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Boks smash Scots

@City_Press 28 June 2014 23:00

Four new Springboks, eight tries, 55 points and a possible serious injury were the order of the day after Victor Matfield and his men went on the rugby equivalent of a spot of grouse shooting in Port Elizabeth yesterday.

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    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.

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    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.

  • Previous Weeks

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    School kids are not sex objects for teachers. This is the message ­Gauteng and Free State education MECs ­Panyaza Lesufi and Tate Makgoe, ­respectively, are sending out. The ­politicians have axed several teachers found guilty of having sex with schoolchildren. Such brave action means ­culprits cannot hide behind their ­profession while abusing our children.

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    It’s obvious. No words necessary. Bleddie agent!

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    South Africans are closer to knowing the contents of the spy tapes that saw President Jacob
    Zuma evading criminal prosecution. For years, the DA has gone to the courts to force the National Prosecuting Authority to hand over the recordings. In it, we can only hope, are the answers the country has been waiting for.

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    Mpumalanga culture, sport and recreation MEC Norah Mahlangu-Mabena seems not to know how to divide her duties between the party and the government.
    Addressing a Women’s Day event, she lashed the Public Protector for being sent to destroy Zuma. Really. Clearly, the MEC knows more than we know. We’re listening...

  • Previous Weeks

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    Beyoncé. And no, she is not hot ­because of that rhinestone bodysuit alone. We salute the singer for proudly proclaiming herself a ­feminist at the MTV Video Music Awards and for so beautifully ­sampling Nigerian writer ­Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s thoughts on what it means to be a feminist today.

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    Marikana strike leader Xolani ­Nzuza. This week he told the ­Marikana Commission of Inquiry into the deaths of 44 people two years ago that he bore no ­culpability and would not apologise for the brutal deaths of security guards Hassan Fundi and Frans Mabelani at ­Lonmin.

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    When it’s your time, it’s really your time. Fresh from a gold in triple jump at the Commonwealth Games, Khotso Mokoena led the South African ­contingent with a solid victory in the men’s long jump event at the ­Diamond League meeting in Stockholm this week. This could prove to be Mokoena’s year to capture the world stage and make it his own.

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    Ratings agencies have become one of those things we love to hate. Whether anyone agrees with the downgrades or not, the minute they declare a company or country junk, a whole lot of investment protocols kick in, ensuring that the rating is proven correct. We have felt their scorn, and we want them to go away and pick on someone else.

Winnie’s cry resonates a decade on

@City_Press 3 November 2013 10:00

The Cry of Winnie Mandela by Njabulo S Ndebele was first published 10 years ago. Using Madikizela-Mandela as inspiration, it tells the stories of four other women, much like the mythical Penelope, who also have to wait for husbands. Charles Cilliers interviews Ndebele following the release of a new edition of his novel.

SA performs 210 abortions a day – Aaron Motsoaledi

1 November 2013 12:25

Abortions are performed in South Africa at an average rate of more than 200 a day, according to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

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The decorum and dignity of Parliament as an institution is being dragged through the mud under the cover of the right to be robust
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe on the behaviour of the opposition in recent parliamentary debates

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