As one of the country’s top comedians, he’s learnt loads about life by being on stage – but some of the best lessons John Vlismas received came from being a father.
Increasingly a touchstone for what is right and good in our country, Professor Jonathan Jansen advocates education as the key to many social problems, for economic sustainability, social upliftment, racial integration.
Consider an average week of news reports – the sheer amount of trouble happening on our planet.
Herman Mashaba (54), is the self-made tycoon behind the hair care empire Black Like Me. Since 2009 he has been founding executive chairman of Lephatsi Investments.
On the day police fired on Soweto pupils, Moeletsi Leballo was in the front line. That experience changed his life.
First Nelson Mandela arrived, then a tornado hit.
There are sure to have been times when, during the course of a conversation, you’ve had the feeling something isn’t quite right. You start to suspect the person you are talking to is either leaving something out or worse, lying.
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TV personality Bonang Matheba’s meteoric rise is nothing short of a true South African dream. As we celebrate Youth Day, we salute the achievements of this hardworking young woman. This week, Matheba was named the first ever black South African “spokesmodel” for Revlon, the international cosmetics house. Other faces for the brand are US actresses Halle Berry and Emma Stone.Not:
The Zonder water Prison parole board that was overruled this week by the North Gauteng High Court for their decision to release two of the so-called Waterkloof Four killers on parole in 2011. Justice has finally spoken – the killers will be back behind bars soon and senior correctional services officials were suspended for gross negligence and ignoring procedure.
We celebrate Benni McCarthy’s early retirement from soccer. This young Capetonian has been one of the country’s greatest exports. He has represented South Africa at all levels, he is currently Bafana’s leading goal scorer of all time, he has played in the most competitive leagues of the world and he even has a Uefa Champions League medal.Not:
The continued disregard of the needs of children in Limpopo schools is unacceptable. Halfway through the current year, some schools are experiencing shortages of books and now midyear exams had to be postponed because officials did not do their jobs. Our children’s future is dependent on this education. Denying them this right shows no one cares.
Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana goalie Itumeleng Khune has been on the professional scene for six years, but the 26-year-old from Tshing in Ventersdorp, North West, has achieved more than some of those who have been there much longer. This week’s clean sweep of PSL awards confirmed Itu’s status as Mzansi’s No 1 – and his trophy cabinet is running out of space.Not:
Several members of KwaZulu-Natal’s legislature have been miraculously healed after claiming for two years that their “disabilities” meant they needed R15?000 a month for personal drivers. When a change in legislative policy meant they had to produce medical proof of their condition, they suddenly became whole and changed their tune.
SABC2 Morning Live anchor Vuyo Mbuli’s passing last Saturday will leave a void in many South Africans’ lives. This is the man we woke up with every morning for more than a decade. As a journalist, Mbuli never turned his interviewees into objects, but treated them with respect as human beings. With him gone, we can only wish for more “sharp sharp” in the mornings.Not:
Culture, we all agree, is important. But when young men die in the name of culture, society expects leaders to stand up and deal with the challenges. Mpumalanga health MEC Candith Mashego-Dlamini failed to be a leader when she said she could not respond to the deaths of 30 initiates. She should know better that death, irrespective of culture, is still death.
City Press readers. This week, your newspaper won a clutch of awards at the Sikuvile ceremony. The awards were won for our work on finding the stories of the lives of the miners who died at Marikana and for our investigation into the splurging of R206 million on the president’s estate at Nkandla. Thank you for supporting City Press and our work.Not:
Instructors at the Army Infantry School in Oudtshoorn, who were suspended this week after assaulting 10 recruits who sneaked out for a drink. The recruits were hit with broomsticks on their kidneys while they were forced to carry poles while naked. The military ombudsman is investigating the disgusting incident.
Professor John Masterson, author of The Disorder of Things: A Foucauldian Approach to the Work of Nuruddin Farah, provides a list of some of the continent’s other rich talents.
Dr Anna Mokgokong is the co-founder and executive chairperson of Community Investment Holdings, a multibillion-rand black investment holding company.
Set against the deluge of tweets and online postings that spread word of Chinua Achebe’s death in Boston on Friday, March 22, Farah’s tribute is imbued with the kind of grace under pressure that characterised the Nigerian writer and his work.
Burglar bars aren’t the only way to protect your property. Technology can keep you safe – and you can install it yourself. NetgearWN3000RP wi-fi Extender R1 000, www.incredible.co.za Most Wi-Fi router producers make exaggerated claims about the range of their products. Few deliver reliable coverage just 20m away, never mind the 100m claimed on the box. [...]
Pretoria-born Seymour Papert has always loved two (often incompatible) things: mathematics and children.
Geek is the new sexy. I’ve seen it time and time again, from here to New York – tech nerds are running the world.
This husband-and-wife team share a passion, and it’s not just personal: they want to reduce the spread of the HI virus.
Foreigners are not specifically targeted, but several have been the victims of rape.