Automatic-control mechanisms are part of the intelligent self-regulation that occurs in nature. Thus, the outbreak of Covid-19 could very well be Gaia’s automatic reaction to restore homeostatic equilibrium
When one starts noticing more and more signs that indicate that some of the pillars of the democratic organisation of society are being eroded, it should be a stimulus to all reflective citizens to stand up, or speak up, in defence of what one might call democratic space. I have in mind those signs pertaining to the place occupied by the media in a democracy, writes Bert Olivier.
Violence and crime are ubiquitous in South Africa today, and on everyone's lips. Nevertheless, few of the many discussion programmes or media commentaries succeed in surpassing the mere verbal repetition of violent events such as murder, assault, rape or hijacking by providing an illuminating perspective on it.