The fatal attack of staff at French satirical magazine throws into stark contrast the social pact we have in SA. Ferial Haffajee ponders what it means for free speech.
From key public institutions to parastatals and Parliament, Ferial Haffajee sheds light on some of the crucial changes in store for SA this year.
When the deputy commissioner of the SA Revenue Service (Sars), Ivan Pillay, read about the costs and reports associated with the extensions to President Jacob Zuma’s homestead at Nkandla, he commissioned legal advice on what the tax implications might be, say sources loyal to him.
What would democracy’s founding president think of SA a year after his passing? Ferial Haffajee makes the first-anniversary assessment.
What has the mining firm learnt in the two years that have elapsed since the Marikana tragedy? Very little, if its new leadership is anything to go by, writes Ferial Haffajee.
I admit that I am old-fashioned and love a post office. Ours is in Langlaagte, on the Reef where gold was first mined, and it feels old. It’s a face-brick standalone post office on a spacious property.
We grew up without medical aid, education funds or pensions – and trade unions stepped into the gap. Without a bursary, my first year at university would have been extraordinarily hard; without a medical fund, my dad would not have had the basic care needed as a worker ages.
One man is single-handedly resurrecting the once-lucrative Ugandan cotton trade and broadening the ‘Africa rising’ narrative, writes Ferial Haffajee.
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Gosh, I can’t remember the last time I read such a piece of bombastic bull. Written in the highfalutin jargon of a legal memorandum, it failed miserably.
I’ve long thought the former head of the Directorate of Special Operations, Leonard McCarthy, was less than honest. The
release of transcripts of the so-called “spy tapes” – intercepted conversations belonging to South Africa’s intelligence services – means I now know so.
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It is the largest Cabinet in our post-apartheid history – and the high number of deputy ministers might explain why a little-known politician sprung to infamy.
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I run because I run, and lately it feels like I’ve been running for my life.
From the corridors of Parliament to the beautiful plains of Giyani, the notion of a rainbow nation is sung out as an obvious reality.
Former president Thabo Mbeki made a promise to the world in July 2008.