It is common knowledge that we face challenges in some municipalities with a professional ethos that is uneven and sometimes lacking. Tackling this requires a differentiated approach.
Our president needs a good woman on whom to retire, Fred Khumalo wrote recently in a column, published in City Press.
Could someone please put me out of my misery. Who is this Hlaudi Motsoeneng?
The recent debates on the state of the nation address (Sona) reflect nothing more than political gimmicks.
The SABC is too important for our democracy to be allowed to collapse. It has been in the news for all the wrong reasons again.
The fact of the matter is that Nelson Mandela died a frail, distant, unsmiling, emotionless and numb old man.
The signs are there. The ANC today stands for Arrogance, Nepotism and Corruption
Story was framed beyond normalcy, writes Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha
The carefully crafted incessant attacks on President Jacob Zuma, which in most cases are baseless, are not merely directed at Zuma as an individual, but are meant to sow divisions within the ANC.
Report of tensions in the KZN government is based on misleading information, writes Bongani Tembe
This week was a watershed week for South Africans. We grappled with the loss of our beloved Madiba, and asked ourselves where we are as a people and what lies ahead.
E-tolling is not a new concept in the world and toll roads are certainly not new in South Africa. The system has been used in Singapore, London and many other cities.
On the eve of 16 Days of Activism for no Violence Against Women and Children, Percy Mabandu got his knickers – sorry, XXL boxers – in a knot.
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Judge Dunstan Mlambo’s ruling to allow the partial broadcast of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ trial is welcomed. In past court appearances, space has been an issue due to public interest. As Mlambo said, the ruling will “ensure a greater number of people in the community who are unable to attend the proceedings are able to follow wherever they may be”.Not:
No superstar is bigger than the audience. The antics of US rapper Eminem (he did not want to be photographed by the media while on stage), who performed in the country this week, is disturbing. Blame should also be apportioned to the concert organisers who allow megastars to undermine the freedom of the media to do their jobs.
The time has come for the government to seriously consider legalising dagga for medicinal purposes. This week, terminally ill IFP MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini tabled a Medical Innovation Bill in an attempt to legalise the use of cannabinoids for medical purposes. He and many others should not have to resort to the illegal use of dagga to manage pain.Not:
It may be that the North-West University students who imitated the Sieg Heil salute as a hostel “tradition” did not fully realise the meaning of the Nazi symbol they were mimicking, but the university leaders cannot plead ignorance. Viewing the act in context doesn’t make it less objectionable. It’s unjustifiable. Full stop.
Kudos to the National Prosecuting Authority for its tough stance on rape and child abuse masquerading as culture and tradition. Mvumeleni Jezile (32) was sentenced to 22 years in jail by the Wynberg Regional Court on Thursday for human trafficking, rape and assault after he abducted a 14-year-old girl in 2010, married her and repeatedly raped her.Not:
As the elections near, people on the left, right and centre are calling for “political tolerance”. But what we practise and what we preach are two different things, as evidenced at Wednesday’s DA march when people in ANC
T-shirts brandished bricks with the letters ‘DA’ scrawled on them. So much for political tolerance.
Giving out of love was one of Nelson Mandela’s many attributes. There was further evidence of that this week when his will was read out to his family and the world. He not only gave to his family, but to his support staff. He also awarded bursaries to children in less fortunate schools. This is the power of giving with love that we should all embrace.Not:
Acting SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng said graduates were a drain on colleagues who were skilled but did not have degrees. This explains why capable and educated leaders are leaving the broadcaster, while Motsoeneng, who doesn’t have matric, remains in his position. You wonder who drives them out.
One small step for the official opposition, one giant leap for womankind. Dr Mamphela Ramphele has joined forces with the DA and has become a member of a party whose leadership is largely made up of strong, competent women and is seen by its supporters as a viable alternative to the governing ANC. This is a sign of a healthy democracy.Not:
So there you are, happily planning your election campaign and dreaming of a seat in Parliament for your leader. And then she announces to the nation that she’s standing as presidential candidate for another party. Agang members are furious they weren’t consulted about Ramphele’s big move and say they feel betrayed. A bad sign in a young democracy.
What Women Want: A charming discourse eloquently interrogated by the Spice Girls way back in 1996.
Staggered power cuts are likely to continue beyond today, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba has said.
It is our strong view that poverty must not prevent South African children from gaining an education.