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...

OPINION: Consumer has recourse if faulty items harm, damage

“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...

Deadly chemical threat among us

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...

Will ANC go to Nasrec?

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,...

OPINION: Leadership much more than holding a position

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...

OPINION: Reeling in splendour of Wild Coast is guaranteed to be...

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...

OPINION: Despite the rhetoric, race loyalties in South Africa are gradually...

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...

OPINION: Get rid of gangsters and rebuild democracy

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...

OPINION: Guard against mercenaries waiting for chink in armour of ethical...

If only we could learn from each and every misdeed we have committed as a country, we could become perhaps one of the foremost...

Debt crisis demands wise financial control

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...

It’s about dreams, not silly factions

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....

OPINION: Gigaba has failed to tell the truth

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...

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...

OPINION: What’s radical about 2017 economic transformation?

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...

PREMIER’S PERSPECTIVE: We need to heed lessons of Tambo

“Looking out from my home, the site of it (Engeli Mountain) commanded a wide view of the terrain as it swept from the vicinity...

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...

OPINION: Mbeki seriously miscalculated political risk

Remember the row in September 2004 when the then CEO of Anglo American, Tony Trahar, during a Financial Times interview, gave what he thought...

OPINION: From Tsomo to sailing the high seas

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...

OPINION: Any vote rigging could explode into violence

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...

OPINION: ‘Putin’s hand in SA cabinet reshuffle’ represents betrayal of a...

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...

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...

Passenger strapped to seat, arms, legs tied with belts

Can an airline prohibit you from drinking alcohol on board, other than that sold by them? I asked that question of Nic Vlok, acting...

OPINION: Crime – and policing – in numbers

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...

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: Madiba’s spat with Anglican bishops

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...

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...

OPINION: Learning maths crucial for all youth

“WHAT do you want to be when you grow up?” We were all asked this question a few years after starting school or even...

Donald Woods’ and other limericks

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...

Getting land reform to work well

The strengthening of the relative land rights programme – introduced in 2014 by land reform maestro Minister Gugile Nkwinti – has shifted to a...

When a leader overplays hand

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...

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...

Wathinta Mama Sisulu wathinta imbokodo

The article “Sisulu takes aim at Mantashe” (DD, October 16) refers. The time for the ANC presidency to change from being male dominant to...