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
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.
Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez – because even total jerks can be hot sometimes. So he’s bitten two players, is fond of diving, and stopped Ghana’s shot at the semifinals of the 2010 World Cup. But in Brazil this week, he scored twice against England, a side with several of his Liverpool mates. Hand it to him, the dude has sizable cojones. Even if he is a prize jerk.Not:
Lindiwe Sisulu apparently harbours ambitions for higher office but has been shunned and demoted by her party over the years. But that has not stopped her from singing for her supper. This week, she repeated (and later withdrew) the old line about the DA’s black leaders being “hired natives”. C’mon Lindi, that line is so, so tired.
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.
In politics, symbolism is important. No one should tell you to take off what identifies you because if you take off the overall, you are going to look like the rest of them.
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Saturday. The Croc and I are up bright and early. Impolitely so, if you ask me, but we don’t have a choice. The Commander in Chief is in town so that’s that.
Honestly, do we really need the department of public works? Has it brought us anything but embarrassment and scandal?