South African universities produce a woefully inadequate number of doctorates and are unlikely to meet the National Development Plan’s target of producing 5 000 PhDs by 2030, academics have said.
The high-profile murder trials of megawealthy defendants Oscar Pistorius and Shrien Dewani have brought to the fore the issue of “chequebook justice” in South Africa.
Hundreds of millions of rands were sunk into a slush fund intended to improve South Africa’s intelligence capabilities – but much of the money was spent on luxury cars, properties and farms for spies and their families instead.
ANC heavyweights will tell Cosatu this week that they have failed to resolve their dispute with the federation’s biggest union – paving the way for a split.
Elize and Brighter Mphahlele are cleaning chicken heads and feet in a bucket on their stoep.
Mfaleng Masiteng and Buyisiwe Maduna can’t forget what their sons’ bodies looked like when they were pulled from an oxidation dam full of filthy rain water.
There is little to distinguish the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in Sandringham, Joburg, from other laboratories around the country.
Hot or Not
Shakes Mashaba for turning no-hopers Bafana Bafana into a respectable outfit. They are unbeaten in four matches, and are on course to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals after a 3-0 away victory over Sudan, a goalless home draw against Nigeria, a 2-0 away win over Congo Brazzaville and a goalless draw at home. Bafana have yet to concede a goal under Mashaba.Not:
A media monitoring company reported on Friday that Brett Kebble’s killer, Mikey Schultz, snapped up 30% of the previous day’s media coverage of the Oscar Pistorius trial – just by being in court. This may be the highlight
of Schultz’s life because his only claim to fame up to now is getting away with murder.
He was hot as director-general in the Treasury and hotter as deputy governor of the Reserve Bank. But you can’t get much hotter than having your signature on every SA banknote. Lesetja Kganyago will succeed Gill Marcus as Reserve Bank governor next month. It was only a matter of time before someone of his calibre was rewarded with a top post.Not:
Lonmin has failed to show it did all it could to improve labour relations at its Marikana mine, which exploded into mayhem in 2012. Its executives performed dismally at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry when they took the stand. This week, it gagged an NGO that sought to present findings of transfer pricing and tax dodging.
National Under-17 side Amajimbos for completing a hat-trick of SA soccer teams to qualify for next year’s major continental competitions. It has been a fairy tale for the national teams since Banyana qualified for the African Women’s Championship, followed by Amajita (U-20) and now Amajimbos, who are going to Niger. Bafana have many reasons to follow suit.Not:
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane attributed the three weeks of water stoppages around Gauteng to “a technical glitch”. Clearly, the minister lives in a bubble. Water is a basic right and being deprived of this for three weeks while officials try to figure out the problem, is just
Since the collapse of the guesthouse at Nigerian preacher TB Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations, the South African government has been there to lend its hand. Even through a difficult time to get information from its counterpart in Nigeria and from Joshua, our government has looked after the South African victims. A caring government leads from the front.Not:
God comes in different forms and is worshipped differently. First, Pastor Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Centre Ministries in Tshwane made his congregants eat grass. But his latest stunt is really worrying. His church members are now drinking petrol, which he claims he has turned into juice through prayer, all in the name of the lord.
The people of Scotland have spoken and it is a clear result. A true reflection of democracy took place this week, when 85% of the eligible Scottish population took to the polls to vote for or against independence from the United Kingdom. While those who wanted independence (45%) didn’t get their way, it is clear democracy is alive and well.Not:
But this is not the case in the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho, where there was an attempted coup last month. On Friday, police and military exchanged fire as the country battles to return to normality. Only strict adherence to democratic rule can free the country of its problems.
The kitchen in the Groenewald home is a happy place. It is a creative space, a room of laughter and conversations. It is a place to recharge and find nourishment – and food is always at the centre.
The ANC leadership in KwaZulu-Natal has taken over the running of several of its 11 regional elective conferences to prevent infighting over posts and ensure that things run smoothly.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has turned to lawyers to find out how to recoup former chairperson Pansy Tlakula’s legal costs.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela claims that her late former husband, Nelson Mandela, acted “irregularly and unlawfully” – and may even have committed fraud – when he registered a plot of land in Qunu in his own name.
It’s 8pm and the Solontsi family misses Generations.
The police in KwaZulu-Natal are running out of cops to suspend.
South Africa, unlike other African countries, has focused intensely on improving the life of its citizens, President Jacob Zuma has said.
When it comes to the Ebola concerns, we will seek the South African government’s advice and the reports from the World Health Organisation.
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It should be increasingly difficult for South Africa’s top executives to justify their enormous pay packages, given the furore over excessive pay, the country’s high level of unemployment, and the huge disparity between the highest- and lowest-paid employees at companies.