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OPINION | VBS culprits must face full might of the law

The Venda Building Society (VBS) bank heist scandal which was discovered after the SA Reserve Bank commissioned an investigation makes for a depressing and harrowing read as ...

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OPINION | Rich cash in while others ‘sweep the ...

Asinakutyeba sonke, ngubani oyakushiyeka etshayela?, (“We can’t all be rich, who will sweep the floors?”) I heard this statement all too often ...

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OPINION | Ramaphosa turns blind eye to king’s ...

It is now common knowledge that the Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo) in the Eastern Cape has consistently campaigned for the release of ...

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OPINION | Academic freedom should not be fenced in

There has been a trend in the global university sector to attempt to “certify” academics as higher education teachers. What we have seen is an increasing push by universities to get academics to enrol for courses which certify them as assessors, ...
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OPINION | Virgin Active calls time out on squash ...

Sorry for you, squash players – we need your courts for boxing workouts, spinning and Pilates classes. That’s essentially what Virgin Active has told the squash players among its members, and they’re understandably very worked up about it. Seven VA ...
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OPINION | Will SA let commerce trump human rights?

This is a question SA may have to ask itself this week given recent events in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. It’s a question ...

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OPINION | Pik Botha: in his own words

South Africa’s apartheid-era foreign affairs minister Pik Botha died at the age of 86 at his home in Pretoria on ...

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OPINION | Mboweni must show his hand in VBS crisis

Tito Mboweni is going to be such fun to have as finance minister. When he was labour minister he used to have people ...

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OPINION | Unethical conduct is such a thin line to cross

You are on your way to your beloved grandmother’s funeral. You are late and let rip on the open highway. Out of ...

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OPINION | What spooked minister to tell of meetings?

What caused the unravelling of Nhlanhla Nene? Hitherto he was presumed to be like Caesar’s wife – beyond reproach and ...

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OPINION | Guptas’s tentacles had ANC in vice-like grip

It is the sort of influence which was impossible without the help of the ANC. The belated – and rather shocking – ...

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OPINION | Time to wash away injustice women endure

When a mighty dam is about to burst, it does not just collapse in one explosive roar; it first springs a leak. A jet ...

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OPINION | Strong institutions key to accountability

It is our heroes, the ones we adore, who have the capacity to break our hearts.At the beginning of September, ...

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OPINION | #MeToo anniversary and the court of public opinion

Last October, when a friend sent me a text that simply read, “OMG Harvey”, I thought she was talking about the ...

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OPINION | More hikes loom to pay for corruption

So you are shocked and annoyed that you are now paying a record R17.08 for a litre of unleaded petrol in the inland ...

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OPINION | Social media under attack on the continent

The government of Benin has cancelled a recent decree that imposed a tax on users of platforms such as Twitter, ...

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OPINION | Are our ancestors guiding us to a safe roost?

A flock of starlings, swirling towards its roost. From a distance it seems to move like smoke, thick billowing clouds ...

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OPINION | Summits require extraordinary response

On Thursday, SA’s social partners – sections of organised labour, business, the government and community groups – will ...

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OPINION | Those teachers who leave an indelible mark

Most of our school teachers are forgettable creatures. They fade into memory as unremarkable and sometimes even ...

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OPINION | SA in need of well-managed value system

A few years ago a friend of mine, who has since passed away, shocked me with an unexpected answer to a question I had ...

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