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.
This is Itekeng, where a putrid sewage swamp lies metres away from a playground, a borehole and a communal tap.
Cape Town’s tallest new skyscraper, the R1.6 billion glass-encased Portside building, is now open for business.
The idea of cultural appropriation is actually not that confusing. If you take a symbol, an element, a ritual from a culture that’s not yours and use it in a way that divorces it from its cultural context, chances are that it’s cultural appropriation.
South Africa is looking to increase its energy generation capacity through both traditional and green sources.
When this newfangled app first appeared, it promised to give a magazine-like experience to the iPad. Quite quickly, it became the poster child for how to read on a tablet.
Hot 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.
After hammering hosts Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semifinal, Germany’s national soccer squad could have chosen to gloat. Instead, the team posted a message on its official Facebook page thanking the country for its hospitality, praising its amazing football tradition and telling Brazilians not to lose heart. Good sportsmanship is worth celebrating.Not:
New Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has started off her term in the worst possible way. Muthambi decided to lend credibility to a dubious process to hire Mr Teflon himself, Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Muthambi did not have to be bound by an SABC board decision that has more to do with factional politics than competence.
After being in office for only a few weeks, Panyaza Lesufi, the Gauteng education MEC, has to be commended for dismissing 10 teachers who were “found in compromising positions with girl children”. For years, teachers have taken advantage of vulnerable schoolgirls without paying the penalty. Lesufi’s new broom must sweep clean and be a deterrent to others.Not:
The wanton violence perpetrated by National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) members on strike is purely criminal. It is not enough for Numsa leaders to say they are “unaware” of the violence. Numsa is the largest trade union in the country and the strength should be in their numbers and voluntary solidarity, not violence.
Africa sent five nations to the soccer World Cup in Brazil. After the first round, three of them have returned home. It is not an easy task ahead, but Nigeria and Algeria carry the hopes of the continent’s population to advance further than the second round. With a crowd as huge as ours, nothing can stand in the way. Go Nigeria, go Algeria, go!Not:
He has done a sterling job in ensuring his country advanced to the knockout stages, but Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez, aka Jaws, went and did it again – exposing his teeth on the pitch. As he struggled to find the net, the striker bit an opponent on the shoulder. Fifa’s nine-game ban and fine are welcome, but maybe he deserves more.
Dewald van Rensburg’s article on the problem properties draft bill (“Brave new Joburg, City Press, November 24) was dominated by the issue of the treatment of street traders by the council.
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.
- Listen – Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: We cannot blame apartheid for mud schools
- Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: We should have done better after apartheid
- ‘Ancestors are keeping Mandela for us’ – Winnie
- Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s birthday party goes ahead without her
- Full statement: ANC responds to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's 'regrettable comments'
Abortions are performed in South Africa at an average rate of more than 200 a day, according to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.
A British man armed with a kitchen knife tried to storm his way into Buckingham Palace to complain to Queen Elizabeth II about his state welfare payments, a court has heard.
Mesut Özil quit Real Madrid to join Arsenal because he realised he no longer had the confidence of Real coach Carlo Ancelotti, the Germany play maker said.
Journalists and staff at Bay TV in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape were left traumatised after police allegedly intimidated and threatened them over footage they filmed during violent protests at Booysens Park last week.
It was disappointing that an investigation into the deaths of 27 initiates in Mpumalanga was seemingly not urgent, the ANC has said.
- Jacob Zuma inauguration flypast cost R200 000 – Lynne Brown
- Lonmin gave Marikana cops food, Farlam hears
- Resolve issue of overalls or we’ll shut down Joburg – Julius Malema
- 15 students treated after Durban varsity residence set alight
- Jacob Zuma wants secrecy on spy tapes ‘because DA will target him’
We cannot allow our nation to be run by thugs.
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In the wake of Mandela Day, Milisithando Bongela questions what the pervasive image of Madiba and the narrative of ‘reconciliation’ really means.
Readers react cynically to the news that Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi is cracking the whip over Nkandla spending
The era of having your cake and eating it seems to be coming to an end for government officials suspended on full pay. That’s if Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane gets his way.