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.
This brings shame to all South Africans who fought for the freedom and liberation of our country.
From the corridors of Parliament to the beautiful plains of Giyani, the notion of a rainbow nation is sung out as an obvious reality.
I have a tendency to visit restaurants whenever I reward myself for something that I regard as somewhat significant. What better place to do this than at one of my favourite restaurants at Camps Bay in Cape Town?
What is the point of publishing the article “Race and Cape Town: Your colour matters at restaurants” (City Press, January 18 2015)? It’s a scurrilous article, not based on facts, but on one person’s perceptions. You haven’t even given those much-maligned restaurants a right of reply.
The release of the 2014 matric results recently was predictably followed by intense intellectual analyses and commentaries by prominent personalities in academia and in civil society.
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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.
When you’re a politician, it’s easy to fall into the trap of making big promises, and demanding that others do as you say and not as you do. So kudos to Eastern Cape Rural Development MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane. He not only encourages people to plant their own food gardens, but gives them the seeds to do so and shares pics of his own garden to encourage them.Not:
In 2009, a little system called democracy saw the ANC lose power in the Western Cape. Voters didn’t think the ANC was governing or delivering services well. Instead of promising to do better, its leaders are using petty race politics to bully people into voting the DA out in 2016. You can do better than that, ANC.
So, let’s talk about Fifty Shades of Grey. Last weekend the movie raked in more than R2.7 billion; for those numerically disinclined (like me) that’s roughly two metric f**k-tons or many, many Nkandlas.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura has responded decisively to political parties who took him on about corruption during his state of the province address this week.
The party has a choice. Not me. I’ve said I don’t choose my successor.