OPINION: Dear delegates, save our country

Dear ANC delegates, there is nothing that I will tell you today that, in your heart of hearts, you don’t already know. You know that...

OPINION: Sales snags happen, but never ignore customers

A lack of communication. Sooner or later that wrecks any relationship, personal or business. When the guilty party is an online retailer which has failed...

OPINION: ANC leadership race will go down to the wire: here’s...

The suspense is tangible as the ANC approaches its fiercely contested 2017 elective conference. By December 5, the party’s branches had largely spoken, and its...

OPINION: No contest, Cyril has to be the one

It seems a long time ago – 1999. But it was a watershed year for me. There was an election. Nelson Mandela had decided...

OPINION: An inhuman abuse that must stop

“Equiano and his sister were kidnapped by two men and one woman. They were home alone that day because their parents were working out...

Education crisis worse than imagined

At exactly 11am on Tuesday this week a report placed under “strict embargo” was released only to reveal the most devastating news yet on...

EC losing out on woman leader of huge stature

One needs to register shock over the Eastern Cape ANC provincial general council (PGC) outcome when a reasonable expectation was for a female deputy...

OPINION: Slavery should be an outdated horror

The verified revelations that human beings are being sold at slave auctions in Libya have shocked the world – as they should. Last week it...

OPINION: Over-empowerment of mundane when sight is lost of core purpose...

I was taken a bit by surprise by the overwhelming response by fellow academics to my last column on the state of undergraduate teaching...

OPINION: Unity candidate a ‘corrupt clan’ ploy

It is only 12 days to go before the ANC national conference starts. The prospect of Cyril Ramaphosa becoming president of the party is...

OPINION: Be wary of network providers’ expiry notice

“No more sneaky contract rollovers!” That was the intention of the good folk who came up with the Consumer Protection Act (CPA), because so...

Mines bolster fight to stop Aids

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...

Thanks for the memories, it’s time the Chiel takes a permanent...

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...

Man of principle who walked talk

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”...

OPINION: Zim education allowed church role

As the regime of Robert Mugabe crumbled unexpectedly before our very eyes, I could not help but recall why I left my university in...

OPINION: No-confidence will reverse change

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...

OPINION: Switch to see accountability and responsibility as essential norms

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...

OPINION: Gerwel died a humble man with integrity intact

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...

OPINION: Zim cycle of repression will repeat

One of the greatest acts of disservice that we Africans do to our fellow citizens is to keep quiet when our brothers and sisters...

OPINION: What you need to know about returns

Being well over the hype and drama of Black Friday, this column was going to be about a man whose bakkie was stolen from...

Only apology will ease suspicion

It was the British Labour Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, who said, “a week is a very long time in politics”, but the fall of...

COLUMN: Is Mabuza’s silence undermining NDZ’s chances at the prize?

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...

OPINION: Can ‘Crocodile’ undo legacy of ruin

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...

LISTEN: What reading to your child can do

When you are already writing your sixth book at the age of eight, you deserve to be chosen as one of the top 10...

OPINION: Mbalula and Malema hastened ANC slide

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...

OPINION: Mugabe traits on display in SA

The news of the humiliating fall of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has been riveting. The tanks rolling into Harare were a sight to see....

Are Africa’s old men finally fading away?

Soon after Zimbabwe’s army confined President Robert Mugabe to his palatial Harare home this week – allegedly for his safety – it was announced...

Time to deal with higher education’s dirtiest secret

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...

Approach Black Friday frenzy with caution

Black Friday is four days away, but in reality the buying bonanza has morphed into Black Week for the growing numbers of South Africans...

‘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...

OPINION: That thing with Thabo…and the one with Harry

Just as the momentum for the big deal was building, and he had delivered the final constitution, Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he was leaving...

OPINION: What lies ahead for Zim?

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...

OPINION: Watching skies with bated breath

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...

Big policy stick not the answer to speed up transformation of...

Bela is driving parents crazy. One source claims that 100 000 parents have signed a petition against the Basic Education Laws Amendment (Bela) Bill...

ANC talk of ‘colour revolution’ a worry

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...

OPINION: Water rights and tools secure in new deals

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...

OPINION: Diversity a strength, not weakness

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...

OPINION: Our rulers are ‘barbarians’ with no appreciation of knowledge

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...

OPINION: No one left to get snouts out troughs

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...

OPINION: Distributors can’t dictate retailers’ price to customers

We all love a good David and Goliath story; those people who stand up to entities far more powerful than them, at great personal...

Water way too precious to waste

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...

The curious case of two kamikaze loyalists’ actions

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...

OPINION: Stop repeat abuse of women

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...

OPINION: State too late in bid to silence Pauw

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...

OPINION: Declaring free education for all would be a disastrous decision

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...

OPINION: Land audit fudges, spins and lacks clarity

Farmers’ interest group AgriSA last week released its own land audit. This filled in a major blank in the land reform and policy field:...

‘Warrior’ Pauw displays true SA grit

Given the discouraging news constantly swirling around government it can get quite tough trying to keep hope alive, but then, just as the darkness...

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...

OPINION: Rethink needed on political party funding to prevent pacts with...

In September of this year, the Western Cape High Court ruled that citizens had a right to request that political parties disclose their private...

OPINION: Banning books an apartheid thing

The coordinated yet clumsy and moronic attempt last Friday and through the weekend by the State Security Agency and the SA Revenue Services to...