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.
Violence has dropped in KZN, so why is Jacob Zuma freaking out about security?
This week saw kids engaging in the yearly games of “penny penny Guy Fawkes”.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s attempt to explain that 30% is not the pass mark is a joke (“Debunking the 30% pass myth”, City Press, October 20 2013).
After reading the unfortunate yet self-imposed bankruptcy blues of Mandoza, I advise him to listen to the old-school song by Millie Jackson titled Sweet Music Man.
The ANC of men and women of high standards should have charged Jacob Zuma in the same way it charged Julius Malema, Mbulelo Goniwe, Floyd Shivambu and those who were accused of spying for the apartheid state.
Sustainable food production is at the heart of every nation’s effort to fight hunger. The South African government’s introduction of Fetsa Tlala – a food-production intervention that forms part of a broader governmental food-security programme – is a step in the right direction.
In view of the forthcoming exams and the fact that I have established a task team to investigate the requirements, administration and publication of the matric pass, I feel it is important to take this opportunity to inform the public of its requirements.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, former anti-apartheid activist, the longest-serving minister (1994-2012) under all democratically elected presidents and now African Union Commission chairperson is the female president-in-waiting.
TO Molefe’s article “Dirty slates wiped clean” (City Press, October 6 2013) is a classic example of the old journalistic ploy of setting up a straw man and then knocking him down.
It was interesting to read Andile Mngxitama’s article about the Springboks and his dissatisfaction with transformation in this sporting code.
Heritage Day has been hijacked by people who either have no idea where this country comes from or don’t care where we are going.
Hot or Not
He was a father – not to his children alone. He was a father – not only to South Africa. He was a father – not only to Africa, but to the entire world. God gave us 95 years to share with him in this world. His passing should ignite the world to live with the ideals that he lived by. We are thankful for the time we had with him. Thank you, Madiba.Not:
All lawyer Nomzama Zondo seemed to be doing wrong was celebrating with her clients after winning a court case for traders to return to their spots. Instead, Joburg metro police arrested her and ignored the judgment of the Constitutional Court against the council. But courts are the final arbiters of disputes and their decisions should be respected by all.
Bafana Bafana’s win over the world champions could have counted for nothing. But this week, soccer governing body Fifa ruled that the game – in which the Spanish team tried to reduce it to nothing by making more substitutions than required – will stand as an official friendly. The nation now has every reason to celebrate beating the world champions. Hooray!Not:
President Jacob Zuma could not possibly be hot, knowing that he can cool down in a R550 000 swimming pool at his Nkandla home. According to Public Works documents, the “fire pool” doubles up as a second water reservoir for fire-fighting purposes and was funded by tax money. Pity the pool can’t put out the fire of public opinion.
Like that David versus Goliath fight in the Bible, Bafana Bafana made the country proud by beating world champions and top-ranked team Spain on Tuesday. Winning the game with a gutsy performance brought joy to many South Africans. Now, we need our boys to treat each and every game they play with the same vigour and determination.Not:
They could be the top team in the world, but Spain showed little respect for South Africa. Making seven substitutions in a single match, thereby flouting Fifa’s rules on the matter, is inexcusable. Their arrogance on Tuesday clearly shows they forget the little team when they are on top. But being on top is not a permanent spot you occupy.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has displayed that she takes her job seriously. She will not buckle under pressure from anyone. This week, she took on security-cluster ministers – who went to court to stop her from releasing a preliminary report into state spending at President Jacob Zuma’s private residence of Nkandla – and won. We need more of her ilk.Not:
Government’s responsibility is to ensure that taxpayers’ money is spent correctly to address the many challenges the country faces. In our case, the opposite is true. The Auditor-General found that R30.8 billion has either been wasted or irregularly spent. As long as our public services are open to this kind of misspending, fraud and corruption will thrive.
Registering to vote in next year’s general elections is the right thing to do. This is the chance for people to vote in or out those they want to lead them. By registering, South Africans would be making sure that the freedom fought for so hard over the many years was not in vain. So, let us all register to vote and make our mark. That way, your voice is heard.Not:
Education should encourage critical thinking and creativity. Spokesperson forthe department of basic education Panyaza Lesufi showed he does not encourage either by saying “derogatory art” won’t be tolerated in government schools like Westville Boys’ High. What Mr Lesufi called derogatory art, some might consider a legitimate attempt at satire. So much for opening up minds.
A disheartened Lesley Mofokeng bemoans the half-baked tribute paid to Nelson Mandela at Joburg’s FNB Stadium yesterday
There has been mixed reaction to the booing of President Jacob Zuma at the FNB Stadium during former president Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.
Only Mr Mandela, Madiba, Tata, could bring everyone together like this.