Water scarcity is here and we need to act now, as this is more difficult to solve than the electricity crisis.
We saw that African lives were less important than those of Europeans. Yet what have we done as Africans for the world to see that we value our own?
Since 2008 when wet coal led to the country's mines being shut down, it has been clear that the country has been in an energy crisis.
The decline in the matric pass rate is not nearly enough as the first matric students graduate under the "Caps" curriculum.
As we continue to reel from the horrific massacre in Paris, let us all be Charlie – a new byword for global solidarity against the tyranny of fear.
Entering 2015, it feels as though we should be a nation on tranquillisers. But, at the same time, there are encouraging signs for South Africa.
Political interference with Sars is a serious attack on the independence of the institution.
In February 1994 Nelson Mandela, the then ANC president, said: "A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy."
We need to work out how to make the knowledge gained over the past 20 years work for us.
South Africa has one of the fastest-growing diabetes epidemics in the world. But HIV and Aids are reported more truthfully nowadays.
The courts have ruled in disapproval of secrecy and unduly delay, and rightfully so.
Both party funding and political debate are obscured by non-disclosure of financial sources. Parliament must change this urgently.
Parastatals are not primarily seen as development drivers or even as providers of services answerable to citizens, but as a source of patronage.
The Khampepe report shows just how easy it is for leaders to reject the rights of citizens. South Africa may well be on the same slippery slope.
If the tripartite parties' interests have diverged, then the parties should diverge. Rather give the voters a democratic contestation of issues.
Civil society is important to the functioning of our democracy: sometimes the state has to be pushed hard to do its constitutional duty.
The recommendations of the Farlam commission's evidence leaders are very clear and SAPS would do well to start implementing them right away.
If the police can jump to attention when Senzo Meyiwa gets killed and put its top people on the case, why can't it do that for other crimes?
Their personal independence guarantees the institutional independence of the judiciary so it is worrying when judges breach their own code of conduct.