Voices

September 23, 2018

Editorial: It is legal, but we should criticise it

When Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo delivered the Constitutional Court’s judgment on the private use of cannabis, the only words that most were prepared to hear were that, “as long as the use or possession of cannabis is in private and not in pub
September 23, 2018

Under the skin we are all the same

Often, with the best of intentions, we use impressive terminology to describe or refer to things. However, it could be that in using such words, as government or as individuals, we are talking to ourselves.
September 23, 2018

Our society is broken and needs fixing

A few days ago, our energetic minister of police released the annual crime statistics, giving us a picture of how we are doing as a nation in this area of life.
September 22, 2018

Watch with ECG functionality will shake up the SA health industry

Apple just released its series 4 watch with ECG functionality approved by the Food and Drugs Administration. This qualifies it as a medical device.
September 23, 2018

Land question needs urgent attention or SA risks going up in flames

I do not want to die. I do not want any of us to die. It is as simple as that.
September 23, 2018

Forget not the crimes of state capture

It must be hoped that honour, that essential human attribute, does not eventually suffer the fate of the dinosaur, especially among Homo sapiens of the subspecies “Safricans”.
September 23, 2018

Editorial: Just do it – now

President Cyril Ramaphosa simply had to act. Not to take action would almost have been treasonous. South Africa has gradually been enveloped by a sense of creeping despair and crisis. The unexpected announcement of a technical recession, coupled with
September 23, 2018

Lost morality of a lost generation

Teenager ordered to give the victim’s family two goats and a cow to expunge the humiliation she caused, writes Madimetja Mogotlane.
September 23, 2018

The rainbow nation 2.0

In 2018 employing two languages interchangeably in conversation is common practice, at least for most South African millennials I know. This phenomenon is referred to as code-mixing or code-switching.
September 23, 2018

We owe the youth the right history

The more we write and read, the more we will learn to appreciate our heritage, writes Luzoko Koti.
September 23, 2018

The solution is simple: reframe the problem

While frantically searching for a lost pom pom dog, my mother said to my daughter: “Let’s reframe the problem. What do we do if we can’t find the pom pom dog?”.
September 23, 2018

For many pupils it's just the pits

Sanitation facilities either nonexistent or filthy and a serious health risk.
September 21, 2018

Human capital is critical. Africa must invest in health and education

Every time I visit Africa, I am struck by two things that go hand in hand: the youth and the energy, writes Bill Gates
September 21, 2018

The art of doing good, for business’ (and everyone’s) sake

Doing good is good business. Always.
September 21, 2018

Evidence doesn’t support the positive opinions favouring medicinal dagga

Research has shown that 9% of individuals who experiment with dagga will become addicted to it. This number increases to one in six when use starts during adolescence.
September 21, 2018

Empowering women lies at the centre of population growth in Africa

If couples can make decisions about their lives it will also improve the continent's future by changing the population growth scenario.
September 21, 2018

How the mining industry is dealing with the fight against TB

South Africa’s mining industry is conscious that, for a range of reasons, tuberculosis (TB) and HIV-Aids are a special challenge for our members and their employees.
September 21, 2018

Qualifications alone will not relieve the state’s skills crisis

The announcement from Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene that officials must beef up on qualifications is a step in the right direction.
September 21, 2018

Despair and exclusion – how racism can be a catalyst for poor mental health

Earlier this week, an individual published several comments on Facebook, describing how “there is a clear problem with black children being violent”.
September 20, 2018

SA’s top court legalises the private use of marijuana. Why it’s a good thing

South Africa’s Constitutional Court has passed down a judgment that makes it legal for adults to cultivate and smoke marijuana in their homes. The court – the country’s highest – ruled that the right to privacy was violated by prohibiting the possession, purchase or cultivation of cannabis for personal consumption by an adult in a private dwelling.
September 20, 2018

Cosatu must focus on its unions so it can positively change workers’ lives

Real or perceived, workers are losing faith in some trade unions. They regard some union leaders as unreliable, unaccountable, selfish and greedy individuals who seek to use them as the ladder for their selfish interests.
September 19, 2018

Handing land to black farmers: More complicated than you think

There’s a lot more to it than simply handing land to black farmers, writes Peter Delius.
September 18, 2018

Land question can be addressed diligently under section 25

High court advocate Kgositoi Aubrey Sedupane argues that the land question can be addressed under Section 25
September 18, 2018

SA is at war with herself. It must be stopped from the top

The recent statistics released by the police department under the leadership of Bheki Cele are appalling.
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September 23 2018