Voices

September 19, 2019

Legislation by regulation undermines economic freedom

The recently published Economic Freedom of the World annual report demonstrates that economic freedom produces prosperity, something South Africa urgently requires in abundance.
September 19, 2019

Many African ties bind us, way beyond the divisions

The recent violence between South Africa and foreign nationals, following the alleged killing of a South African taxi driver in Pretoria by a Nigerian drug dealer, is an indictment of the entire African continent.
September 19, 2019

Why do nations fail? And is SA in danger of failing?

We must go beyond institutions and interrogate the role of human beings within them.
September 19, 2019

We are still slaves of mental inferiority complexes

The great black consciousness exponent Bantu Biko once observed that the greatest weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. The truth of this observation remains an indisputable reality today.
September 19, 2019

Let’s revive ubuntu to save our country

Once upon a time there was a philosophy called ubuntu. This philosophy of ubuntu, a Nguni word meaning humanity in the Queen’s language, appeared in South Africa around the mid-19th century.
September 19, 2019

How social media can entrench old inequalities

Like the rest of the world, South Africans are evolving steadily in being techno-savvy given the effect of the use of social media that has become an integral part of our lives.
September 18, 2019

SA must implement stricter immigration laws

A remarkable and significant development happened at the funeral service of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe at the weekend – the booing and then cheering of President Cyril Ramaphosa.
September 16, 2019

Foreigners fight our police, challenge the state’s authority. It is unheard of

It is unheard of that foreign nationals can go as far as fighting our police and challenging the state’s authority.
September 17, 2019

The world is changing; let us change with it

As the world hurtles towards greater reliance on innovation, where the lines between physical, digital and biological systems become blurred, governments are under pressure to adapt legislation and put new policies in place to deal with the new era.
September 15, 2019

From capitalist to egalitarian: Let’s revive Biko’s ideology

Swapping our capitalist system for the egalitarian society that Biko envisioned could save SA’s soul.
September 15, 2019

Let’s change tack on crime. The onus is on the state to keep us safe

One Thursday afternoon in 2006, I took delivery of a brand-new car to replace the old one which had started giving me problems. It wasn’t a big a luxury machine. It wasn’t automatic. It was just a better car than the one I was replacing.
September 15, 2019

Editorial: The crime stats were confirmation – we are under siege

Long before the crime statistics were released on Thursday, South Africans already knew that we had a deep crisis of crime. The country almost came to a standstill as criminal acts were committed under the name of xenophobia for the past three weeks.
September 15, 2019

Can we change the violence conversation to include men?

I was going through a particularly bruising #AmINext social media feed the other day that related to an exchange between a former couple who happen to be queer. The outed abuser was hitting back and I was duly hating on them.
September 15, 2019

Editorial: Laudable contracts, but will they work?

Awatershed deal was brokered last week when the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) finally signed into legislation a new assessment tool for teachers in public schools.
September 18, 2019

Thuli Madonsela: Civic activism proves there is hope for SA

The prevalence of civic activism is transcending the need to demand accountability from the state.
September 13, 2019

Robert Mugabe’s tattered legacy: An educated man who refused to learn

A week ago, the world woke up to the “sad” news that the former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, had died.
September 15, 2019

When black hair dares to bare

The recent crowning of Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi sparked a spirited debate about natural black women’s hair
September 13, 2019

Gender-based violence should be recognised as an economic issue too

In addition to the emotional pain of living in a violent society, there is a significant economic cost to the country.
September 12, 2019

Economic freedom in South Africa continues to stagnate

The latest report of the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) has just been released and South Africa continues to lag behind the rest of the world.
September 11, 2019

#SheWasNext| What men owe women

Patriarchy and rape, which rest on power and are the domain of all men, have wrested from women a sense of security and freedom from abuse and murder.
September 11, 2019

Mzansi’s creeping anarchy will eventually overflow from townships and inner cities

Providing fertile ground for increasing criminality is the culture we have allowed, which equates lawlessness with democracy, writes Mike Siluma
September 10, 2019

No sympathy or applause for abusers

My grandmother got married at the age of 26, enduring 54 years of marriage to a man who disrespected and disregarded her.
September 10, 2019

SA has overcome the unthinkable before, and we can do it again

We must acknowledge complicity in creating this violent democracy and take responsibility for transforming it.
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September 22 2019