Initiate deaths should be totally preventable

ONCE again our rite of passage, initiation, a cultural practice that dates back hundreds if not thousands of years, has been plagued by catastrophe....

Mogoeng break-in sets stage for wide clamp on freedoms

We do not know who broke into Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s offices. We are unlikely to know because most crimes of this nature go unsolved...

Real reasons behind war in South Sudan

LITTLE more than two years since declaring independence, South Sudan is now in what can only be described as a civil war. Right now...

#FeesMustFall and JZ – two readers, two views

Dear Mr President, I am a 20-years-old born and raised in the Eastern Cape. I have never been to varsity nor have I ever been...

Recreated in whiteness

The most depressing feature of the black girls’ hair issue is not the mean spirited attack on white school authorities nor the spineless silence...

Not what you signed up for? You’re not a-loan

If there was one habit I could convince consumers to cultivate it would be this: ignore the large print, and make it your mission...

Leaving firms to their own devices on claims bad call

It occurred to me the other day that a lot of my working life is spent essentially suggesting to companies that they pay back...

PREMIER’S PERSPECTIVE: Act to save youth from drugs

Substance abuse is killing our society and the future of our country. The link between substance abuse and violence cannot be underestimated. Police Minister Fikile...

Walk away when free product is offered

Strolling through a shopping centre last week, there he was; a man wearing black and a come-hither smile, holding out a sachet and inviting...

‘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...

Consumers trying to get a handle on wrap rage

Is it really that hard to design a carrying mechanism for a six-pack of long-life milk that won’t rip apart before you can get...

Historical myopia blinds our judgment

AM I the only person who does not like Winnie Madikizela- Mandela? This is a question that I am forced to ask periodically when,...

Follow tradition for unity

THE debate around the ANC’s June provincial congress is an interesting one as it is among friendly forces that have worked together over years...

Seven ways to change mind-sets

The mind boggles. Three pupils from a Pietermaritzburg high school hold up posters advertising a political party. One of the posters says something about getting...

OPINION: Politics of politicking often proves hollow simplistic ideological rhetoric

Given the fortunes of post-independence Africa, perhaps the great Pan-Africanist and first president of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah was naive when he said “Seek ye...

Hope from Phosa, Jonas and CC

The action taken by the Competition Commission against rogue traders in three of our banks after investigators found evidence of collusion to manipulate currency...

OPINION: Classroom habits that would drive most SA teachers completely...

What is it like to teach inside an American classroom? We started with two students in the class. Then another one slinked in. “What’s happening?” Ten...

School infrastructure the base

People are the most important element of our province, much more than its structures or natural resources. And education is the most important element...

‘Old men’ of Zim won’t bring change

It is so tempting to jump up with joy and ululate with the oppressed people of Zimbabwe. For decades they have been brutalised by...

A mystifying gummy goo

AMONG the perils of peanut butter, I find, are its sickly smell and the sticky sensation it creates in the mouth. An almost full...

Blade and cabinet communists may soon find that baby, it’s cold...

Times are tough. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is not the only one who might lose his job. Apparently the entire communist contingent in the...

Economic illiterati wreak havoc

In one fell swoop President Jacob Zuma has destroyed 14 months of collaborative effort to avoid a sovereign ratings downgrade, demonstrated that a celebrated...

Wield collaboration and grow a credible economy

East London’s struggling IDZ, it’s universities and the stagnant city centre are seemingly disconnected, but significant events have happened in recent weeks that link them. The...

Gender parity must consider difference

In recent weeks many people were shocked to read that the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) refused an application of a judge sitting in Mthatha...

OPINION: Be clear on or stay clear of Sapo ‘clearance fee’

Until recently, if you bought a small item from a foreign-based online shopping site – an item of costume jewellery, for example – you’d...

Insight: Time to demand change in state of EC education

NATIONAL Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has spoken of the “tremendous improvement” that has occurred in the Eastern Cape education department and announced...

Spirit of ubuntu has diminished significantly in this democracy which once...

Barack Obama’s victory in the 2008 American presidential elections engendered thoughts of a post-racial America among quite a number of Americans. When SA attained...

Time for independent candidates to be heard

This year’s local government election presented a myriad reasons and opportunities for us, the citizens, to go out in large numbers and vote for...

Take a shot at noble dream of splitting arrows – not...

The man in the green hood steadies his heartbeat and tests the breeze one last time. He isn’t looking at the distant target or at his...

OPINION: Land bill dissolves power of rural people

The pleas of thousands of rural people who made difficult journeys to attend public hearings across the country are largely ignored in the amended...

Our sense of worth is reflected in our actions

WHAT will people say? This was an important rebuking question the elders would ask us whenever we, the children, misbehaved. It was an appeal for...

So-called ‘coloured’ debate

TO CALL Ray Hartle a racist would be the cheap way to shut down the debate on racism. Reading his opinion pieces on racism,...

July 16: Bigoted response provides no proper answers

I HAD hoped for an argumentative reaction to my “diatribe” – Vukile Pokwana’s word, “So-called ‘coloured’ debate”, DD July 3 – on the ANC’s...

What prompts crime, really?

The video showing the execution of a suspected robber in Krugersdorp might be graphic, but it has brought some important issues to the fore. I...

Grandchildren: what pleasure

FOR those who have them, grandchildren are precious little people. . .well, in small doses that is. We love ours dearly, enjoy having them to...

Zuma’s ‘African way’ is at odds with AU’s vision

South Africans are mobilising against what they see as an inherently corrupt president. The international community has also joined in the clarion call for...

OPINION: Dear OR, we deeply regret ANC losing plot

I have no guides to ask how you are, given the enormity of the challenges confronting the ANC. Nonetheless I thought it appropriate to...

Shattering myth that race doesn’t matter

A spectre is haunting the University of Cape Town. The spectre of “dissent”. This spectre has not appeared out of thin air. It is...

Soft-shoe backtrack to mollify Cosatu reveals flawed process

The cabinet’s decision to delay the implementation of aspects of the Taxation Laws Amendment Act is in part a move to appease ANC ally,...

Castro’s indelible imprint on Africa

The death of long-time Cuban ruler Fidel Castro last month led to tributes for the larger-than-life revolutionary leader from across Africa. From the African...

Young and alone behind bars

Prisons are filled to the brim with youthful offenders who have committed all kinds of crimes – from the mere theft of infant powdered...

Life happier in early days

IAM not old. It’s just that I have been young for longer than most people. That is what official life expectancy statistics tell me....

At what point will ANC stop defending Zuma

THE speculation about whether President Jacob Zuma would finish his second term started long before the May general election. Most of it centred on the...

Zuma should get taste of own recall medicine

On SEPTEMBER 22 2008, ANC president Jacob Zuma shocked the country when he announced the decision of the party’s national executive committee to recall...

How Zuma responds to Nkandla report is crucial

PUBLIC Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on the security upgrades at Nkandla is a potentially defining moment in South Africa’s democratic journey. It is also...

Nation still waiting on job-creation promises

When South African voters elected President Jacob Zuma into office in 2009 and again in 2014, many expected an acceleration in the implementation of...

OPINION: When the law is an ass

Redi Tlhabi’s book on Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo – best known until now as Khwezi, President Jacob Zuma’s rape accuser – not only returns her...

OPINION: Now let Nxasana fix NSFAS

THE appointment of a businessman of high repute like Sizwe Nxazana as chairman of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will be widely...

It pays to be clued up and play your CPA trump...

Five years on, I’ve come to the sad conclusion that for most consumers, the Consumer Protection Act may as well not exist, because they...

Zuma’s ‘second deputy’ process flawed

The ANC held an historic national policy conference over five days in Johannesburg which assumed the posture of a consultative assembly. The outcomes were...