The story of Sibongile Mani is intriguing, tragic and phenomenally educational all at the same time. Maybe it is how it exposes our complicated and often treacherous relationship with money. Yet for a developing nation like ours, the lessons which...
Any number of attempts have been made over the last few weeks to divert attentions from the Gupta Leaks and the related daily revelations about serious and damaging financial irregularities. The latest of which have been the Hawks revisiting of...
Customs and traditions no longer serve us if they are not for the betterment of the people. Lately I have been receiving requests to petition for the banning of the movie Inxeba (The Wound). I have not watched it yet...
Welcome to the dirty war. Welcome to the age of untruths, half-truths, fake news, manufactured scandal, smear, slander and outright lies. Welcome to South Africa as the weak, dying governing party, the once-glorious African National Congress, continues to eat itself...
Z Pallo Jordan This (untitled) lecture was an address to the Eastern Cape legislature in September 2012, the 10th anniversary of the Bhisho shootings, but also just weeks after the Marikana massacre. The credibility of the ANC is probably the lowest...
People are the most important element of our province, much more than its structures or natural resources. And education is the most important element in improving the lives of South African citizens. Because of this, we need to focus on...
I am sure that every boxer fan is breathing sigh of relief with the farce between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor being behind us. For a full month the boxing scene has been bombarded by this bout with even the...
What a week that was! In case you’ve forgotten, you know, the one when the south-westerly wind blew hell for leather non-stop and knocked all the stuffing out of just about everything along the South African coast last week....
Sending a child to a tertiary institution is a source of pride and joy for any family. It is not only about enhancing the child’s chances in life but also about taking that family out of dire straits as the...
So the children at Pretoria West High School are protesting the right to wear skinny pants. The uniforms are too big, they say. This is funny, of course. In this land of incessant demands, why not? If further up...
With less than a month to the ANC Mangaung Conference in December 2012, the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) delivered a judgment that had a bearing on the composition of delegates. The dispute was over the legitimacy of the party’s provincial...
I can't say I was surprised by Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s attempt to go to Marikana, in what has been rightly labelled as a cheap amoral political point-scoring move. Nor can I say I am displeased that a group of...
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba knows that his only chance of building confidence with the markets is if he is able to persuade people that there is continuity in the Treasury. On his roadshows, he has tried to reassure fund managers...
The Birbury farmworkers in the Bathurst pineapple belt, between Grahamstown and Port Alfred, are on the cusp of having their poverty-stricken lives changed for the better now that the rural development department has rolled out its co-ownership land redistribution...
One of the weaknesses of the post-apartheid education system is that oral traditions are not included as mandatory learning for pupils or students. This means that these oral storehouses of memory and archive is under threat of vanishing within...
At least it’s insured. That’s the thought Pertunia Mokwena of Midrand consoled herself with when she emerged from a shopping centre last month to discover that her car had been stolen from the parking lot. She’d switched from another insurer...
Former cabinet minister and African Union head Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was here, there and everywhere last week. The ANC presidential hopeful addressed adoring crowds carefully selected by the ANC Women’s League in the North West and elsewhere as she...
Most leaders seem to love the limelight. Some, when they have it, do not even want to share it. But cabinet minister and ANC NEC member Lindiwe Sisulu is an intensely private individual who seems to avoid the spotlight. Very little...
As we bid farewell to Women’s Month and stories of women abuse continue to frequently fill newspaper columns and radio talk shows, many South Africans can relate to the following story, albeit imaginary: “After a whirlwind, passionate courtship and reminders...
Inside the spacious conference venue in Muldersdrift, the spirit moved. This week was, after all, the annual Conference of Ntataise, the famous early childhood education organisation started by a progressive farmer and his wife, Anthony and Jane Evans, in...
Our government leaders should read. I would say they should read more, but that would be polishing the turds – many don’t read at all, and those who do, seem to have their noses deep in bogus intelligence reports...
A little fire,” says Shakespeare, “is quickly trodden out, which being suffer’d rivers cannot quench.” The truth of his assertion has been vividly affirmed by fires which raged across thousands of hectares of farmland around the Amatola mountains, destroying forest...
Until the last days of his life, President Nelson Mandela refused to take personal credit for having been the architect of the post-apartheid “rainbow nation”. He always said that while he was in prison there were many “good men...
The motion of no-confidence that failed for the eighth time against the President of the republic inspired this correspondence. In a platonic relationship, the experience of infidelity is one of piercing betrayal. Imagine what happens in a political relationship...
Sometimes one needs a break from routine to do something a little different. We’ve just had that – all four weeks of it – and am happy to say we feel better for it and are raring to go...
It is true. I was flirting with the idea of packing up, of leaving, of becoming a professor in a top university overseas where I would no doubt, live longer, healthier and without a care in the world. Until one...
The right of the child to safety, to quality education, and to a future filled with opportunity must remain foremost in the minds of each South African as the debate around the legalisation of recreational dagga rages. Over the...
Cannabis has been produced as a cash crop in the Eastern Cape’s Pondoland villages for decades. It is the livelihood for many households in these villages. Depending on the yield and on its quality, some farmers can make an estimated...
For a moment there, I thought we were on the verge of a major shift away from our toxic political space. However, intimidation, propaganda and the prospect of full tummies for ANC parliamentarians won the day. The vote of no confidence...
It turns out that even opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) have a problem adding up numbers. We saw that this past Tuesday as Baleke Mbete, the Speaker of Parliament, announced the outcome of the vote of no-confidence in President...
Three recent articles in the Daily Dispatch gave us three views of our province. Pali Lehohla, the statistician-general of South Africa, speaking at a Dispatch Dialogue last week, painted a picture of a province in crisis. Not only are we last...
Nothing illustrates the extent of our descent into ethical and moral bankruptcy (and political mediocrity) as comprehensively as the past week’s events. A deputy minister of higher education savagely beat up a woman and today, a full eight days after...
All citizens should be treated equally. There should be a balance between rural and urban communities, a choice whether to live in urban or rural Eastern Cape and basic services should be available to all our citizens. Unfortunately, there has...
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 its independence in 1994, there was a general sense of euphoria as winds of positivity...
I waited. I waited for the final verdict. The reasons for the verdict no longer mattered. The trust was already broken. I expected nothing. Nothing much has come from Baleka Mbete anyway, only favouritism and a consistent lack of...
If anyone had any doubts that the ANC does not care about the future of this country then yesterday’s proceedings in parliament put paid to such doubts. By voting to keep the rogue Jacob Zuma in office, ANC MPs in...
This is a tale about three MPs. One of them, the retired veteran ANC MP, Ben Turok, – now aged 90, former political prisoner and an exile for roughly 25 years – wrote some very wise words in the...
At A Dispatch Dialogue event I hosted two weeks ago, former cabinet minister and current ANC MP Charles Nqakula took time to explain why, in his view (and that of many other ANC leaders, I might add) the president...
On Monday I ran a poll in which I asked people to indicate which direction they would vote if they were MPs. More than 97% said they would vote for the President to GO. How would Ace Ncobo vote? My take...
This is not the week to look at the people we know are clothed, funded, influenced, fed and corrupted by the compromised President Jacob Zuma and his handlers, the Gupta family. This is not the week to look pleadingly at...
The automatic renewal of contracts is particularly nasty practice, and one which has been outlawed in South Africa, thanks to the Consumer Protection Act, for more than six years.  Companies are compelled to contact the consumer in writing, before the...
Women's Month is celebrated every year in August to reaffirm our commitment to achieving full respect for women’s human rights both as a moral obligation and as a keystone for a safer, fairer and healthier world. Every year this time...
One of the most common lamentations about post-apartheid SA is that we have some of the best policy frameworks in the world, but fail miserably when it comes to implementation and delivery. It applies to so many areas of daily...
There is a distinct possibility that South Africa may have a woman president in the near future. It may or may not happen in the elections of 2019. If this were to happen, South Africa would follow Liberia, which already...
Spare a thought for Makhosi Khoza. She faces a lonely road of isolation bolstered by the knowledge that she has chosen the path of principle, not expediency. We must admire her courage in staying with her demand that President...
Maybe the greatest damage to the nation that President Jacob Zuma has done is the twin evil of the subversion of our legal system and its concomitant violation and ravaging of our nation’s soul. As the law governs every...
In its very essence, a university is and should be a place marked by reason, deliberation and the free exchange of ideas. It upholds no dogma, which makes it different from a church. It follows no ideology, which makes it...
The continued use of racial rhetoric in public speeches and platforms by political leaders in South Africa is something deserving of the strongest condemnation. It is a foolish game, out of which nothing good could come. “I know president Mbeki, you’re...
This weeks marks a year since coalition politics became a reality for SA.  The ANC lost three metro councils – Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela Bay and Tshwane, the seat of government – to a coalition of opposition parties in local...
In an amoral description of the EFF’s four-year anniversary celebrations, typical of a widespread and relativistic infatuation with the party, Richard Poplak gave Julius Malema’s various comments about Indian South Africans no more than one line in passing, before...