At exactly 11am on Tuesday this week a report placed under “strict embargo” was released only to reveal the most devastating news yet on the state of schools in post-apartheid South Africa. The PIRLS (Progress in International Reading and...
One needs to register shock over the Eastern Cape ANC provincial general council (PGC) outcome when a reasonable expectation was for a female deputy president to emerge as part of the CR17 campaign for the ANC presidency – and...
By: Struan Douglas According to the 2015 PwC Outlook report, South Africa’s music market is worth an annual R2-billion. Live music is worth half of that, is growing at 8% and is expected to reach R1.5-billion in 2019. Yet, live...
The verified revelations that human beings are being sold at slave auctions in Libya have shocked the world – as they should. Last week it was reported that the UN-backed Libyan government had launched a formal investigation into the matter,...
I was taken a bit by surprise by the overwhelming response by fellow academics to my last column on the state of undergraduate teaching and learning in our universities. Mostly I was surprised by how academics not only agreed with...
It is only 12 days to go before the ANC national conference starts. The prospect of Cyril Ramaphosa becoming president of the party is giving many of his comrades heart palpitations and loose tummies. The era of patronage and...
“No more sneaky contract rollovers!” That was the intention of the good folk who came up with the Consumer Protection Act (CPA), because so many consumers were unwittingly remaining committed to cellphone and gym contracts because they didn’t read...
Marking World Aids Day this year in the OR Tambo district is particularly poignant coinciding as it does with the 100-year anniversary of the birth of a great son of this soil, Oliver Reginald Tambo. The theme for this year’s...
There's a time to come and a time to go and sadly I feel that the one for going has finally arrived. It’s been a wonderful 32 years working on this column and I hope you have enjoyed reading...
News of the death of 69-year-old Alice-born veteran trade unionist and ANC stalwart Boyce Soci has shocked the Eastern Cape struggle community. “Bra Benz” Soci was a towering figure in the politics of the province at the time when...
As the regime of Robert Mugabe crumbled unexpectedly before our very eyes, I could not help but recall why I left my university in California to do my doctoral fieldwork in rural Zimbabwe about a decade after the end...
By: Mlindi Nhanha Rarely in local government does one see such a drastic turnaround in the management and performance of a city as the people of Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) have seen under the leadership of Mayor Athol Trollip. Since Mayor...
There are two proceedings that have been taking place in South Africa which offer hope. One is the Life Esidimeni arbitration chaired by former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke. The other is the parliamentary inquiry chaired by ANC MP Zukiswa Rantho...
By: Jason Lloyd The image of a 24-year old Jakes Gerwel with “lots of hair” wearing a coat and holding a packet of chips in his hand, one hip propped up against a pillar on the Cape Town station, is...
One of the greatest acts of disservice that we Africans do to our fellow citizens is to keep quiet when our brothers and sisters lose their way. We cast down our eyes and hold our tongues when it is time...
Being well over the hype and drama of Black Friday, this column was going to be about a man whose bakkie was stolen from a dealership. And quite a story it is too, with sobering lessons for the rest of...
It was the British Labour Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, who said, “a week is a very long time in politics”, but the fall of Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s president of 37 years, shows that even one day can be a...
Who do you think will win? This is the question that every political analyst is being asked as the ANC’s elective conference looms ever closer. We ahm‚ hum‚ er‚ ahm again and give long answers to this short and...
By: Peta Thornycroft Zimbabwe's founding president Robert Mugabe resigned after almost four decades of hubris and misrule. His likely successor Emmerson Mnangagwa may, despite his past, be a far better leader for the economy than Mugabe, whose legacy is a...
When you are already writing your sixth book at the age of eight, you deserve to be chosen as one of the top 10 youngest authors in the world. https://soundcloud.com/dispatch_dd/jonathen-jansen-interviews-internationally-recognized-8-year-old-author-michelle-nkamankeng I was privileged to share a speaker’s platform with this...
By: Yunus Momoniat Fikile Mbalula and Julius Malema were accelerators of the decline of democracy within the ANC, and ultimately of the destruction of the party. They have much to answer for, but eschew discursive engagement – one of the...
The news of the humiliating fall of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has been riveting. The tanks rolling into Harare were a sight to see. And, oh, the sacking of Grace Mugabe! These events presented an opportunity for the people of...
Soon after Zimbabwe’s army confined President Robert Mugabe to his palatial Harare home this week – allegedly for his safety – it was announced in Luanda that Angola’s new President, João Lourenço, had relieved Isabel dos Santos of her...
Two major issues have arisen in higher education in the past week. One was the release of the Heher Commission’s “fees report” and the second was the Council for Higher Education’s release of a list determining the status of...
Black Friday is four days away, but in reality the buying bonanza has morphed into Black Week for the growing numbers of South Africans who shop online. Not content with tempting us with a blizzard of supposed bargains on a...
It is so tempting to jump up with joy and ululate with the oppressed people of Zimbabwe. For decades they have been brutalised by the oppressive regime of Robert Mugabe. On Saturday, as millions of jubilant Zimbabweans flooded the streets...
Just as the momentum for the big deal was building, and he had delivered the final constitution, Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he was leaving politics to chart a way forward for black empowerment. The way he told it to me,...
By: David B Moore Nobody is safe from the rages of Zimbabwe’s first lady, “Dr Amai” Grace Mugabe. There was the young SA model Grace lashed with extension cords. President Robert Mugabe’s longtime and usually trusted ally Emmerson Mnangagwa, was next...
You know what’s going on with the weather don’t you! Just go outside and you’ll see. For the past week or so lovely rain has been falling; soft, steady stuff that does farms, rain tanks, gardens and lawns a world...
Bela is driving parents crazy. One source claims that 100 000 parents have signed a petition against the Basic Education Laws Amendment (Bela) Bill recently gazetted by the government. The Bill returns to three key policy controversies that the national...
The term “colour revolution” has recently found its way into South Africa’s political vocabulary. The evocative phrase is increasingly cropping up in government and ruling party speeches. ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has, for instance, claimed that the party is under...
The purchasing of farms by the state for land distribution purposes must from now on include the farm’s equipment and its water rights, according to a directive issued by rural development and land reform minister, Gugile Nkwinti. This is part...
The countless shortfalls of the ANC government, especially during President Jacob Zuma’s tenure are a matter of public record. They have been elaborated on in countless articles in the media over the years. They have been laid out in detail repeatedly...
We have to follow Japan if we want to escape from our backwardness. Upon conquering Egypt in 1798, Napoleon went on to establish his colonial regime accompanied by a large body of highly learned Frenchmen from various branches of knowledge. When...
On July 29 this year Eskom’s now suspended head of legal compliance, Suzanne Daniels, held a meeting with Gupta family ally and aide Salim Essa in Melrose Arch in Johannesburg. Essa then took Daniels to another meeting in an apartment...
We all love a good David and Goliath story; those people who stand up to entities far more powerful than them, at great personal risk and expense, because toeing the line about an injustice is simply unconscionable to them. That’s...
What is the world’s most valuable commodity? Water. Even the world’s most expensive commodities are worth nothing without water. Water is essential for life. Water is difficult to measure, difficult to price and often difficult to charge. That is why...
Why were Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi willing to destroy their careers and reputations in their pursuit of Richard Mdluli’s defence? They humiliated themselves, shamed their profession, broke their oaths and irrevocably damaged the National Prosecuting Authority and the police. Both...
Women and children who are victims of sexual abuse and violence should be protected. We all agree on this. Or do we really? Since 1994, South Africa has signed and ratified a number of key international and regional protocols to address...
South Africa is indeed a wonderful country to live in with hardly a day passing without another drama hitting the headlines. Social media and public discourse is currently abuzz over veteran journalist Jacques Pauw’s book The President’s Keepers: Those Who...
There is speculation that President Jacob Zuma might announce free higher education across the board. Where would the money come from? There is further speculation that he might follow the advice of a future son-in-law and cut departmental budgets to...
Farmers’ interest group AgriSA last week released its own land audit. This filled in a major blank in the land reform and policy field: How many black emerging farmers have bought farms outside government’s land reform programme? We now have...
Given the discouraging news constantly swirling around government it can get quite tough trying to keep hope alive, but then, just as the darkness seems to overwhelm us, a flash of light explodes like a flare in the night...
The pleas of thousands of rural people who made difficult journeys to attend public hearings across the country are largely ignored in the amended version of the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill set to be adopted by the National...
In September of this year, the Western Cape High Court ruled that citizens had a right to request that political parties disclose their private donors. The application brought to an end a longstanding debate on whether funder disclosure would hurt...
The coordinated yet clumsy and moronic attempt last Friday and through the weekend by the State Security Agency and the SA Revenue Services to stop distribution of Jacques Pauw’s explosive new book, The President’s Keepers, tells us several things...
“It exploded, spraying foul smelling, boiling hot oil over my lounge.” That’s not what one expects a new oil heater to do, but that’s what happened in August the second time Muriel Arendze of Melkbosstrand used her Mellerware Nevada 11...
The largest single seizure of more than 105kg of crystal meth (tik) valued at about R70-million in East London last weekend was evidence of the very real and growing presence of drugs in our midst. The appearance in the East...
How likely is it that the ANC’s December elective conference will be postponed? Or could it simply collapse under the weight of legal, political, or logistical difficulties? One expert survey by a leading bank placed the chances of postponement at...
As we approach the ANC elective conference next month quite a number of things are happening. Skeletons (small and not so small) are tumbling out of many cupboards. Some individuals – Dr Makhosi Khoza – have quit the party. Others – Deputy...