Editorials

Latest results see jump in Mail & Guardian circulation – again
Latest results see jump in Mail & Guardian circulation – again
It’s easy to be distressed about the state of journalism in South Africa. Despite encouraging innovations and growth in other mediums, newspaper...
Editorial: Public pays for state failure on constitutional values and good governance
Editorial: Public pays for state failure on constitutional values and good governance
Two court cases – one beginning, one ending – of the past week offer valuable insights into the difficult relationship between the state and...
Editorial: The beginning of the end for the ANC as party is unable to change
Editorial: The beginning of the end for the ANC as party is unable to change
Unless there are some dramatic reversals after the Mail & Guardian goes to print, it seems clear that the ANC has lost Nelson Mandela Bay,...
Editorial: Hlaudi Motsoeneng and the SABC – this time it is personal
Editorial: Hlaudi Motsoeneng and the SABC – this time it is personal
It’s very tempting to dance a jig over the humiliation of the SABC’s chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who was rapped on the knuckles...
Editorial: 15 years of greening the future of South Africa benefit everyone
Editorial: 15 years of greening the future of South Africa benefit everyone
The news cycle can be unrelentingly brutal and we can forgive readers for thinking South Africa has little good news to offer. But it is important to...
​The challenges of HIV are mutating and we must adapt to counteract them
​The challenges of HIV are mutating and we must adapt to counteract them
At the International Aids conference in Durban this week, South Africa had much to celebrate. In stark contrast with the 2000 conference, which was...
Frivolous legal cases must fall, suggests new tax ombud. And we should listen to him
Frivolous legal cases must fall, suggests new tax ombud. And we should listen to him
Should civil servants who fight long, drawn-out court cases against private or civil society litigants be personally and financially penalised if...
Editorial: #ThisFlag gives Zimbabwe hope
Editorial: #ThisFlag gives Zimbabwe hope
In a pious moment, Thabo Mbeki, then president and engaged in “quiet diplomacy” in conflict-torn Zimbabwe, said it was up to the people of...
Editorial: R70m for Prasa investigation is off the rails
Editorial: R70m for Prasa investigation is off the rails
Questions have rightfully been raised about why R70-million needs to be spent on a forensic investigation into the Passenger Rail Agency of South...
Editorial: ANC self-corrects. Again.
Editorial: ANC self-corrects. Again.
It is easy to lose sight of one of the ANC’s greatest virtues: its ability to self-correct when faced with enough pressure.
Editorial: Hlaudi Motsoeneng is just the tip of the iceberg
Editorial: Hlaudi Motsoeneng is just the tip of the iceberg
It is seductively easy to personalise the SABC’s problems and hang them all around the neck of its chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng. His...
Editorial: Welcome to open canvassing
Editorial: Welcome to open canvassing
President Jacob Zuma got the top job in the ANC by pretending he did not want it. He would do as the party demanded of him, he kept telling us in...
Editorial: ANC a victim of its own hubris
Editorial: ANC a victim of its own hubris
They don’t understand ANC processes, lamented Nomvula Mokonyane, the party’s elections chief, when it came to the violent protests in Tshwane...
Editorial: Young guns who offer us hope
Editorial: Young guns who offer us hope
South Africa is on a knife’s edge a lot of the time. Tshwane burns, in the grip of pre-election violence. Our economic outlook is bleak and the...

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