of Cyril Ramaphosa’s election as ANC president has opened a window that was fast closing for the party to retain power in...

TOM EATON: What the ANC needs now is a priest‚ an...

There’s still a whole lot we don’t know. The whereabouts of those 68 votes‚ for example‚ and whether Cyril Ramaphosa will spend the next...

OPINION: End of the end or is it a beginning?

The disastrous tenure of Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma as ANC president has finally come to an end. He leaves behind a divided, decimated and hollowed...

OPINION: Zuma repeatedly shows he lacks African ethic of responsibility

In 2015 I wrote a piece titled Jacob Zuma, the trickster in which I drew parallels between Zuma’s political Machiavellianism and the slippery trickster...

OPINION: Vodacom makes right call on client’s ‘gift’

The moment Charleen van Eeden of Cape Town heard the words “I’m calling from Vodacom ...” on answering a cellphone call, she went into...

You cannot hang around a cesspool and smell of roses

After almost four years of promises, dismal failures to deliver on those promises, lies, and then a spirited defence of those lies, we’re back...

OPINION: China: Mugabe spotlight misses big picture

By: CHRIS ALDEN and COBUS VAN STADEN The fall of Robert Mugabe dominated global coverage of Africa in recent weeks. In Western coverage of the...

OPINION: Change focus to look forwards and master new technologies

What causes a nation to rise or fall is how it thinks about knowledge. Knowledge is either something from the past that needs to...

OPINION: Steinhoff a symptom of SA’s decay

If the massive meltdown at Steinhoff makes one thing clear, it is that ethical conduct is the necessary and essential ingredient for human development...

OPINION: Unity talk in ANC is misleading, dangerous

By: Mashupye Maserumule South Africa is gripped by anxiety laced with anticipation as the much anticipated ANC 54th elective conference draws closer. All the country’s nine provinces...