The Wild Coast can be exciting, but it can also be dull. Sometimes the fish bite. Other times they don’t. But if you love the Transkei coast as I do, along with many, many others, you’ll return again and...
I read both Afrikaans and English newspapers. You might as well be reading two different countries when it comes to death.  In the past few weeks, the Afrikaans papers have led with horrific stories of farm deaths including hours of...
BY: Raymond Suttner Every time one thinks we have heard the worst about President Jacob Zuma and his acolytes or fraudsters or gangster associates more emerges, as with the extracts from Jacques Pauw’s book, The President’s Keepers. We literally have Glen...
If only we could learn from each and every misdeed we have committed as a country, we could become perhaps one of the foremost modern economies of our time. If our mistakes as a nation were to serve as points...
Tabling the 2017-18 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) last week the Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba noted that gross national debt is projected to reach 61% of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2022, with debt-service costs approaching 15%...
As the throngs of soccer-lovers filed through the turnstile into the Sisa Dukashe Stadium on Sunday, a little boy stood alone at the gate. He had no ticket to get in. He could not have been older than 10...
Last Wednesday the Economic Freedom Fighters once again protested loudly and walked out of parliament. They said Malusi Gigaba, President Jacob Zuma’s finance minister, had no right to address parliament. EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu was forthright: “South Africa is in...
Until recently, if you bought a small item from a foreign-based online shopping site – an item of costume jewellery, for example – you’d find a compact padded envelope in your postbox. Not any more – the SA Post Office...
There is what we call bush-mechanic mentality. When you take your car to a bush mechanic, he often asks you if you have taken your car to another bush mechanic before. Should your reply be in the affirmative, he...
“Looking out from my home, the site of it (Engeli Mountain) commanded a wide view of the terrain as it swept from the vicinity of my home and stretched away as far as the eye could see. The Engeli...
I have no guides to ask how you are, given the enormity of the challenges confronting the ANC. Nonetheless I thought it appropriate to write to you on the occasion of your centenary celebrations. Commemorating your life and times requires...
Remember the row in September 2004 when the then CEO of Anglo American, Tony Trahar, during a Financial Times interview, gave what he thought was a charitable answer to a question about political risk in South Africa? Trahar said he...
The last time I saw such energy in a room was in a hell-fire-and-brimstone Pentecostal church service. One youngster after another came to the front of the packed room to tell the audience how powerful learning in the maritime...
The integrity of the ANC’s electoral commission and the issue of rigging of elections will be one of the items taking centre stage at the party’s elective conference in December. This election in two months’ time is set to be...
This past weekend’s Sunday Times front page lead story “Putin’s hand in cabinet reshuffle”, was highly disturbing. Not in our darkest nightmare did we ever dream our country would find itself in a situation where a foreign government apparently dictates...
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 first the political kingdom and all else shall follow”. You see, sometimes one gets the sense...
Can an airline prohibit you from drinking alcohol on board, other than that sold by them? I asked that question of Nic Vlok, acting CEO of Mango Airlines, recently, after spotting a “you may only drink alcohol purchased on...
Ahead of Tuesday's release South Africa’s annual crime statistics by the SA Police Service on Tuesday‚ Corruption Watch and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) say the high crime rate is being fuelled by political interference‚ which undermines professional...
Redi Tlhabi’s book on Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo – best known until now as Khwezi, President Jacob Zuma’s rape accuser – not only returns her identity, but questions society’s attitudes and aspects of the judicial system. Tlhabi effectively puts SA on...
After Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, Archbishop Desmond Tutu became one of his informal political and personal counsellors, who supported, admonished or otherwise expressed strong opinions on matters both national and domestic, both great and small: when to suspend...

OPINION: Competition is normal

This week we reported that minibus taxi operators stoned a bus in Butterworth, demanding it stop operating along that route. In doing so they damaged the first black-owned national bus liner, African People Mover (APM) which they accused of...
“WHAT do you want to be when you grow up?” We were all asked this question a few years after starting school or even before. When I was growing up, prominent jobs were those of doctors, teachers, nurses and police...
Let's have a bit of fun today with a few limericks. Many of you will know what a limerick is and how it is constructed, others won’t, so let me tell you: A limerick is described as a humorous...
The strengthening of the relative land rights programme – introduced in 2014 by land reform maestro Minister Gugile Nkwinti – has shifted to a higher gear with more than 100 farmers indicating their interest in taking part in this...
At what point does a leader overplay his or her hand? Michael Blumenthal, a Jew who fled Hitler’s Germany as a boy and later became secretary of the US treasury under President Jimmy Carter, tackles this question in his...
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 the land back. The boys are immaculately dressed in the school outfit, ties and blazers to...
The article “Sisulu takes aim at Mantashe” (DD, October 16) refers. The time for the ANC presidency to change from being male dominant to giving a woman a chance should not be viewed from a narrow perspective. Some have already...
Dear South Africans, we need to acknowledge that we face a deep crisis as a nation. Sure, we have faced many crises before. We have faced ones of divided groups, nations, tribes, kingdoms and so forth – very often as...
It is now broadly accepted that tourism is vital to the Eastern Cape’s economic fortunes and is one of the priority sectors with significant potential to create jobs in our skills-scarce economy, develop rural communities and provide sizeable opportunities...
President Jacob Zuma and the African National Congress leadership are becoming really, really exhausting. First, in many self-respecting democracies anywhere in the world (there aren’t that many of those left, sadly) Zuma would have resigned and taken time off...
This is what my journalism lecturers used to call a “man bites dog” story – a happening which is newsworthy because it’s the opposite of what usually happens. Last month student Sibongile Mani became the poster child for the “the...
Last weekend’s rugby Test in Cape Town between the Springboks and All Blacks was one of the most exciting, passionate and talked about in recent matches between the two teams. Okay, so we lost 25-24, which under normal circumstances would...
Political killings are a symptom not of how much this country has changed, but of how much it hasn’t. As each week seems to bring awful news of another killing in KwaZulu-Natal, we are awash with explanations. Most seem to state...
Riley Jacobs* is more anxious than he is angry. Eleven schools in the suburbs rejected his Grade R son’s application for entrance into Grade 1 in 2018. The father’s email to me was really moving: “PLEASE could you assist us...
“I never expected to witness the slow suicide of a country,” writes Joel Hirst in The Suicide of Venezuela. “Let me tell you, there’s nothing epic about it. We who have the privilege of travel, often look down in...
A huge controversy broke out this weekend over what appeared to be a racist Dove soap advert that was posted on social media. The advert seemed to portray the transformation of a dark-skinned black woman into a pale white...
Archbishop Emeritus Bishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu’s 86th birthday today is a good occasion to reflect on the man’s contributions to South African society and global thought. I do so as a philosopher and in the light of ubuntu, the Southern...
THIS is the month when National Senior Certificate (NSC) final exams loom large. The fear factor reaches new peaks and anticipation sets in regarding the results in the first week of January 2018, tertiary education admissions and questions about future...
The Chiels were getting a little restless. Nothing much had been happening in the way of excitement. So we scanned various game reserves on the SANParks website and, bingo, there was a selection of campsites available at Addo Elephant...
This week three eminent scientists won the Nobel Prize in physics for actually observing ripples in space-time called gravitational waves, while another trio of researchers won the world’s most famous award (the Nobel for physiology or medicine) because of...
When the ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Conference turned into a festival of chairs with the breakout of violence to resolve a political impasse and the subsequent departure of over 700 delegates, it stopped being a gathering whose outcomes could...
It has been a decade of decline and ignominy for the ANC. The gap between the ideals of the party and what it has become has never been wider. The qualitative difference between leaders of the past and the leadership...
I watched the Wits University panel discussion on the KPMG debacle last Wednesday with keen interest. On the heels of this massive failure within the auditing profession through the actions of KPMG, here were South African leaders in their...
The outcome of the ANC’s Eastern Cape provincial conference has been billed as a big victory for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidential campaign. There is no doubt that the election of Oscar Mabuyane as the provincial chairman gives impetus to...
In a pinch-me-I-am-dreaming moment, Fikile Mbaloser has managed to produce yet another set of remarks destined for Hall of Demagogic Infamy, in which he is already well represented. Because he is a clown, one who thinks politics is showmanship, not...
On the 12th of March this year President Jacob Zuma showed his comrades on the national executive committee of the ANC the finger – and they did nothing about it. Their lack of action then and over the past...
A lot of slick operators make a very good living out of taking advantage of the fact that most consumers don’t pay enough attention to boring admin tasks and can’t be bothered to read the small print. A Durban-based operation...
In A few years, two record-breaking mega-bridges over local rivers will contribute to SA’s growing national and continental landscape and road network. The two bridges, one over the Msikaba River and the other over Mtentu River, just outside Xolobeni south...
A loud bellow of protest is emanating from across the broader Eastern Cape church and echoing nationally against proposals by the state’s religious commission to regulate all religious entities. The commission’s recommendations include passing new laws that will make it...
Mascots in the armed forces are quite common in some countries, Britain in particular. We don’t seem to have many here though, but then we did have the Great Dane, Just Nuisance, who in reality could be claimed by the...