Unembargoed: Mail & Guardian January 5 to 11
The start of the year sees us awash in recycled truisms about betterment. This, after all, is the year we will lose weight, run a marathon, travel the world and still have money left over to read a book or two.
Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal branches are in wait-and-see mode but are ready to go to court.
Thabo Manyoni’s camp believes Magashule’s departure leaves his camp without the glue that binds it together.
The parties have their eyes on next year’s polls and are wasting no time in preparations.
Mphoentle Piliso worked at a local spaza shop during the school holidays and earned R300, which she used to buy the textbooks she was not issued with at school.
It signed a deal with the Post Office yet at the same time asked that the invalid CPS contract be extended.
South Africa’s poet laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile will be remembered for his commitment to the longest struggles he encountered in his life.
Poet Keorapetse Willie Kgositsile told the The Weekly Mail after his return from exile that the leadership of the ANC for years didn’t understand culture as being integral to the struggle.
But the Constitutional Court’s minority judgement said the court had ignored the dominance of English.
Minority of justices believe the president has been held to account over Nkandla, but it’s the majority view that counts.
Could it be that Mogoeng is looking to the future and the possibility of a level of governance where it would be counterproductive to the democratic development of the country for courts to play as active a role as they have?
Tuesday. January 2. The first working day of the year is upon us. The weeks of respite from deadlines was a relief.
What the party’s new leaders do now will decide the outcome of the 2019 elections.
It’s not surprising that the country has still not rid itself of its violent and racial bigotry.
Overwhelming peer pressure drives some youngsters to circumcise themselves.
Break the silence. Speaking heals. This is what sexual health and rights campaigns say to those of us who have been sexually violated.
There is something worrying about how some people who have been sexually violated prefer to conceal their identity.
Men will only really change if they are willing to examine their fantasies and feelings authentically.
Restitution needs an efficient process with clear principles to fulfil spiritual and material needs.
The Paradise Papers highlight the need for enforcing regulations to stem tax avoidance.
Change is slow in coming to the single-sex hostels plagued by social and infrastructure problems.
But the big questions are what Cyril Ramaphosa can do and what the budget has in store.
Except to fork for budget shortfalls, free educations and Eskom, but interest rates, fuel and food could provide some relief.
The leaders for life will face challenged. Debt levels and servicing costs will plague governments. And conflict hotspots won’t cool down.
A traveller returns home to warm familiarities seen through the eyes of universality.
Harry Garuba wrote his collection of poems in 1982. It’s taken him 35 years to do a second.
Advertising agencies in South Africa must confront the need for change if they are to survive.
South Africa’s reality is, as a comedian put it, like a playground bully being angry about having to share a stolen bike.
Amid the fratricidal political mayhem threatening to rip the soul of the country asunder, a music festival proposes that local is the national.
The red lipstick and pink sports bra make Nong Rose stand out as she trades blows with her twin brother in a Thai boxing gym, preparing for a foreign debut that will make her the first transgender fighter to enter the ring in France.
Twice, Indian dreams of an epochal series win have floundered at Newlands. For the so-called Golden Generation of Indian batting stars, the first failure cut especially deep.
‘You want to know the team?” José Mourinho teased, successfully drawing a unified chorus of “Yes!” from the gathered press. “I can say my team and Barça’s team … and the referee.”