On Not Reducing Racism to Apartheid
Date Released : 23/01/2015We would be more effective at dealing with the endemic racism in our society if we didn’t relentlessly speak in a manner that
South Africa 2014: Let’s have the good news
Date Released : 12/12/2014In a year which has sometimes seemed to be wall-to-wall murder trials, parliamentary chaos and blackouts, it’s been easy to lose track of the good stuff. REBECCA DAVIS rounds up some of the non-political ‘good news’ happenings in South Africa, or achievements by South Africans, in 2014.
Op-Ed: Rebuilding democracy - time to use our own power!
Pistorius trial: Athlete could yet be convicted of murder
Date Released : 11/12/2014While the National Prosecuting Authority might not be calling it a victory outright, there must have been sighs of relief in the NPA corridors on Wednesday.
Malema's greatest test so far
Date Released : 10/12/2014South Africa has a pretty difficult history when it comes to the formation of new political parties.
2014 South African Person of the Year: 2nd Runners-up, Oscar Pistorius and Shrien Dewani
Date Released : 09/12/2014The Daily Maverick’s Person of the Year, decided on annually by Daily Maverick staff, does not constitute an endorsement of the individuals in question.
New rouble crisis unlikely, but we cannot relax
Date Released : 08/12/2014THE Russian rouble has plummeted against the dollar since the middle of the year.
Betrayal chronicles: The agonising case of Apartheid’s black collaborators
Date Released : 05/12/2014Perhaps it’s a sign of our growing historical distance from Apartheid’s formal structures – though not from its legacies
SA Reconciliation Barometer 2014: The struggle against Apartheid amnesia
Date Released : 04/12/2014Every year the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation brings out its Reconciliation Barometer, and often its findings make for uncomfortable reading.
National Key Points: ‘Transparency necessary to repair the rot’
Date Released : 04/12/2014In the long-running game between the government and the media, the key is really the ability of reporters to get government to cough up information.
Some Are Soldiers, Others ‘Straatmeide”
Date Released : 04/12/2014Reports that Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), called Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, “a straatmeid” following a verbal exchange that came close to a physical altercation between Zulu and EFF Member of Parliament, Godrich Gardee, is a crude reminder of the sexist double-standards faced by female guerillas in the aftermath of war where they are expected to conform to dominant ideas of feminine respectability.
ANC trying to fix democracy by suspending it
Date Released : 03/12/2014YOU don’t make democracy work by putting it on hold. This is why the African National Congress (ANC) won’t have a functioning youth wing until
Death stats SA: It’s disease, not crime, killing us softly
Date Released : 03/12/2014Some days our national narrative seems to be so dominated by fears for our safety that it can be easy to forget that most South Africans do not die in a hail of bullets, at the point of a knife, at the hands of a lover or in an unroadworthy vehicle.
SA must see its talents in midst of its dysfunction
Date Released : 02/12/2014ABOUT a decade ago, one of my childhood friends, Michael, called me to tell me he had made it into the SA-Cuba medical training programme.
Pam Yako's response to criticism of her remuneration
Date Released : 01/12/2014Makana administrator responds to criticism of her R27 000 per day "salary" to fix up Grahamstown
Gap between leaders and members at heart of Cosatu’s troubles
Date Released : 26/11/2014THE Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) seems willing to try to put itself back together again.
Analysis: Government’s 16 Days of Activism could do with less prayer and more money.
Date Released : 25/11/2014This is the 15th year in which South Africa has taken part in the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.
Op-Ed: Let there be peace… in Parliament?
Date Released : 25/11/2014As the dust finally begins to settle on the chaos and mess that has been the National Assembly over the last two weeks, a broader picture is finally beginning to emerge of the very real dynamics and problems the leaderships of the various parties are facing.
Op-Ed: Defending socioeconomic rights, the frontline of democracy
Date Released : 21/11/2014Below the surface of the Nkandla scandal currently paralysing parliament is the fact that the monies misused were intended to meet basic needs of impoverished citizens.
Parliament diary: A dishonourable farce
Date Released : 21/11/2014What blessed relief to hear MPs in the National Assembly on Thursday finally get down to discussing the Medium Term Budget. What a shame that the debate came over six hours after the start of the Parliamentary sitting, when many South Africans would likely have given up following events.
Investor exit behind fall in commodity prices
Date Released : 24/11/2014THE rapid fall in the oil price to below $80 a barrel will provide welcome relief to cash-strapped South Africans.
Ten minutes with the Iron Lady of South Africa
Date Released : 21/11/2014The storm that is raging in the National Assembly shows no signs of abating. Hot on the heels of last Thursday night’s filibuster/police drama came Wednesday’s filibuster 2.0, including personal insults, racial subtext, and even the odd substantive idea.
By ignoring historical context in Parliament the ANC has blurred the line between rule and practice.
Date Released : 21/11/2014here is nothing obvious about the fracas that members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are causing in Parliament. Anybody who argues the contrary is lying — regardless of whether they agree with the EFF that it is about freedom of speech and dress, or with the ANC, which maintains it is about basic parliamentary civility, or with the Democratic Alliance, that always manages to take that crucial political selfie with the most visible underdog at the right time.
Saartjie Baartman is not 'the original booty queen'.
Date Released : 21/11/2014Danielle Bowler says comparing Saartjie Baartman with Kim K and Nicki Minaj is historically reckless.
Matthew Lester: How f***ed are the poor in RSA?
Date Released : 19/11/2014Sorry to ABIL’s ex director Tami Sokutu, I just cannot leave this theme alone.
Parliament diary: Peace no more.
Date Released : 20/11/2014It took little more than 24 hours for the truce between parties negotiated by Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday to fall apart.
Moves to empower chiefs bad for democracy
Date Released : 19/11/2014DOES the African National Congress (ANC) now feel more comfortable with chiefs and princes than with the people?
Riot Police in Parliament
Date Released : 18/11/2014When the ANC raised Jacob Zuma above the rule of law and the scrutiny of parliament they repeated, on live television, an aspect of the logic with which the subaltern classes are routinely governed.
EFF MPs embody local-level ANC culture
Date Released : 18/11/2014THERE’s an African idiom that warns that if you let your child be a menace to the community, one day that same child will chase you around the house with your own sjambok.
Writing on the wall for state of siege.
Words from the wise: Moseneke on the (legal) state of the nation.
Date Released : 17/11/2014On Tuesday Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke was widely quoted as suggesting that the President has too much power in the making of appointments to some of the top jobs of state.
Parliament diary: While wounds are licked, questions remain.
Date Released : 17/11/2014After last week’s discomfiting events in Parliament, culminating in police entering the National Assembly to forcibly remove a female EFF MP who had insulted President Jacob Zuma, many are wondering what the way forward is to restore Parliamentary relations.
Matthew Lester: The thing that keeps me awake at night
Date Released : 13/11/2014It must be damn tough to be South Africa’s minister of finance. Personally I would rather gut fish.
SACP helped push Numsa’s expulsion from Cosatu
Date Released : 13/11/2014THERE was a time when the South African Communist Party (SACP) terrified supporters of a market economy. Today, it is more likely to frighten the left.
Parliament diary: It wasn’t Zuma’s fault, says Nkandla committee
Date Released : 12/11/2014The Parliamentary committee set up to consider the issue of security upgrades on President Zuma’s Nkandla home has completed its final report.
The New JSC in a Man’s World.
Date Released : 12/11/2014The October 2014 round of Judicial Service Commission (JSC) interviews had been greatly anticipated, particularly because of the composition of the new JSC.
Matthew Lester: Will stamping out tax evasion solve the world’s tax problems?
Date Released : 11/11/2014A director of a listed company, exhausted by multiple SARS audits, recently complained to me that big companies are overly targeted by SARS. So here is an explanation.
Murder trial of Zwelethu Mthethwa: Justice delayed.
Op-Ed: 16 days of no violence against women and children - Women’s ministry colludes with patriarchy.
Date Released : 11/11/2014It has been reported in a media release from various feminist organisations that the ministry of women in the presidency invited organisations to a meeting about plans for 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children.
Rapid growth only real option to fight inequality
Date Released : 10/11/2014A RECENT World Bank Report highlights the effectiveness of SA’s fiscal policies in reducing inequality and poverty.
Op-Ed: Give Dan and Steve their own homeland. Please.
Date Released : 10/11/2014You might find the thought of a separatist white Afrikaner state repugnant. But, when you consider the possibility of permanently getting rid of everyone who actually wants to live in it, the idea might not be so bad.
When the split hits the fan: Vavi’s future at a crossroads
Five ingredients for a sensational South African story.
Date Released : 04/11/2014From Oscar Pistorius and Shrien Dewani to the murder of soccer star Senzo Meyiwa: A ready formula has been worked out to catch the public’s interest, writes Verashni Pillay.
On being mis-recognised: Julian Hewitt and the angry black woman.
Making a Sow’s Ear from Palestinian Protest
Date Released : 03/11/2014The recent decision by the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) to place a pig’s head in what was assumed to be the kosher section of Woolworths, and then, in fact, turned out to be the halal section, could be written off as a mere “fail of the week.”
Beyond 'Rebels' and 'Terrorists': On the Chibok Girls and Post 9/11 Militarism.
Date Released : 03/11/2014“What a stupid idea to announce a ceasefire with Boko Haram, who came up with that? Is it that these people don’t think? ...They are eager to announce good news. Elections are coming fast. Announce good news and then make a fool of yourself. Haba. The most stupid part was suggesting a day for the release of the girls.”
The commodification of Reeva Steenkamp’s life
Date Released : 29/10/2014Season two of Aaron Sorkin’s series The Newsroom tracks journalists in an American television news show agonising over a ground-breaking story.
If Cosatu splits, labour relations may get boost it needs
Date Released : 29/10/2014IF THE Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) splits, labour relations may become more difficult in the short term.
Must we sacrifice Kelly Khumalo as well?
Date Released : 28/10/2014In a democratic South Africa, the level of judgement and vitriol levelled at Kelly Khumalo – Senzo Meyiwa’s girlfriend – is deeply distressing.
The Pistorius Appeal: Bring it on
Sisulu: Minister of Human Unsettlements?
Date Released : 27/10/2014One of the achievements that the ANC often boasts about is the provision of housing to the homeless.
The twin scourge of promise and legacy.
Date Released : 27/10/2014Suggesting that only older people need help in redressing the problems created by apartheid is wrong, says Eusebius McKaiser.
Divided City: Breaking the pact of silence
THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH OF RACE
Date Released : 24/10/2014Danielle Bowler says that our experiences of the world are acutely linked to the colour of our skin.
What would a COSATU fracture mean for the ANC?
Date Released : 22/10/2014In the brand-spanking new building that is Cosatu House in Braamfontein, the federation’s Central Executive Committee is considering the federation’s future.
Op-Ed: The erosion of trust and paralysis in crucial institutions
Date Released : 23/10/2014For leadership to be respected there must be trust. Quite clearly across a wide spectrum of government, that trust has disappeared.
Jenna’s story: Every breath counts
Date Released : 23/10/2014Jenna Lowe is one of 4,300 South Africans awaiting an organ transplant (excluding those who are unaware that they are experiencing end stage organ failure, or realise too late).
SABC chair sets her lawyers on Parliament
Date Released : 22/10/2014Ellen Tshabalala’s lawyers have launched a bid to stop an inquiry that had resolved to have her suspended for lying about her qualifications.
Matthew Lester: My assessment of the 2014 Mini-Budget
Date Released : 22/10/2014New Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene this afternoon delivered his first major speech to Parliament in his new role.
Matthew Lester: Preview of the maxi Important Mini Budget (video)
Our democracy needs free flow
Date Released : 21/10/2014MY SAY When the new editor of the Business Day visited the Rhodes School of Journalism and Media Studies in September, he surprisingly talked less about doing business journalism and quite a lot about the precarious state of the freedom to know and use information in South Africa.
Online anonymity: Free to be someone else.
Date Released : 20/10/2014Internet use has come full circle, with anonymity becoming prized after years of personal info being shared online, writes Alistair Fairweather
Less costly independent schools now a necessity
Date Released : 20/10/2014THERE was a bit of a media brouhaha recently, when Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said he would be sending his child to a private school. Malema was accused of being a hypocrite given the EFF position that stipulates that public officials must use public services.
Refugees: Out of the frying pan and into the fire of South Africa’s healthcare system
Date Released : 17/10/2014Signatory to the UN refugee convention, and boasting arguably the most progressive Constitution in the world, South Africa is often perceived to be a safe-haven for refugees fleeing conflict and persecution in their own countries.
Black consciousness: Time to breach the white hole of oppression
Date Released : 16/10/2014Many arguments have arisen out of the article by Gillian Schutte titled "Dear white people" (M&G Thought Leader, January 2) .
The ANC’s internal politics: Is Zuma's gravity field waning?
Date Released : 16/10/2014There is a tendency, when considering our politics, to presume that what Number One wants, Number One gets.
Choose your own path, young intellectual
Date Released : 15/10/2014At a seminar on black thought held at Wits last week, Afro-Jewish philosopher and political thinker Lewis Gordon gave an illuminating talk on “black thought”.
Cosatu: Approaching Armageddon
Date Released : 15/10/2014With so many different dynamics, claims, and finger gestures in our politics, it can be hard to concentrate on the really important trends - the ones that are going to have a major impact in the longer term
Matthew Lester: Tax alert – big news coming in next week’s Mini Budget
Whites not in right head-space
Date Released : 13/10/2014White South Africans don’t just have an unexamined sense of entitlement, but also an embedded sense of superiority, writes Eusebius McKaiser.
Judging the judges: Professionalism, transformation and an active citizenry
Date Released : 10/10/2014Despite the predominance of political appointments, on being appointed many judges acted according to a conception of professionalism that made them unsympathetic to arbitrary and unfettered apartheid government discretion.
Our economic weakness is of our own making
Date Released : 13/10/2014AFTER decades of poor economic performance, sub-Saharan Africa’s growth is taking off.
Heather Dugmore: When R200 is your make or break – green solutions save the day
Date Released : 13/10/2014When you are living on an income of R1 500 per month and you are able to cut your electricity bill by R200 per month, it is a significant saving.
Education: What’s the point of it all?
Date Released : 10/10/2014A few weeks ago, I read an article to my Grade 11 students with the headline “Youth unemployment in South Africa.
Lesetja Kganyago of the Reserve Bank: Right man for the job, wrong man for the Left
Date Released : 08/10/2014On Monday President Jacob Zuma appointed Lesetja Kganyago as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank.
Heather Dugmore: Stem cell transplants are saving lives in SA
Date Released : 08/10/2014Stem cells are either a miracle of modern medicine or the work of Satan – depending on whom you ask.
Matthew Lester: Investing local is still lekker
Chris Hani and the Arms Deal bombshell: A death that still hangs over us
Date Released : 08/10/2014On Wednesday the arms deal activist Terry Crawford-Browne went before the Arms Deal Commission and dropped a bombshell.
Mozambique: The little opposition party that could
Date Released : 08/10/2014Mozambique’s political duopoly is being shattered by the upstarts of the Movimento Democrático de Moçambique, who reckon they could cause an upset – if not in these presidential elections (coming up next week) then in the next.
The Banting diet reimagined for politicians
Date Released : 07/10/2014Carbs are the devil. Just ask Professor Tim Noakes. I’m not so sure about his Banting diet. At first I thought that it was called that because presumably all you could eat were triangular-shaped scraps hanging from a string, a sort of foodie take on bunting. But I was wrong. Apparently you can eat that AND chunks of meat, preferably stewed in fat, with some fat on the side.
Julius Malema and the better capitalists
Date Released : 06/10/2014Julius Malema appeared in court last week and with him, a Louis Vuitton belt.
Competition for schools has parents at wits’ ends
Date Released : 07/10/2014THERE is a joke going around in the human rights legal fraternity that much of its litigation against the Department of Basic Education is akin to taking the Post Office to court to get stamps. That is how pedantic the struggle for improving education for the majority children in SA has become.
Heather Dugmore: The White Slaves of Africa
Date Released : 03/10/2014We are keenly aware of the atrocities of the black slave trade in Africa, but not many know that there was also an active white slave trade on the continent between the 1600s and 1800s.
Behind the Icon – Tebello Nyokong: The compassionate scientist
Date Released : 06/10/2014This week, 21 Icons focuses its lens on the 10th icon of its second season: Tebello Nyokong
Bulelani Ngcuka strikes back: Too little, too late
Date Released : 06/10/2014In a story as long and as complicated as that of the Zuma Spy Tapes, it takes quite a lot to surprise anyone.
The assassination surge on those fighting corruption
Date Released : 03/10/2014On Monday evening, not long after the sun went down, a man with a gun stepped out of the dark and into the everyday domestic routine in Thuli Ndlovu’s home in KwaNdengezi, Durban.
'Fight back!' Universities must put teaching at their front and centre
Date Released : 03/10/2014It is fashionable these days to suggest that the university has reached the end of one of its lives. What do you think underlies this thinking and, if it is correct, how do you see the next life of the university?
Who's Heritage Day is it anyway?
Date Released : 26/09/2014It is not difficult to come to the conclusion that we are steeped in a deep heritage of assassinating each other WEDNESDAY, September 24, was Heritage Day.
Baleka Mbete: She coulda been a contender - STEPHEN GROOTES
Date Released : 30/09/2014As President Jacob Zuma continues to hog the headlines with scandals past and present, the speculation around who will take over from him has begun.
The 2014 Ibrahim Index: Cause for concern as Africa's governance role models slip up
Date Released : 30/09/2014Another year, another Ibrahim Index of African Governance. The continent’s governance barometer was released on Monday, and its results make for some disturbing reading. If Africa Rising is your thing, look away now. By SIMON ALLISON.
Op-Ed: Minister Motsoaledi, we need more medical doctors
Date Released : 02/10/2014The attitude of government towards private investment, the private sector, and capitalism in general can sometimes be a little more than schizophrenic.
Op-ed: Will Zuma go down and will he go alone?
Date Released : 02/10/2014It has become commonplace for analysts to speculate on President Jacob Zuma's future.
In democracies, law is important but politics is decisive
Date Released : 01/10/2014THE constitution and the law are there to ensure that democratic politics happens within agreed rules — not to make politics go away.
Op-Ed: Patriarchy is part of our heritage, but not to be celebrated
Date Released : 30/09/2014When we engage patriarchy as heritage we need to engage with resistance to oppression of women as well.
Cultivating a reading culture is key to the country's future
Date Released : 29/09/2014Tomorrow is International Translation Day, and so it is an appropriate day on which to ask: Why is literacy important?
Tim Noakes to critics: Let’s take off our shirts and compare
Date Released : 29/09/2014As we all know by now Professor Tim Noakes believes that it is not proteins and fats but rather carbohydrates and sugars that are the culprits of ill health and obesity.
Fringe Festival: Crazy in Love captures our hearts, even as it loses its mind
Date Released : 29/09/2014The Conspiracy of Clowns is back, united once again in Cape Town, and boy, are they announcing their Mother City entrance with a bang. By CARLA LEVER.
Matthew Lester: Rising food prices, a spark that ignites unrest
Date Released : 29/09/2014“Cry havoc – and let loose the Dogs of War.” Frederick Forsyth didn’t pen the line.
Dear ANC, stop apologising for winning freedom
Date Released : 29/09/2014Since coming into power in 1994, the ANC under Mandela learnt the art of being a party full of apologies.
Tall Thales: Sunday Times Arms Deal exposé drills holes in Zuma's version
Date Released : 29/09/2014On Sunday the Sunday Times splashed with a front-page story that spoke for itself: “Exposed! How Arms Dealer Bankrolled Zuma”, shouted the headline.
Job disparities according to race are alarming
Date Released : 29/09/2014A Recent report by Statistics SA provides interesting insights on employment and unemployment in SA.
Matthew Lester: Goodbye Great SA Summer Holiday – and coastal fun spots
Date Released : 25/09/2014Matthew Lester has a light pen. And a way of teaching us about his speciality – tax – by working lessons through seemingly unrelated stories.
South Africa: After the End of Our Innocence
Date Released : 26/09/2014From our increasingly riotous streets to our ever more fractious parliament, it is undeniably clear that South Africa is not a country at ease with itself.
EFF's rise: When and how will the Empire strike back?
Date Released : 26/09/2014If you had to pose the question who has benefitted the most politically since the results of our elections in May were announced, there could really only be one answer.
Heather Dugmore: Are superbugs like Ebola winning the war?
Date Released : 21/09/2014Well researched, well argued. well concluded. At a 55% fatality rate, we need to be worried about Ebola. All of us. But what’s scary about this Heather Dugmore piece is that Ebola is only one of many threats to humanity’s health. Superbugs are mushrooming. – AH
RIP Mangaung's corruption resolution, RIP
Date Released : 25/09/2014Saying corruption is a problem in our society is like saying Floyd Shivambu isn’t afraid of using gestures when he can’t find his words.
Analysis: Russia and South Africa, together for decades
Divorce by Facebook - why online affairs rarely end happily ever after
Date Released : 20/09/2014Reading Heather Dugmore’s piece reminded me of a friend who joined the mushrooming statistics of Divorce by Facebook.
False divide posed between legislature, executive and PP
Date Released : 24/09/2014WHILE many eyes have been glued to the drama that played out in parliament during the debate of no confidence in the speaker, it is possible to miss the structural implications, the erosion of the standing of parliament and other public institutions, potentially crippling democratic rule.
Frenzy of Oscar books kicks off: Ex-girlfriend’s mother first to the finish line
Date Released : 24/09/2014The Oscar Pistorius publishing industry is already in gear. One of the first titles out of the blocks is ‘Oscar:
Pistorius less a source of shame than Griekwastad - Nomalanga Mkhize
Date Released : 23/09/2014I am afraid I have succumbed to the lure of "oscar" commentary and wish to offer a somewhat different view from Jonny Steinberg's "racial shame" explanation, on this page last week, of many white South Africans' antagonistic responses to the athlete's murder acquittal.
Gwedeism rises again
Date Released : 23/09/2014It’s a crying shame when you have to defend your party’s position against the mind-blowingly bizarre and embarrassing utterances of one of its leaders – a leader who does not speak for you or the actual policies.
The SA highway to democracy: Potholes and bumps, but still there
Date Released : 23/09/2014While listening to the discourse that dominates South Africa - the tales of crime and corruption, the middle-fingers in Parliament and the fights around democracy and our rights - it is easy to become rather depressed. There can be a sense that it should not have come to this, that we deserved better.
Why God’s not a moral imperative
Date Released : 22/09/2014God plays no necessary role in moral reasoning, writes Eusebius McKaiser.
Op-Ed: Youth unemployment in SA – Apartheid is alive and well
Date Released : 23/09/2014There are a number of white South Africans who complain that the local job market excludes white recruits. This narrative, when it arises, often comes with fears that “our children won’t get jobs” and that there is “no future” for them in the country. But are these fears valid?
Matthew Lester: Whose Heritage Day is it anyway?
Date Released : 22/09/2014Wednesday 24 September is Heritage Day. It is a pity that our country, so rich in heritage, seems to have reduced this important day to a bring-and-braai pissup.
Smiles and prayers as Nigerians U-turn on co-operation
Date Released : 21/09/2014TB Joshua's church has turned from attacking potential rescuers to helping them.
An integrated varsity system is the way forward
Date Released : 21/09/2014Institutions that have different mandates and duties - and co-operate with one another - will best serve South Africa, write Adam Habib, Peter Mbati and Mahlo Mokgalong
Heather Dugmore: Destruction of Brand Oscar – lessons for business and life
Date Released : 19/09/2014Reading this superb contribution by Heather Dugmore reminded me of two bits of business advice kept closest to my heart.
TB Joshua, a 'false prophet', must come clean
Date Released : 19/09/2014Matthew 24:24: "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."
The sudden dwindling of Thabo Mbeki
Date Released : 19/09/2014Six years ago SA's president was ousted by his enemies in the ANC. An ex-editor looks back
MPs’ financial interests revealed: Some cats are fatter than others
SA compass: Pointing South for the foreseeable future
Date Released : 18/09/2014On Wednesday afternoon, the chair of Corruption Watch, former Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, wrote to President Jacob Zuma to ask him again to fire the Deputy Minister of Defence, Kebby Maphatsoe.
Deja-hullaballoo: Another EFFing walk-out as Parliament’s Mr Rich gets grilled
Op-Ed: Legality, constitutionalism and transformation
Date Released : 17/09/2014While many eyes have been glued to the drama played out in Parliament during the debate of no confidence in the Speaker, it is possible to miss the structural implications, the erosion of the standing of Parliament and other public institutions, potentially crippling democratic rule. By RAYMOND SUTTNER.
Earth to Vavi: There are worse labour issues than Generations
Date Released : 16/09/2014Why is Zwelinzima Vavi spending his precious political capital on a boycott of Generations in support of highly-paid actors, asks Verashni Pillay.
Preference for insult over argument will damage SA’s democracy
Date Released : 17/09/2014WHY do many of our politicians believe that an old idea becomes new if you add an insult to it — and that you win an argument when you call your opponent names? Because they know that this is what the national debate expects from them.
If Zuma goes what do we do about leftover situation
Date Released : 17/09/2014THERE is much speculation over the future of President Jacob Zuma as a number of critical issues come simultaneously to a head.
The Islamic State: Why Africa should be worried
Date Released : 16/09/2014The emergence of the Islamic State is the most significant development in Islamist extremism since the 9/11 attacks.
True leadership is grounded in humility, service and ethics
Date Released : 01/09/2014Over the weekend, I was honoured to receive the Distinguished Old Rhodian Award from my alma mater, Rhodes University, from which I graduated in 1988.
Matthew Lester: Bravo Tim Noakes – stuff those empty suits and their dusty tomes
Date Released : 17/09/2014My favorite book ever, even beyond JD Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye’, is Apsley Cherie-Garrard’s ‘the worst journey in the world.
Matthew Lester: Judge Masipa got Oscar judgement spot on. Here’s why.
Date Released : 15/09/2014For the past two years even the National Budget Speech has been chased out of the media spotlight by Oscar Pistorius.
Everywhere is war
Date Released : 16/09/2014Danielle Bowler says that multiple identities have multiple, concomitant sites of oppression.
Tales of a Divided City: In Praise of Potholes - Pedro Tabensky
Date Released : 15/09/2014This article was originally published in Grocott's Mail and has been republished with the permission of its author.
The life-or-death case you'd have missed on #OscarDay: Human rights, the law and Home Affairs
Date Released : 11/09/2014Our Home Affairs department has recently been in the news for its valiant attempts to keep people out of South Africa.
Analysis: Panicky Ebola rhetoric is a smart fundraising tool
Breaking the pact of silence
Date Released : 12/09/2014My mother was raped by a church elder, something that would affect the rest of her life. This made what happened after, something even worse.
SA must cut exposure to fickle global investors
Date Released : 15/09/2014TWO developments dominated the economic news in recent days. The first was the unexpectedly large increase in SA's current account deficit to 6.2% of gross domestic product (GDP) — in money terms, a deficit of R222bn a year.
Analysis: On journalism in a post-Oscar trial world
Date Released : 15/09/2014The Oscar Pistorius trial may be over, but there’s a high likelihood of an appeal coming.
How the US and South Africa became friends again
Date Released : 15/09/2014SA's reaction to Kebby Maphatsoe's CIA comments is a far cry from the tense relationship with the US under Thabo Mbeki, writes Verashni Pillay.
Op-Ed: Building unity to end civic powerlessness
Date Released : 11/09/2014Beneath the headline-grabbing clamour about Nkandla, "spy tapes", the role of the Public Protector and many other issues that jostle for our attention, there is a deeper malaise - the threat to constitutional democracy and the nation-building process.
BIKO IS CENTRAL TO THE LIVES OF TODAY'S YOUTH
Date Released : 11/09/2014His ideas touched the elements of identity and pride WE HAVE never fully recovered from the loss and emptiness that the death of Steve Biko caused us. We have buried many of our loved ones after Biko.
Humanities bedevilled by affinity to dated ideas
Date Released : 09/09/2014IN THE wake of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a small contingent of health workers and scientists has been on the front lines of fighting the disease in laboratories, hospitals and makeshift World Health Organisation care centres in under-resourced villages and towns.
Judge Masipa got it wrong
Date Released : 12/09/2014Eusebius McKaiser says Oscar Pistorius could have foreseen that shooting through a door four times could have killed somebody.
Foundations are laid to tackle the mud schools debacle
Date Released : 12/09/2014The Eastern Cape education department must make public its schedule of repairs
Women in the 1980s and 1990s
Date Released : 11/09/2014It was the reign of the Madonna of the Townships. It was the heyday of the South African alternative music revolution.
Fest has huge impact on EC
Date Released : 09/09/2014At a recent arts conference in the Eastern Cape, echoing what he has said on various online platforms, policy activist and playwright Mike van Graan hit out at the National Arts Festival.
Eradicating poor gender and race habits in universities
Date Released : 11/09/2014The patriarchal and racist institutional culture at local institutions ofhigher learning must be challenged, an education conference has heard.
Mbalula: A champion of social cohesion
Date Released : 09/09/2014Sport is a powerful tool that we have so far failed to use effectively to bring people closer together in South Africa.
Right2Know: South Africa, State of Secrets
Date Released : 10/09/2014For the last few years, advocacy group Right2Know has been warning of a growing climate of secrecy within the South African government.
Obituary: Mafika Pascal Gwala's poetry 'a powerful force' With the passing of one of South Africa's finest poets, we pay tribute to his life and works.
Date Released : 09/09/2014Kwela-Ride Dompas! I looked back Dompas! I went through my pockets Not there.
Speaking in tongues: Mixed messages on the Public Protector hurt the movement
Date Released : 10/09/2014This week saw yet another storm involving the Public Protector, and frankly, the subject matter is now becoming exhausting.
Analysis: Toll roads vs. the ANC's internal dynamics
Date Released : 10/09/2014In the continuing war over e-tolls, it has been a simple scenario: we, the people, against them, the oppressive government regime.
How can courts help combat social ills?
Date Released : 26/08/2014THE more the courts do to fix poverty and inequality directly, the more likely is it that people will remain poor and unequal.
Can we say democracy has been consolidated in SA?
Date Released : 26/08/2014Much argument over South African democracy revolves around the electoral dominance of the ANC, its repeated re-election as ruling party.
Op-Ed: Will he stay or will he go now? The great Jacob Zuma question of our time
Date Released : 03/09/2014There is much speculation over the future of President Jacob Zuma as a number of critical issues come simultaneously to a head.
'CIA operative' Madonsela will be replaced by an ANC lackey
Date Released : 09/09/2014We may be in line for more ANC acolytes not just criticising the public protector, but possibly taking her place, writes Verashni Pillay.
Matthew Lester on Hansie’s legacy – Conferences, goodie bags and the taxman
Date Released : 08/09/2014When I started off on the lecture circuit, the venues were confined to school or town halls.
Analysis: Opposition jostles for position in fifth Parliament
Date Released : 06/09/2014While the DA basked in Spy Tape triumph in Pretoria, the EFF had a muted time of it in Parliament, with their first motion thoroughly defeated and mention of Julius Malema's tax bill trailing him.
Boys' clubs need a culture overhaul
Date Released : 05/09/2014Wider concerns with racial representation in academia conceal a significant gender imbalance
Unrepentant Tlakula throws in the towel
Date Released : 05/09/2014Having exhausted every legal avenue to clear her name, the IEC chair resigned before the axe fell.
Lacklustre DA alienating its young guns
Date Released : 05/09/2014The emergence of the audacious EFF shows how stale Helen Zille and Co have become
US case with Oscar parallels: Sentence reached, and it’s tough
Date Released : 08/09/2014As murder-accused athlete Oscar Pistorius prepares to learn his fate from Judge Thokozile Masipa on Thursday, sentencing was announced last week in the case of a US man who shot dead a 19-year-old woman on his porch last November.
IEC chair Pansy Tlakula resigns
Date Released : 02/09/2014Pansy Tlakula has handed in her resignation to President Jacob Zuma as chair of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), after over a year of fighting to clear her name over a botched leasing deal.
Not in our name: A letter to Thami Ka Plaatjie - LEBO KESWA
Parliament diary: Revolutionaries and rhinos
Date Released : 03/09/2014Rebecca Davis studied at Rhodes University and Oxford before working in lexicography at the Oxford English Dictionary.
SA’s mining address no longer in a prime area
Date Released : 01/09/2014THE president of the Chamber of Mines describes South Africa as "the world’s best mining address".
Why Malema belongs in Parliament
'House negro'? Your prejudice betrays your ignorance
Date Released : 26/08/2014Why is it okay to call a black DA member a ‘house negro’? How is it any different to the racism you’re supposedly decrying, asks Verashni Pillay.
ANC ignored cultural codes at Marikana
Date Released : 26/08/2014IT IS unimaginable that the shooting of mine workers by police at Marikana in August 2012 could have unfolded as it did had they been from KwaZulu-Natal.
Can South Africa's Courts Help the Fight for Social Justice?
Date Released : 25/08/2014The more the courts do to fix poverty and inequality directly, the more likely is it that people will remain poor and unequal.
Op-Ed: Has democracy been consolidated in South Africa?
Date Released : 22/08/2014Much argument over South African democracy revolves around the electoral dominance of the ANC and its repeated re-election as ruling party.
Madiba, unlike JZ, lived out Constitution’s values
Reflections on Gaza: How should my people be?
Date Released : 19/08/2014As the son of a Holocaust survivor and a refugee of mid-20th century turmoil, knowledge of the precariousness of existence has always been part of the fabric of my life, and has motivated me permanently to ask: How should I be in a way that pays respect to the suffering of my forbearers? Or, to put the point more generally, how should my people be?
Marikana, Gaza, Ferguson: 'You should think of them always as armed'
Date Released : 19/08/2014In colonial wars the occupying power invariably reaches a point where it has to acknowledge that its true enemy is not a minority - devil worshipers, communists, fanatics or terrorists - subject to external and evil manipulation, but the people as a whole.
Pansy Tlakula: A lost chance for redemption
Date Released : 19/08/2014Forget the botched lease deal. This is the story of the botched career of a woman who could have been great, writes Verashni Pillay.
Matthew Lester: Save our teachers. F$@k the cruising Abil executive
Date Released : 19/08/2014I quote from Prof Lawrence Wright lecture at Rhodes University 16 November, 2011. (Yes, that’s now nearly 4 years ago!).
Legacy of the racial subsidy has yet to be overcome
Date Released : 12/08/2014What dire household financial situation drove rock drillers to wage low-intensity war on their employers in Marikana in 2012?
Universities remain a bastion of gender discrimination
Date Released : 13/08/2014Of the 4?000 professors in SA, only 34 are women. The cards are stacked in men’s favour, says Professor Esther Ramani, and that has to change.
In defence of sweary women
Op-Ed: Citizens need to claim ethical leadership
Date Released : 18/08/2014In modern democracies most people accept that there must be leadership. However, in this era, meanings of leadership and the quality of leaders is an issue with which most societies grapple. For many people there remains a desire for leadership to be more driven by its people.
If users are to pay, they must also have a say on big projects
Date Released : 18/08/2014THE recent decision by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to grant Eskom an additional tariff hike next year to compensate
Revenue shortfalls just part of Eskom’s troubles
Date Released : 18/08/2014Commentary about Eskom’s financial woes usually focuses on the refusal by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to grant the utility its requested large annual tariff increases over the next five years.
No easy stroll to freedom for SA poetry’s restless howler
Date Released : 15/08/2014'Knock & lock-down phoney miracle politic-crony-oracles/ *most beloved for ‘suicide on the rail tracks’/ trains run through the flesh here/ travel not far for head-slices and skin-pieces,” writes Lesego Rampolokeng
The birds, the BEEs and the social butterflies of Joburg’s north
Date Released : 15/08/2014The arena of “love” among the rich black kids of northern Joburg is thrilling and tumultuous, pompous and poetic.
Showing solidarity heals
Date Released : 15/08/2014AS THE organiser of this year’s Silent Protest at Rhodes University, I read Dave Rankin’s letter to the editor (“Pointless protest”, DD August 7) with interest and empathy.
No arms sales, please, we’re South African
Date Released : 14/08/2014South Africa could often be described, perhaps euphemistically, as a fickle nation. We have wildly different views on everything.
World Elephant Day: A chance to renew efforts to save Africa’s great grey beasts
Michelle Bachelet: It’s still Chile out there for women
Date Released : 11/08/2014Chilean president Michelle Bachelet has been in town on a whirlwind tour.
Analysis: The frightening implications of a web of Spies, Lies and Politics
Date Released : 11/08/2014On Sunday, the Sunday Times and City Press newspapers appeared to be competing for the best angle on a story that could suggest, again, that the very foundation of our nation state is about to be rocked.
Reboot Makana Municipality
Date Released : 08/08/2014LIVED in the tranquil village-like university town of Grahamstown for five years. Like with all things to be remembered, it was supposed to have been for just one year pursuant of my studies as a senior student at Rhodes University's journalism school.
Op-Ed: Understanding 20 years of ‘unity in diversity’
Date Released : 07/08/2014Today, wherever we are, we hear discussion about “the failure of post-Apartheid South Africa”.
Pallo Jordan: A great life's painful question mark
Date Released : 06/08/2014This weekend the Sunday Times ran a story suggesting that Dr Pallo Jordan should drop the “Dr”. In essence, despite extensive checks, no proof could be found of his university qualifications, and Jordan suggested in an SMS that he had made some kind of Faustian pact with himself – furthermore allegedly trying to make a deal with the journalist to drop the story.
Vinny Lingham’s Gyft keeps on giving
Date Released : 06/08/2014South African tech entrepreneur Vinny Lingham continues to be a man to watch.
Business meets politics… meets evil? Not quite
Date Released : 06/08/2014There is no evil in the link between business and politics. The real issue is in how these links are managed. If we are honest with ourselves, and each other, greater transparency can be achieved in highlighting the links – which can be beneficial to all.
Some judges hate our children
Date Released : 06/08/2014The writer argues that sexual predators groom children to trust them and then assault them. He laments that our courts appear not always to realise this.
Africa’s complicated, so get it right
Date Released : 05/08/2014IN his famous essay, called “How to write about Africa”, Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina satirically advised pundits
Do newspapers hate black people?
Date Released : 05/08/2014Pallo Jordan. Phumzile van Damme. It’s tempting to think newspapers are out to make black South Africans look bad, writes Verashni Pillay.
Being radical includes defending rule of law
Date Released : 05/08/2014ARECENT contribution considered the importance of dress as a form of language, a way of communicating meanings ("Politics of dress and the Economic Freedom Fighters", DD July 29) ).
Johannesburg – the Empire City strikes back
Date Released : 05/08/2014Kassahun Gebrehana is sitting at a pavement table at an Ethiopian restaurant in a former industrial area in downtown Johannesburg. It is a crisp autumn afternoon.
Unique version of resources curse is not helpful
Date Released : 04/08/2014We often speak of "striking oil" or being a "mine" of information, analogies from the world of minerals exploitation that suggest huge value to be realised.
Letter from Stockholm: Inside Europe’s first gay old-age home
Date Released : 01/08/2014In November last year, Europe’s first retirement project exclusively for elderly members of the gay and lesbian community was launched.
EFF must avoid tactical blunders
Date Released : 29/07/2014The EFF is in danger of staying in the news, while forgetting the political aims that are the reasons for its very existence, writes Eusebius McKaiser.
More to arts and money debate than a pity party
Date Released : 29/07/2014This year marked 40 years of the Grahamstown-based National Arts Festival, which is not only the biggest festival in SA, but also in Africa.
Showing how hatred can be turned to love
Date Released : 29/07/2014Former UCT academic, TRC member and author Pumla GobodoMadikizela is helping foster all-important reconciliation by confronting our past
The freedom fairytale
Date Released : 28/07/2014In the wake of Mandela Day, Milisithando Bongela questions what the pervasive image of Madiba and the narrative of ‘reconciliation’ really means
‘The Mandela of white people’
Date Released : 28/07/2014The struggle legend does not equate with the people who spend 67 minutes painting schools, writes Malaika wa Azania.
Gaza is Everyone's Concern
Date Released : 25/07/2014The ruthless assault on Gaza has sometimes been presented in our media, and on occasion in some solidarity efforts too, as an issue that is solely of concern to Muslim people.
Mail & Guardian: Long may it last
Land, firebrands and grandstands: just another day in Parliament
Date Released : 24/07/2014Is there any political issue thornier in South Africa than “the Land Question”?
A few gentle pointers for the National Communications Task Team
Date Released : 24/07/2014It’s probably going to take at least a year for the reputation of Communications Minister Faith Muthambi to recover.
Op-Ed: Economic Freedom Fighters’ politics of dress
Date Released : 24/07/2014In a barren political environment, the EFF has understood the power of symbolism, using dress to dramatise their entry into Parliament.
Adapt or die: Malema vs. the Establishment
Date Released : 24/07/2014Julius Malema is once again in a place from which he cannot lose. Once again, he is in a situation where it looks as if his back is against the wall, where he is being condemned by all “right-thinking” people.
Unions want to join club, not change the rules
Date Released : 23/07/2014IS THE problem with the trade union movement that it is too radical — or not radical enough? As the metal strike drags on
Op-Ed: ‘Searching for Samantha’ and the bits terrorism narratives leave out
Date Released : 23/07/2014On Sunday night, Carte Blanche broadcast the BBC documentary ‘Searching for Samantha’, about the so-called ‘White Widow’ Samantha Lewthwaite and her connections to terrorism.
Gaza: Silence is not golden
Date Released : 22/07/2014Being silent or neutral is a moral cop-out for those too afraid to choose sides, says Eusebius McKaiser.
Sleeping through a revolution
Date Released : 18/07/2014Martin Luther King Junior eloquently adapted the story in the context of America sleeping through the rise of the black consciousness movement.
Op-Ed: Does parliament represent the people?
Date Released : 18/07/2014Protests are an everyday feature of life in the new South Africa. This practical, lived experience raises questions that need examination. Does voting realise its promise, and does the system work for the electorate?
Human life has relative value in more places than Gaza
Date Released : 17/07/2014AS THE Israeli state rains death on the people of Gaza we are confronted with a stark demonstration of the ways
Human life has relative value in more places than Gaza
Date Released : 17/07/2014As the Israeli state rains death on the people of Gaza we are confronted with a stark demonstration of the ways in which there is, in so many quarters, official sanction for according radically different values to human lives.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu did us a favour when he came out in support of assisted dying, writes Eusebius McKaiser.
Festival of standoffs airs some used linen
Date Released : 17/07/2014The 40th annual National Arts Festival has come and gone, and with it the usual clutch of minor controversies.
Budget vote debates: The bits you need to know
Date Released : 16/07/2014Due to Parliament’s inexplicable decision to rush through multiple budget vote debates on the same day, we saw ministerial press briefings and debates stretch from early on Tuesday morning to late into the night. Given this state of affairs, we’re left with little choice but to summarise proceedings. Heavily. (Don’t worry – we’re not turning into Buzzfeed.) But Rebecca Davis takes you through the interesting bits from yesterday’s bumper Parliamentary session.
Hey Hlaudi, let's license lying SABC executives instead?
Date Released : 15/07/2014SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has a delightful proposal for journalists: we should all be licensed. Apparently he thinks we should be treated like doctors and lawyers: proper professionals with a licence to practice, framed certificates on the wall and everything.
The SABC crisis: Just another building block in a greater humiliation
Date Released : 15/07/2014After a week in which it seemed the chaos at the SABC had reached its climax, Sunday brought news that matters were even worse than they first seemed. Not only is the COO someone who doesn’t have a matric, and lied about it. Now, according to the City Press, the chair also lied about her qualifications.
Madiba and the FBI: Spies, threats and Commies
Date Released : 14/07/2014We know that the ANC was not removed from the US State Department’s list of designated terrorist organisations until 2008.
Date Released : 11/07/2014Hlaudi Motsoeneng is the new, permanent Chief Operating Officer of the SABC.
Op-Ed: Does building non-racialism mean being colour-blind?
Date Released : 11/07/2014Building non-racialism is one of the values of South Africa’s democratic constitution.
Freedom deferred: Eugene De Kock stays under lock – for now
Date Released : 11/07/2014Prime Evil is staying in jail. Justice Minister Michael Masutha, faced with making a thorny decision that his predecessor fudged, has said that Vlakplaas commander Eugene de Kock’s parole will not be granted due to a procedural error: the families of his victims have not been consulted.
Analysis: What can South Africa learn from India’s response to sexual violence?
Date Released : 10/07/2014South Africa and its fellow-BRICS member India may share many positive traits, including economic growth potential and regional leadership status, but also some more negative characteristics: high levels of inequality and high levels of violence against women, to name two (not unconnected).
Discriminatory immigration rules are absurd
Date Released : 09/07/2014The nightclub bouncer approach to immigration is doing us more harm than good.
Need or greed? The ethical component in our politics
Date Released : 08/07/2014EVERY day we read about corruption or misappropriation of funds. Consequently, in our imagination as well as lived reality, holding office is associated with enrichment. Discussion tends to focus on illegal acts.
Mining pay should reflect rise and fall of profits
Date Released : 07/07/2014THE five-month platinum strike is thankfully at an end. Producers and workers must now focus on recovering as best they can.
Out of the armchair, into the world
Date Released : 04/07/2014The contemporary South African academic community has a rare opportunity. Unlike many other places around the globe
Marikana a turning point for SA
Less costly independent schools now a necessity
Date Released : 01/07/2014There was a bit of a media brouhaha recently, when Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said he would be sending his child to a private school.
Date Released : 23/06/2014Our real ticking time bomb may be not poverty, but what it always has been – race. Our angriest people may not be those forced to survive on much less than they need, but the black middle class.
Hosting mega-events not as valuable as thought
Date Released : 23/06/2014THE run-up to this year’s Fifa World Cup in Brazil was marred by widespread popular protests. Underlying these demonstrations are numerous social
The Bloemhof incident: Affirmative action on death row
Date Released : 12/06/2014A controversial report by a South African think tank calls for the abolition of affirmative action
Who has the last word on our past?
Date Released : 09/06/2014History is written by all those who have the resources to tell their version, writes Gary Baines.
Post-apartheid SA: ripe for evictions
Date Released : 09/06/2014When the images of forceful evictions (a word that has become the trigger to a familiar loaded gun) in the Nomzamo informal settlement in Strand emerged, shock and outrage trended on social networks.
Engaging South African politics today presents ethical dilemmas
Date Released : 10/06/2014My politicisation and later involvement in the African National Congress (ANC) and South African Communist Party (SACP) did not begin with an understanding of power as a theoretical concept, nor was I conversant with high-powered analyses.
Minister Bathabile Dlamini: Reproductive justice’s newly vocal champion
Date Released : 11/06/2014On Tuesday night, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini gave a speech which may not get the attention it deserves.
Hamba Kahle MaMbeki: farewell to an independent thinker and fearless activist
Date Released : 11/06/2014Being an independent woman and thinker in a patriarchal society often meant that MamoTseki, Nomaka Epainette Mbeki (nee Moerane), MaMbeki was read through the lens of her husband, Govan and her son, Thabo.
NPA leadership fiasco: President Jacob Zuma’s not-so-hidden hand
Date Released : 11/06/2014In the short, troubled and tumultuous history of the National Prosecuting Authority, chaos has reigned. Formed only in 1998, it has seen one head resign after being cleared of being an Apartheid spy, the next being fired after trying to charge the National Police Commissioner, a third suffering the humiliation of being declared not “fit and proper” by the Constitutional Court and the fourth being denied security clearance.
What net do we want
Date Released : 09/06/2014One year ago, The Guardian newspaper published National Security Agency (NSA) spy Edward Snowden's revelations about mass surveillance in the US.
Cartoons part of free speech
Date Released : 09/06/2014Johannesburg - Some South Africans seem to be puzzled by how best to respond to a cartoon they don’t like.