Voices

February 27, 2017

South Africa needs to do more to plug its deficit than target the rich

In his 2017/18 budget speech, South Africa's finance minister Pravin Gordhan opted to focus on taxing high income earners to find desperately needed money.
February 27, 2017

Please help me count, Comrade Mantashe . . .

South Africa goes into holiday mode as soon as the second weekend of December ends. The country then wakes up again from the holidays after January 15 to pick up the pieces of the many lives that we lost on the roads due to speeding, recklessness, drunken driving and criminality.
February 26, 2017

Mondli Makhanya: Heed the calls, or SA will burn

After the deaths of 62 people and the destruction of millions of rands worth of property, a parliamentary committee probing the 2008 attacks on foreign nationals concluded that “xenophobic attitudes do exist among some South African citizens".
February 26, 2017

A unified middle class can help SA

To activate radical economic transformation, strong leadership and powerful new players will have to emerge and negotiate, writes Lumkile Mondi.
February 26, 2017

Who is really in charge of our country?

A close mate who is not really interested in politics once had an encounter with one of President Jacob Zuma’s young relatives and got a bit of insight into some of the chitchat that happens around the dinner table in Nkandla.
February 23, 2017

Editorial: When being greedy is what you’re paid for

No one likes banks, and there are many excellent reasons for that.
February 26, 2017

Everyone should support the student protests

Shandu Ramugadi writes about a student activist who was one of the few leaders not arrested during the #FeesMustFall protests, because of his respect for the rule of law.
February 26, 2017

Daydreaming while waiting for ANC’s Super

Wednesday morning. My head’s throbbing like Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema’s nuts after the pounding the party took last week.
February 26, 2017

Obituary: Family man who was all about engagement

The news of his passing may have escaped many who were touched by his affectionate smile. But the funeral service, held in his honour at Bryanston Methodist Church in Johannesburg on Thursday, was a tribute to his many and varied good deeds.
February 23, 2017

Be careful what you invest in, Supra

Two events have focused attention on North West ANC chairperson and premier Supra Mahumapelo this week.
February 22, 2017

Replacing the finance minister, or his deputy, would carry a heavy cost

Many see the decision by South Africa’s governing African National Congress to send the disgraced former CEO of the power utility Eskom to parliament as the precursor to another attack on the National Treasury and to remove finance minister Pravin Gordhan.
February 21, 2017

Mother Language Day: Adding bite to bark

It is International Mother Language Day on Tuesday and PanSALB has been calling the state to account for its mother tongue policies. It’s been a tough road, writes Mmanaledi Mataboge-Mashetla.
February 21, 2017

Infographic: SS Mendi remembered 100 years later

In the dark and fog of the morning of February 21 1917, the Mendi was accidentally rammed by another ship. With a deep gash in its side, the Mendi was doomed and sank. Almost 650 men dies, including 607 black troops of the SA Native Labour Corps
February 19, 2017

Moving SA out of its low-growth and high-inequality trap

With the 1994 Consensus having reached its limit, an ambitious SA needs to embrace the three ‘national obsessions’ of quality education, building a capable state and achieving inclusive growth, writes Mcebisi Jonas.
February 19, 2017

Return land to the people

The ANC’s programme for redistribution must explore expropriation without compensation, writes Ayanda Dlodlo.
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February 26 2017