South Africa is easily spooked by bogus intelligence reports. It is easy to lose count of the number of so-called intelligence reports that have been used in factional wars throughout our democratic era.
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This week, government added its voice to those condemning the increase in the use of fake qualifications by South Africans to advance their careers – sometimes unnecessarily so.
This week we report that banks repossessed almost 5 000 cars from the country’s middle class in the Western Cape and Gauteng provinces.
The idea of a hero or heroine wearing a silly costume, cape billowing behind him or her, belongs in comic books and big-budget Hollywood movies.
South Africa ended a fragile week in better shape, highlighting its democratic resilience. That is a good sign.
How many consultants does it take to screw in a light bulb? Several billions’ worth if our government is doing the hiring, it would seem.
On Thursday night, after unprecedented chaos and violence at the opening of Parliament, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe told South Africans through the media that this was a constitutional country and not a police state.
What a beautiful summer we are having. My family and I enjoy the long days and long nights. I hope you and yours do too.
Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu came under fire this week for saying Somali traders cannot expect to coexist peacefully with local business owners unless they share their trade secrets with them.
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South Africa loves a bunch of winners. The national Under-17 soccer team reached today’s CAF Junior Championships final, where they meet Mali. They also qualified for the Fifa World Cup in Chile in October when they beat giants Nigeria in the semifinal on Wednesday. We can only say “well done, boys”. Bringing the cup home will be the cherry on top.Not:
Anyone who has heard Mohau Pheko speaking of matters political and economic would testify that she is well schooled. She understands these issues and speaks with authority. Why then did she have to embellish her qualification? It is such a pity she thought she needed to be called “Dr Pheko” to be taken seriously.
South Africans aren’t known for their “put up and shut up” attitudes, which the ANC should have remembered before it arranged to have the 3G signal jammed in Parliament during the state of the nation address. Ordinary citizens, civil society and journalists collectively lost their tempers – and signal was restored. Just a reminder to our leaders: we won’t be silenced.Not:
State Security Minister David Mahlobo left the National Assembly when chants of “Bring back the signal!” reached fever pitch on Thursday night. When he returned, so did the cellphone signal. Coincidence? We think not, Mr Minister. South Africa needs leaders, not mindless securocrats who try to throttle dialogue and dissent.
Our sister paper, the Daily Sun, tells some of SA’s most important stories. One of the best things about this flagship tabloid is its sense of humour, as evidenced by a poster that we imagine nearly led to a number of multiple car pile-ups on Wednesday. “Tokoloshe blow job terror!” it shouted from lampposts. Sadly, the tokoloshe could not be reached for comment.Not:
Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula for telling the Proteas “Don’t be like Shakes Mashaba” before they left for the World Cup. While his office has tried to play down the comment, saying it was made in jest, this was not a cool thing to say. Mbaks should know better and should look no further than his “bunch of losers” comment about Bafana Bafana.
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.
Wednesday. The Croc (photographer Khaya Ngwenya) andI are hanging out with Riyana Bujram. Riyana’s this fearless, in charge-of-the world three-year-old.
We have done nothing wrong by campaigning against corrupt politics.