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Royal treatment: Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine attend a reception at Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday (April 24 2014). The couple are on a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son George.

Picture: Jason Reed/Reuters

Book review – Pragmatic practice

20 April 2014 15:00

As a medical student from Soweto, Maria Phalime had high expectations for life as a doctor – until the reality of practising hit home. Her book, Postmortem, describes her journey. This is a condensed extract

Book review – Ubuntu at the end of the rainbow

20 April 2014 15:00

The process of preparing Thinking Africa: A Report on Ubuntu for publication commenced in the week that marked the first commemoration of the Marikana massacre.

Faith, sacrifice and building one big family

@City_Press #cp20years 20 April 2014 15:00

For Naveen and Rohaida Nair, post-apartheid life has thrown up more challenges and contradictions than those posed by moving from a racially segregated society to an integrated one.

Which road will SA take?

13 April 2014 15:00

SA is at a tipping point, and small shifts in political and economic conditions can cause dramatic changes. Frans Cronje identifies the key driving forces in our society and uses them to develop four scenarios for 2024.

Hot or Not

  • This Week

    Hot:

    Julius Malema or Juju, as we have come to know him. He is a master at the stumps. Last week, he boobed by going from place to place in a chopper. Not quite the right image for the radical Bolivarian revolutionary he wants to be. This week, Juju was a political Jesus of Nazareth of sorts. He arrived at an election pit stop on a donkey cart!

    Not:

    Roger Dixon, the geologist who testified about ballistics, crime scene reconstructions and human anatomy for the defence in the ­Oscar Pistorius murder trial. ­Experts like Dixon charge thousands of rands. But the experience of hearing your expert witness ­admit that he’s a “layman” when it comes to ballistics? Priceless.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    National Assembly Speaker Max ­Sisulu for at least setting up the ad hoc committee to consider the ­president’s submission on the ­Nkandla matter. His ANC colleagues wanted the issue buried and ­forgotten, but Sisulu has ensured it will be transparently considered by a multiparty committee, even if the ANC has a majority in Parliament.

    Not:

    Clearly a high-profile individual accused of murder deserves high-class treatment from our government. The R2.9 million spent on a private jet to fly Shrien Dewani to the country from the UK shows the justice department paid way too much. We all want justice in this matter, but several cheaper options could have been explored.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Police constable Beauty-Queen Nchabeleng donned a school uniform and posed as a pupil to catch a brutal serial rapist in Limpopo. She was among the winners at the SAPS’ annual National Excellence Awards late last week – a well-deserved honour for an officer who went above and beyond to remind us just how much good cops can achieve.

    Not:

    Shinawaaz Ahmento and Kyle Fredericks, both 21, were convicted and sentenced this week for
    the rape and murder of young Eldorado Park mother Tracey-Lee Martins. The two posed for
    reporters outside court, grinning proudly as though they were at a party. Criminals as self-made
    celebrities? Sickening.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Female leaders in the ANC don’t often publicly challenge the sexism that’s endemic across the political spectrum. Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula deserves praise for defending Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. She criticised those in the alliance who decried Madonsela’s “big nose”, saying Madonsela’s detractors should play the ball, not the woman.

    Not:

    Reading up on a subject lends credence to anyone who wants to speak with authority on a matter. So ANC parliamentary chief whip Stone Sizani should have known better when he called a press ­conference to discuss Public ­Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on Nkandla spending. Sizani had not read the report.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    During the course of the Nkandla ­investigation, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was stymied, bullied, insulted and threatened by governing party leaders and supporters.
    She stood her ground and proceeded to fulfil her duties of safeguarding the public interest. South Africans are ­fortunate to have someone of her integrity and courage in that office.

    Not:

    How does one begin to describe Thulas Nxesi? Puppet? Suck-up? Manipulator of truth?
    As the frontline man in the defence of the Nkandla plunder, Nxesi has dreamt up wild stories that would make residents of the Weskoppies mental institution envious. He is really working hard to hold on to his R2 million salary.

Sealed with a kiss

2 April 2014 8:00

Denvor de Wee travels to Hout Bay, where he hooks up with former 26’s gang member Blits and his friend Pietie Boy

The Interview – Mark Gevisser: The divided citizen

9 March 2014 14:00

Thabo Mbeki’s biographer, Mark Gevisser, has written a memoir. Lost and Found in Johannesburg is an intricately crafted, at times infuriating, portrait of white political consciousness emerging in the divided city. Charl Blignaut spent a morning with the author

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Quotable

Don’t be voting cattle. Think before you make that cross.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu tells South Africans before they cast their ballots on May 7

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