Voices

May 25, 2019

A matter of shared values

Elections are a mechanism through which a multiparty system facilitates the involvement of people in deciding who and which party should govern.
May 25, 2019

Africa Day: Let’s reflect on an Africa of hope and opportunity

There is no over glamourising Africa or glossing over her many imperfections; the mirror has too many faces to be packaged so simply.
May 24, 2019

The IEC needs to reinvent itself if it’s going to keep up with the times

The recently concluded 2019 South African polls were the sixth democratic elections in South Africa since the fall of apartheid and the sixth time the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) was tasked with managing the process.
May 25, 2019

Why ongoing civic education is critical

The May 8 general elections have come and gone. Some voters struggled with their decision, finding that no one party comprehensively captured their interests; nevertheless they voted.
May 25, 2019

Sanitation innovation is the way to go

Africa is poised to rewrite the narrative and lead the world by pioneering global sustainable development precisely because of its low industrialisation levels, writes Dhesigen Naidoo.
May 23, 2019

To solve SA’s problems we have to embrace, and engage with, free speech

Free speech is crucial for maintaining a healthy society. We have to be able to discuss controversial things with each other.
May 22, 2019

Inauguration at Loftus? ANC is trading gold for brass

Institutions such as the Union Building may be a painful inheritance from an ugly past, but treating them shabbily is needlessly self-destructive, writes Letepe Maisela.
May 22, 2019

Beyond electioneering: 5 points SA needs to consider on the land issue

Now that the electioneering and sloganeering are out of the way, the real work begins.
May 23, 2019

South Africans must stop pointing fingers and start doing the right thing

Private and public sectors are equal ethical offenders, writes Dudu Msomi.
May 22, 2019

As SA prepares for more retrenchments here’s what you need to know

The unemployment rate increased to 27.6% in the first quarter of 2019, which means that more retrenchments are on the table for South Africa’s workforce.
May 22, 2019

The African continental free trade agreement – rhetoric or reality?

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement, signed by 44 African countries in Kigali, Rwanda, in March 2018, promises to be a game changer for future trade and development on the continent.
May 22, 2019

Battle is not over: What will Cyril do about allies accused of corruption?

Ramaphosa has some tough fights ahead of him. He has huge support in some quarters but his detractors would like to see him fail and they have made that clear.
May 22, 2019

Battle is not over: It is time for Cyril to prove he is an asset

Ramaphosa has some tough battles ahead of him. He has huge support in some quarters but his detractors would like to see him fail and they have made that clear.
May 22, 2019

The election is now over. What does the employer, the voter, want to see?

It is up to the electorate to take charge and ensure public servants hold true to their oath of office by choosing the nation’s interests over party politics.
May 22, 2019

White vs black privilege. An intellectual response to Zille’s charge

This past week, social media was abuzz with Helen Zille’s comment on black privilege. In her usual style, Zille was defiant that her argument has merits and should be heard. It is difficult for any reasonable person to ignore Zille’s comment.
May 21, 2019

Zoë Wicomb: A lesson in reading

Who is Zoë Wicomb – and why do more local readers not know the work of one of the country’s most revered authors? PhD literature candidate Manosa Nthunya offers an introduction to this stunning post-apartheid feminist voice that centres on ordinary lives.
May 20, 2019

For the New Dawn skills upgrade the state will have to rely on partnerships

The 2019 general election is over and the people have spoken. There is a hunger for change for the benefit of all South Africans.
May 20, 2019

Why Dlamini-Zuma would be the best option for Ramaphosa

The sixth national general elections have come and gone and the result is that, in spite the decline in electoral dominance, the people of South Africa have reaffirmed their confidence in the ANC to lead the nation.
May 20, 2019

NPA prosecution date for the Aurora directors still stands

The successful prosecution of the politically connected directors of Aurora Empowerment Systems (Aurora) for environmental damage may be among those matters that not only restores public confidence in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) but demo
May 26, 2019

Hanging Judge: No local refs will participate in the Fifa U-20 World Cup

It is with regret and sadness that I have noticed that not one referee or assistant referee from South Africa will be at the Fifa U-20 World Cup in Poland this year.
May 26, 2019

Pressing Issues: Do septuagenarians Khoza and Moutaung still have it?

In 1994, after Orlando Pirates won their first league title in 21 years, the late Lawrence “Big Bear” Ngubane – may his soul rest in peace – told me that it was unacceptable for a club as big as the Bucs to go for three years without a league title.
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May 26 2019