“I decided I must go into business because I realised I must do something with this precious life, that I have only one chance to live,” says Herman Mashaba.
The future is in the hands of the youth but their development starts before they can even walk – this is Carolyn Reid’s fervent belief and passion.
If you spot a stencil of Marikana’s iconic “man in the green blanket” on the streets of Cape Town, you’re not just looking at art – it’s activism, too.
Women are captains of various South African ships, from finance to fashion.
With her honeyed mix of Afro-jazz and R&B, Lira is one of South Africa’s most successful musicians.
Daily Maverick journalist Richard Poplak’s vignettes of Julius Malema go from hilarious and tragic to terrifying in his new biography about the EFF commander in chief, Until Julius Comes.
Hot or Not
Laughter is the best medicine, but it wasn’t enough to cure actor Robin Williams of his deep depression. He made us weep with laughter and, in his darker roles, just weep – and hid his own demons behind a wide smile and sad eyes. His suicide this week left the world a little emptier.
Thanks for the memories, Robin – we’re sorry for your pain.Not:
President Jacob Zuma has mastered the art of passing the buck. After keeping us waiting for months for a response to the Public Protector’s Nkandla report, he delivered what was essentially two pages of a reply as most of the 20 pages were a regurgitation of other reports. And the substance was: Ask the police minister.
When science is cool, it’s really cool. European spacecraft Rosetta caught up with a comet this week. It will attach a probe to 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko – Chury to its friends – and gather data from its surface. This will offer a peek into what reports call a kind of “astronomical time capsule” to see what things were like when our solar system was born.Not:
Lending money to poor people at high interest rates is bad enough. Springing one of the biggest shockers in South Africa’s corporate
history is not hot either. Not long ago, African Bank’s management indicated it was at rock bottom. Almost R10 billion got burnt this week once the extent of its problems became clear.
Team SA for their 37-medal haul with three days to go at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, getting closer to the target of 43 set by Sascoc and already surpassing the 33 from the 2010 Games. The SA lawn bowls (five gold medals), judo (one) and Rugby Sevens teams proved that the nation should not only always rely on swimming and athletics for gold medals.Not:
What will it take for the US to finally ditch its “softly, softly” approach to Israel? Not even the bombing of a UN-run school in Gaza by Israeli forces could do it. The US called the act “indefensible” and called on Israel to “live up to their own standards” of protecting civilians. That’ll show ’em, Obama. Or not.
It is common cause that when a minister’s official car breaks down, the department hires a replacement. Not for Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, who chose to drive her own private car when her state car was not in use. At a time when government is calling for cuts in excessive spending, Pandor’s action shows a minister leading by example.Not:
Dragged for kilometres during a hijacking and then dying. That’s the end of life for four-year-old Taegrin Morris. His death should shock us all into taking a stand against crime. The fight against crime cannot be relegated to the police alone. It will also take society’s efforts to clear our country of violent criminals.
Nelson Mandela, who has provided one of the very few reasons to believe in humanity this week. Even after death, the statesman has us out on Mandela Day doing our 67 minutes for the needy. In the week of atrocities like the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 and the escalating carnage in Gaza, we needed this. Thanks again, Madiba.Not:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who ordered ground troops into Gaza this week after his armed forces rained bombs on the area, killing more than 260 Palestinian civilians. Among them were four cousins, aged between
9 and 11, who were photographed running for their lives on the beach before being killed.
It was the ultimate example of capitalism meets culture – KFC’s regional lobola competition. If you spent R40 or more at KFC, you could stand a chance to win 11 cows or R80 000 to pay off your lobola.
Music is all about giving back, it is inherently social. That’s the philosophy of Stewart Sukuma, the national treasure of Mozambique.
Yes, we know, we know. We write about South African street artist Faith47 way too often. So what? It’s our prerogative. And she deserves it.
It tells us something about Nadine Gordimer that Raks Morakabe Seakhoa, the untiring champion of South African letters, used to call her “comrade Nadine”.
Xolela Mangcu has a plan to transform SA’s professoriate
I last saw Nadine at her home in Parktown West, Joburg. We spent about two hours chatting on the veranda just after 2pm on July 12 last year.
- Shakes Mashaba names Bafana squad for Afcon qualifiers
- Springbok rugby team is still too white – Desmond Tutu
- Athletics stars get set for Stockholm Diamond League
- New-look Wits ‘scrappy’ but finally coming right – Gavin Hunt
- 12 South African athletes make Africa’s IAAF Continental Cup squad
In our society, with all the criticisms, he is some kind of example for where he comes from.
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Charity is a step back in alleviating poverty. At the recent economic summit held in the US, President Barack Obama stressed the need to increase funding to Africa.
The ANC stalwart, Pallo Jordan, did the right thing. Upon being found to have pimped his qualifications by the Sunday Times, he resigned as an MP.