Voices

March 25, 2019

Mondli Makhanya: How will South Africans’ (un)happiness affect the election?

Your initial reaction when you see South Africa’s ranking on the World Happiness Index is that it is bulldust because, at number 106, we rank below nations that definitely cannot be happier than us, this nation of kwaito, gqom and sakkie-sakkie.
March 24, 2019

The mess at Eskom is no laughing matter

Have you heard about stage 10 load shedding? It’s where Eskom takes the spark out of your relationship.
March 24, 2019

Editorial: Busi, this horse is a skeleton

We are told that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has too small a budget to thoroughly investigate cases.
March 14, 2019

Worried about healthcare? You can play an active role in your safety

We read and hear a lot about things not going right during the delivery of healthcare.
March 22, 2019

Reason must reign

As intolerance rises globally, South Africans need to take control of public debate from the elite and inject rational thinking so we can effectively tackle the race issue, writes Jason Musyoka.
March 22, 2019

The country’s brand has to be prioritised

According to independent policy adviser Simon Anholt’s 2004 Journal, Place Branding, the hexagon model for managing competitive identity of a country can be done using six channels of communication.
March 22, 2019

Addressing jobs crisis is key in this election

Leaders must find ways to harness tech to create work prospects, write Themba Moleketi and Duduetsang Mokoele.
March 22, 2019

Democracy’s surplus people

Apartheid’s Surplus People were those millions of black South Africans who were forcibly relocated in the implementation of spatial racial segregation. Democracy has its own surplus people – those who have been relocated since 1994, or are facing removal for mining-related activities, including in KZN.
March 21, 2019

Twelve strikes and you are out is the wrong approach

A few weeks ago our country’s transport department came out smoking and it was not on the newly decriminalised herb. Tired of the perennial loss of lives on our roads during the festive season, the die was cast.
March 21, 2019

War on women and children will turn the tide if the state is invested

Driven to state debt levels of more than 55% of GDP we have seen selfish, parochial interests servicing a parasitic elite that has grounded the country’s economy and fast tracked the country into an almost failed African state.
March 21, 2019

Delays in providing pupils with safe schools is a violation of human rights

To understand the education system in South Africa post-democracy, is to understand the historical factors that shaped and continue to shape the education system in our country.
March 21, 2019

Is there anything to celebrate this Human Rights Day?

What, exactly, are we celebrating on Human Rights Day this year?.
March 20, 2019

The trickster and the Zulus: Zakes Mda talks about his latest novel

Zakes Mda’s latest novel, a devastating tale of the display of black bodies for white amusement, was launched last week. It is also a subversive work; a retelling of history that is steeped in humanity and wit. Charl Blignaut sat down with him.
March 19, 2019

Where are the women? Where are the youngsters? Come now, Ramaphosa

Mr President, you currently preside over and chair a Cabinet has that has 0% youth representation.
March 19, 2019

Looting of land rights continues as Parliament signs two controversial bills

Two bills recently rammed through Parliament will benefit traditional and political leaders, not the poorest and most vulnerable in the country.
March 19, 2019

We are right to worry about the EFF being in power

If EFF leader Julius Malema becomes president of South Africa, will there still be freedom of the press? Or will journalists be pelted with stones, as well as all sorts of insults and abuse?
March 19, 2019

Mondli Makhanya: When spooks fall apart

The ANC must act on the security panel’s recommendations and return to being a political party, not a spy agency, writes Mondli Makhanya.
March 18, 2019

Why I won’t vote

I’ve been asked who I’ll be giving my vote to at the general elections on May 8 and what my views on the political landscape are. I do my best to refrain from such banter because I end up either being made to feel bad or I end up coming across as completely thoughtless.
March 18, 2019

Mondli Makhanya: SA’s voters have grown up and cannot be taken for granted by ANC

A few elections ago, a close friend was stopped by an ANC canvasser at his gate while arriving home from work.
March 17, 2019

Editorial: ANC’s middle finger

This week the ANC, rather reluctantly, published its top 100 names of members who are on its parliamentary list. There was a reason the party appeared to be holding back – the list represents everything the party has denied it is.
March 17, 2019

Miss Curvy denigrates women

Focus on the natural and cultural diversity, write Brenda Boonabaana and Amos Ochieng.
March 17, 2019

Editorial: Let us fight hate and build a shared future

HATE. ANGER. PREJUDICE. RACISM. VIOLENCE. ABUSE. RAPE. MURDER. INTOLERANCE. In our schools, communities, countries, religions, politics, beliefs and behaviour – the cultures of fear, anger, hate and intolerance have pervaded every facet of our world.
March 15, 2019

Risk in Nigeria: Buhari is respected but there is a reason why only 36% voted

The re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s leader represents a confirmation of the current status quo in the country.
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March 24 2019