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.
I am appalled at how some people have reacted to the sad news about the passing of Orlando Pirates and Bafana goalkeeper, and the captain of both teams, on social networks in recent days.
There are three things that cannot be hidden for long: the sun, the moon and the truth. These are the words of Buddha. President Jacob Zuma should be made to take responsibility for the allegations of corruption that have been thrown at him.
Why not conduct an audit first, ask concerned citizens.
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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.
Only in South Africa would a puppet emerge as the champion of the freedom of speech and the battle against racism. Puppet Chester Missing claimed victory for these causes when he defeated Steve Hofmeyr and his representative Dan Roodt in court this week.
Viva SA’s favourite puppet. Viva!Not:
Spare a thought for poor Dan Roodt, whose life in post-1994 South Africa is worse than we thought. Roodt, who represented Steve Hofmeyr against Chester Missing, told 702 that Hofmeyr and other Afrikaans pop singers were the only “consolation” Afrikaners had now that democracy is here to stay. Someone buy the man a Beyoncé CD.
Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC deputy president and leader of the ANC’s political committee in Parliament, made an effort to rise above the petty politics of political parties to provide a solution to arrest the decline of the institution. Although his deal fell apart after reaching the parties’ caucuses, his efforts were a step in the right direction and should continue.Not:
Political parties in Parliament should be ashamed of themselves for further dragging down the name and reputation of the institution. Even with attempts to mediate a solution to restore Parliament’s dignity, the hostility among MPs appears to be deep-seated. At this rate, we’re not far from open violence in the House.
Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke deserves kudos for asking uncomfortable questions and provoking discussions about how power is dispersed in our democratic dispensation. He is correct to ask if we need future presidents to have sweeping powers, and his critique of land reform, the access to justice and inequality is pertinent.Not:
Unpatriotic and “prima donna” behaviour will take you nowhere. Bafana Bafana midfielder May Mahlangu this week shunned the national team’s call, citing fatigue. Mahlangu has no one else to blame but himself if he does not feature for Bafana ever again after Safa imposed an immediate ban on him from playing for the team.
I run because I run, and lately it feels like I’ve been running for my life.
A 16-year-old boy from Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg, is being assessed by a panel of experts after he allegedly killed his grandmother with a sword.
The ANC is unfazed with rhetoric and rudderless organisations that are formed by angry people unfortunately in pursuit of their selfish agenda.