Four City Press readers weigh in on the war of statues and what it means.
Celebrated Nigerian-born novelist and poet Ben Okri was in town to deliver a public address for Africa Month this week. Mondli Makhanya sat down with him.
Advocate Simi Pillay-van Graan, the versatile CEO of Business Against Crime SA, faced guns, knives and crime syndicate bosses before doing an MBA and moving to Bacsa, writes Sue Grant-Marshall.
A core concept of successful teaching is that children need role models. Family, friends, communities and schools play an influential role in shaping the values of our youth, but society at large and the government we elect are also significant teachers of conduct.
The sector is expanding in SA, but a new bill could change the way things are run, writes Ruth Hopkins.
Zainub Dala’s new novel, What About Meera, was meant to be launched at last week’s Time of the Writer Festival in Durban, but the launch was postponed after Dala was brutally attacked after she said she admired Salman Rushdie’s writing style.
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The brilliant #147MoreThanANumber social-media campaign started by Kenyan tech activists has ensured the 147 people killed by al-Shabaab at a Garissa university have not become a footnote to terrorism’s ugly story. The campaign has given them names, faces and stories – and it has reinforced public antagonism towards this most cruel of organisations.Not:
A gruesome video of a US cop shooting and killing an unarmed black man has again raised questions about the use of lethal force by US police against black men. Officer Michael T Slager has been charged with the murder of Walter L Scott in South Carolina. But this is another black mark against US cops.
Trevor Noah, who will replace Jon Stewart later this year as the host of The Daily Show, the top-rated US late-night talk and news satire television programme. Full stop.Not:
Vusimuzi Windvoel. Thandi Shongwe. Who? Until this week, nobody knew. Windvoel, an Mpumalanga legislator for the ANC, objected to his fellow DA member Jane Sithole’s dress, saying she looked like a sex worker because she was wearing “see-through things”. Shongwe, the speaker, agreed. Words fail us.
This week Angelina Jolie had a second round of preventive surgery after gene testing revealed vulnerability to ovarian cancer. Twice now, this superstar has written publicly about her decision to undergo surgery to protect her life and keep cancer at bay. By doing this, she turned a private battle into public health education. She intends to meet her grandchildren, she says.Not:
Vindictive, dishonest, lacking integrity and honour and making false statements under oath. Judge Elias Matojane had nothing good to say about acting Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza’s conduct in a bid to suspend the unit’s head in Gauteng, Shadrack Sibiya. How can we now trust Ntlemeza to do his utmost best to protect and serve?
JP Duminy for taking a hat-trick of wickets as the Proteas booked their semifinal spot in the 2015 World Cup with a victory over Sri Lanka this past week. JP’s hat-trick was the second in South African one-day international history, but the first at a World Cup. He was also the second spinner to take a World Cup hat-trick, behind Pakistan’s Saqlain Mushtaq.Not:
The world would be better if people like Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu weren’t in power. For a long time now, neighbouring Palestine has been living under Israel’s oppressive rules. In the run-up to the election this past week, Netanyahu vowed not to create a separate state for Palestine. Clearly, power corrupts – absolutely.
Sizwe Nxasana, the man with the Midas touch, has announced his decision to step down as FirstRand CEO. Under his tenure, FirstRand has become a top-eight firm on the JSE and is Africa’s largest bank by market value and earnings. The group reported stellar profit, a trend that has followed Nxasana through a star-studded career. A role model for generations to come.Not:
Speaker Baleka Mbete has never been everyone’s cup of tea. This week she vindicated her critics. When President Zuma ignored her intervention in Parliament – four times – she made excuses that he could not hear her “pleas for him to sit”. To top it all, she told MPs they were not equal to Zuma. Has she ever read the Constitution?
Motivational talks, career guidance and team building: this is what 110 businesses and government believe will give students a better future.
South Africans will not easily forget the murder of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa in October last year. As terrible as his death might have been, he was one of more than 17 000 South Africans murdered last year, most of them at the barrel of a gun.
I have travelled across our continent and have seen that despite much progress, millions of people still do not have access to basic health services. This injustice is hindering the potential of our citizens, communities, and the entire continent.
When black middle class South Africans buy flashy cars, expensive booze and designer clothes, it has nothing to do with their character and traits as a race group.
SA intelligence agents accuse Israel of ‘fuelling insurrection’, selling arms and ‘appropriating’ African resources, write Will Jordan and Rahul Radhakrishnan.
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President Jacob Zuma has failed us. He has not protected us.
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Rhodes was a nasty piece of work. The statue should have been pulled down and given to the Apartheid Museum in about May 1994.
Cosatu spin doctor Patrick Craven will be remembered as one of the best propagandists who marshaled the federation in supporting Jacob Zuma’s march to power.
One of South Africa’s most exciting soccer stars, Jabu Mahlangu, once opened up about his alcohol addiction, saying that things got so bad, there were times he was drunk when he took to the pitch.