I have a tendency to visit restaurants whenever I reward myself for something that I regard as somewhat significant. What better place to do this than at one of my favourite restaurants at Camps Bay in Cape Town?
What is the point of publishing the article “Race and Cape Town: Your colour matters at restaurants” (City Press, January 18 2015)? It’s a scurrilous article, not based on facts, but on one person’s perceptions. You haven’t even given those much-maligned restaurants a right of reply.
The release of the 2014 matric results recently was predictably followed by intense intellectual analyses and commentaries by prominent personalities in academia and in civil society.
It is well known that there are far too few university places available for potential students in Gauteng.
The senseless massacre of journalists working for the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has once more put a stain on Islam, which is followed by millions of people throughout the world.
Ordinary people are adversely affected by load shedding, and there may well be disastrous consequences for jobs, livelihoods and our sinking economy.
I read with interest the article “Young Lions stayin’ alive” by Shaka Sisulu (City Press, November 30 2014).
On November 21, as I was sitting in the public gallery of Parliament on a warm and windy morning in Cape Town waiting for the debate on the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children to begin, I started thinking of how sick and tired I am of the rivers of tears, mountains of heartache, and forests of broken people and families.
The ANC is led by capitalists. I fail to understand how a transparently fraudulent project like Nkandla is being protected by our own people who we voted for to deliver services to the poor of our country.
The recent behaviour displayed by our parliamentarians is disturbing, with the name-calling, shouting and refusal to obey the rules of the House.
Nelson Mandela, the father of South Africa’s freedom, had to overcome so many barriers; so many prejudices and misconceptions, lies and struggles, before he liberated his country.
The silence is about protecting white male privilege, which is under scrutiny in South Africa’s university system.
The brutal murder of Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa at the hands of merciless gun-toting criminals is an indictment of the current state of policing in South Africa.
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Captain marvellous AB de Villiers for his amazing feat when the Proteas slayed the West Indies on Sunday. He scored 149 runs off just 44 balls, with nine fours and 16 sixes, the most by a local and the joint highest number of sixes overall in an ODI innings. He equalled the world record of India’s Rohit Sharma. Div reached three figures off just 31 deliveries.Not:
Nothing can stand in the way of the king’s wishes – this much is clear in Swaziland, where King Mswati III ordered that schools not reopen yet. He made the order so that schoolboys can instead help weed his sorghum fields. And in return, the pupils will be rewarded with a 2015 calendar, bearing the face of none other than Mswati himself.
Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has brought hope to the nation. He’s won 10 out of 10 games since his appointment and goes into the first Afcon game against Africa’s powerhouse,
Algeria, in high spirits after drawing with former African champs Zambia and Cameroon, before demolishing Mali midweek. We are behind this bunch of winners. Go for it and make us proud.Not:
Talana-Jo Huysamer (23), pictured above, and Chantlé Hoffmann (42) wanted the same parking spot in Cape Town’s Harfield Village. So Huysamer, who is white, allegedly shocked Hoffmann, who is coloured, with a Taser and called her the k-word. This kind of behaviour won’t help white Cape Town shake off the ‘racist’ tag it hates so much.
In his quest to overhaul a dysfunctional Vatican bureaucracy, Pope Francis delivered a severe dressing-down to his senior churchmen in his Christmas greeting, accusing them of micromanagement, boastfulness, gossip and hypocrisy. This comes in the wake of the pope helping the US and Cuba bring an end to 50 years of public hostility. No wonder the world loves him.Not:
Controversial SABC COO and acting CEO Hlaudi Motsoeneng doesn’t seem to have learnt a thing from the fate of former board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala. Under his leadership, the SABC issued another dumb instruction this week: The visuals of the “Pay back the money” parliamentary fracas will no longer be flighted on TV.
Musician John Legend and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, sponsored food trucks in New York so that crowds protesting against the Michael Brown and Eric Garner killings by white policemen didn’t have to go hungry. They paid for the trucks on behalf of a Twitter-based activist group, Operation Help or Hush. Nice to know the gorgeous couple are good citizens, too.Not:
‘Harsh’ and ‘abhorrent’ were the toughest words CIA boss John Brennan could find to defend revelations that his agency tortured and brutalised detainees after 9/11. Declassified pages from a massive secret report exposed harrowing details of just how the agency operated – and how the US government knew all about it.
Chad le Clos keeps getting better every time he dives into a swimming pool. On Thursday night, he broke another world record and picked up a second gold medal at the world short-course championships in Qatar. The young swimmer is the kind of sports star who makes us look forward to the next Olympics. After all, he’s our golden boy.Not:
We all have bad days at work, but it seems a little career limiting to complain publicly about how much the job bores us. Gauteng’s community safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, who earns R1.7 million a year, took to Facebook to bemoan the “boring” legislature this week. We’re sorry your life’s so tough, ma’am.
I run because I run, and lately it feels like I’ve been running for my life.
Police commissioner Riah Phiyega has sent condolences to former police commissioner Jackie Selebi’s family.
Do they think I fought against apartheid just to reinstall it?