A tribute to Skwatta Kamp’s Flabba.
On the basis of a shaky and anaemic argument, the article, “Black lawyers blast Mbete” by Charl du Plessis and Maryna Lamprecht (City Press, March 1 2015) casts aspersions on the commitment to transformation by Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete.
The article, “Agang SA founder Mamphela Ramphele moves on” by Biénne Huisman (City Press, February 22 2015), contains some serious inaccuracies. In particular, I point to the claim that “The money owed to former staff members ranges from R10 000 to R30 000 for the months of July and August”.
Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s recent call for Africa to dissociate itself from the International Criminal Court will only deny the African people the justice they deserve.
The call by the minister of arts and culture for South Africans to learn the African Union (AU) anthem as a means of eradicating xenophobia is not enough.
The municipal chaos in Malamulele is gaining momentum in many ways after the area was denied its own municipality by the Municipal Demarcation Board a few weeks ago.
Dr Blade Nzimande correctly warned the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in parliament when he told them to be wary of the route they were taking.
The outrageous and degrading display put on by government at the state of the nation address in Parliament last week is a nail in the coffin for the democracy some like to lay claim to.
It is disgusting and embarrassing to see how things are going in our beloved country.
South Africa is suffering not a deficit of heroes but an unnecessary desire for heroes, writes Philip Machanick.
In the past few weeks, South Africans have viewed and read about a series of ugly racial incidents that have disappointed (for want of a better word) many of us.
The Curro school saga makes me happy. In this 21st year of our democracy, as we move into adulthood as a nation, even the private schools are beginning to reflect South African demographics, with white children in the minority.
The articles “Sex, Sars and rogue spies” (City Press, August 10 2014) and “Is she SA’s Mata Hari?” (City Press, August 17 2014) were published in City Press and its Afrikaans sister newspaper, Rapport. Numerous other stories were published as a result of these initial articles.
The contents of the piece “Race and Cape Town: Your colour matters at restaurants” singles out Four & Twenty as an establishment that perpetuates racist service.
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South Africa loves a bunch of winners. The national Under-17 soccer team reached today’s CAF Junior Championships final, where they meet Mali. They also qualified for the Fifa World Cup in Chile in October when they beat giants Nigeria in the semifinal on Wednesday. We can only say “well done, boys”. Bringing the cup home will be the cherry on top.Not:
Anyone who has heard Mohau Pheko speaking of matters political and economic would testify that she is well schooled. She understands these issues and speaks with authority. Why then did she have to embellish her qualification? It is such a pity she thought she needed to be called “Dr Pheko” to be taken seriously.
South Africans aren’t known for their “put up and shut up” attitudes, which the ANC should have remembered before it arranged to have the 3G signal jammed in Parliament during the state of the nation address. Ordinary citizens, civil society and journalists collectively lost their tempers – and signal was restored. Just a reminder to our leaders: we won’t be silenced.Not:
State Security Minister David Mahlobo left the National Assembly when chants of “Bring back the signal!” reached fever pitch on Thursday night. When he returned, so did the cellphone signal. Coincidence? We think not, Mr Minister. South Africa needs leaders, not mindless securocrats who try to throttle dialogue and dissent.
Our sister paper, the Daily Sun, tells some of SA’s most important stories. One of the best things about this flagship tabloid is its sense of humour, as evidenced by a poster that we imagine nearly led to a number of multiple car pile-ups on Wednesday. “Tokoloshe blow job terror!” it shouted from lampposts. Sadly, the tokoloshe could not be reached for comment.Not:
Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula for telling the Proteas “Don’t be like Shakes Mashaba” before they left for the World Cup. While his office has tried to play down the comment, saying it was made in jest, this was not a cool thing to say. Mbaks should know better and should look no further than his “bunch of losers” comment about Bafana Bafana.
Captain marvellous AB de Villiers for his amazing feat when the Proteas slayed the West Indies on Sunday. He scored 149 runs off just 44 balls, with nine fours and 16 sixes, the most by a local and the joint highest number of sixes overall in an ODI innings. He equalled the world record of India’s Rohit Sharma. Div reached three figures off just 31 deliveries.Not:
Nothing can stand in the way of the king’s wishes – this much is clear in Swaziland, where King Mswati III ordered that schools not reopen yet. He made the order so that schoolboys can instead help weed his sorghum fields. And in return, the pupils will be rewarded with a 2015 calendar, bearing the face of none other than Mswati himself.
Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has brought hope to the nation. He’s won 10 out of 10 games since his appointment and goes into the first Afcon game against Africa’s powerhouse,
Algeria, in high spirits after drawing with former African champs Zambia and Cameroon, before demolishing Mali midweek. We are behind this bunch of winners. Go for it and make us proud.Not:
Talana-Jo Huysamer (23), pictured above, and Chantlé Hoffmann (42) wanted the same parking spot in Cape Town’s Harfield Village. So Huysamer, who is white, allegedly shocked Hoffmann, who is coloured, with a Taser and called her the k-word. This kind of behaviour won’t help white Cape Town shake off the ‘racist’ tag it hates so much.
Wednesday. The Croc (photographer Khaya Ngwenya) andI are hanging out with Riyana Bujram. Riyana’s this fearless, in charge-of-the world three-year-old.
Parliament’s public enterprises portfolio committee has expressed concern at the suspension of four top Eskom executives.
We have done nothing wrong by campaigning against corrupt politics.