Voices

November 19, 2017

What type of leader does SA need?

If the country is to regain its integrity and self-respect, we need a leader with integrity, writes Omry Makgoale.
November 19, 2017

Mondli Makhanya: What the Gupta man saw

President Jacob Zuma has been described variously as a strategist, a master chess player, a conniving politician, a devious character, and a dishonest and greedy leader.
November 19, 2017

There is hope for both SA and Zimbabwe

The packed vehicles queueing to cross the Beit Bridge border post from apartheid South Africa into liberated Zimbabwe stretched for more than 2km.
November 19, 2017

Rivonia tapes allow us to recover lost voices

History is as much about story telling as it is about fact. Very few people are inspired by a list of names, dates and basic historical detail; instead we crave a narrative to piece together the past and how we came to be where we are.
November 19, 2017

We need two centres of power

The logic of not allowing Thabo Mbeki a third term as head of the ANC was to avoid “two centres of power”. In other words, to avoid a tug-of-war between party headquarters Luthuli House and the presidency.
November 19, 2017

Zimbabwe’s crisis may be a catalyst for change

Zimbabwe’s “bloodless coup” this week seems to have made political experts out of ordinary citizens around the globe. Yet, the impulse of South Africa’s political leadership is to jump in the opposite direction.
November 19, 2017

Where the blame lies

Culture, tradition and religion often powerfully normalise the disparate gender roles.
November 19, 2017

Let’s find ways to dream freedom anew

More than two decades after the advent of democracy in South Africa, the legacy of former president Nelson Mandela sits at the heart of debates about the country’s progress, or lack thereof.
November 19, 2017

Book extract: The politics behind the politics

In her second book, award-winning novelist Rehana Rossouw, herself a seasoned journalist, tells the story of Aaliyah ‘Ali’ Adams, a hard-nosed political reporter from the Bo-Kaap who will follow a trail of corruption during the second year of the Mandela presidency, uncovering a shocking scoop. In this extract, she attends her first meeting at her new job.
November 19, 2017

Do commissions of inquiry have teeth?

The state is not obligated to act on an inquiry’s recommendations, or even to release the findings ofone, write Kelly Kropman and Amanda Shivamba.
November 19, 2017

Book review: Be inspired

Cancer: A Love Story by Lauren Segal.
November 15, 2017

Opinion: Zuma triggers the collapse of Treasury

The inevitable collapse of Treasury, the last and most important institution, which has thus far acted as the bulwark against vultures circling on South Africa’s purse, has been triggered.
November 15, 2017

Bafana are not going to Russia but our money might be

The gods of libation must have been overexcited over the past weekend because the goodwill that flowed was almost enough to retire the great Son of Majakathata from ever touch the bottle. Almost being the operative word of course.
November 15, 2017

Exposing apartheid death squads – A trail of murder and terror

This extract, taken from African Muckraking: 75 Years of Investigative Journalism From Africa, exposes the murders and terror attacks that were committed during apartheid by the South African Police’s special unit at Vlakplaas.
November 14, 2017

Your call is not important to us: How call centre agents stuffed up the world

Everyone with a phone is a victim of call centre agents. In this extract from 50 People who Stuffed up the World, the authors look at how unimportant your call really is.
November 12, 2017

SA, move past white vs black

The black elite must help the nation heal the wounds of the past instead of fan divisions, as it did after the #BlackMonday demonstrations.
November 12, 2017

South Africa’s disjointed, grey identity

A culture of having to physically adapt to a new environment, and people, is inherent in our identity, writes Kaeden Arnold
November 12, 2017

Mondli Makhanya: Populism is a loser’s game

Former US secretary of state John Kerry rolled into town this week to talk about one of the things that is keeping the world’s sane people awake: the rise of populism.
November 12, 2017

Recommended reading for men and women

The powerful predators are being dragged out into the sunlight. It is invigorating. It is cathartic. It is terrible. It is everywhere.
November 12, 2017

Amoral is the new normal

We have become tolerant of Zuma’s misdeeds, to the extent that the abnormal has become normal, with dire consequences for our country.
November 12, 2017

Frantic Zuma’s last bid

The president’s high court effort to try to dictate the terms of the state capture probe reeks of legal desperation.
November 12, 2017

Empowerment through tourism

The South African tourism industry is a major contributor to the country's economy and employment of its people. Almost 9 million foreign tourists visited South Africa in 2015.
November 12, 2017

Teaching men and boys in the age of #MeToo

Most men weren’t taught about positive gender roles, but this can change, writes Sandee LaMotte.
November 12, 2017

Power: provincial versus municipal

Recent service-delivery protests in the Midvaal Local Municipality, where residents have been protesting about access to land and housing delivery for some time, have brought into sharp focus the value of a cordial and supportive relationship between local and provincial spheres of government
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November 19 2017