Mmanaledi Mataboge

Queue talk: What voters are saying

<img src="http://www.mg.co.za/ContentImages/41909/10-X-Logo.gif" align=left>The elation that marked the 1994 elections was mostly absent on Johannesburg's West Rand on Wednesday, 10 years later. Voting got off to a punctual start and queues, although long, did not resemble the kilometres of people waiting to cast their ballots in the first election. Several people in the queues commented on the elections. <li><a class='standardtextsmall' href="http://www.mg.co.za/Content/l3_fl2.asp?o=40922">Special Report: Elections 2004</a>

‘This is not a day for politicians’

Tony Leon, leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance, strode among voters at the Saxonwold Primary School in Johannesburg at 8.30am on Wednesday morning, saying: ''This is not a day for politicians, it's a day for voting''. DA officials could still be seen putting up posters outside the entrance to the school. No other election posters were visible.

Guns for hire

Karabo Mokwena (24) had been looking for a job since he passed matric in 2000. When he was offered a job by Fidelity Springbok Security Services in Pretoria last year, he thought his prayers had been answered. But in order to secure the job, Mokwena was expected to provide his own gun and promised an additional R300 tax-free in cash every month for doing so.

North West takes to the skies

The distance between Johannesburg and Mafikeng has been shortened by more than two hours. It now takes only 45 minutes to travel between the two towns following last December's resuscitation of the air route linking the two cities. The revival is funded with an investment of R5,8-million from the North West government.

Daddy cool

A bold, new cultural intervention aims to shed light on the positive role fathers play in their children's lives — using the work of the country's finest photographers. On the eve of Human Rights Day, a new exhibition celebrates the joys of fatherhood, writes Mmanaledi Mataboge.

Last remains of a dream

''In 1955 the Freedom Charter was signed in Kliptown, near Soweto. It was the product of a dream of ''houses, security and comfort''. Forty-nine years later the only reminder of that dream is in the area's Freedom Charter informal settlement. Voter apathy is rife in Kliptown where residents complain that politicians break their promises.

Fur flies over Zim animal torture report

The Zimbabwe National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) has reacted strongly to a feature published by the <i>Mail & Guardian Online</i> about the fate of former pets and farm animals in Zimbabwe. However, the Wet Nose Animal Rescue Centre in South Africa has disputed the NSPCA's response.

From young lions to young yawners

In just 10 years arguably one of the most highly politicised generations of youth has given way to one in which apathy is unprecedented and disenchantment with politics is acute. On Thursday the Independent Electoral Commission revealed that just below half the young people eligible to register to vote had done so during the final registration drive last weekend.

Yfm DJ, HIV activist dies

Yfm DJ Fana "Khabzela" Khaba died of an Aids-related disease on Wednesday at the Johannesburg General hospital. On May 16 last year, Khabzela had -- in a move that had surprised the nation -- announced his HIV-status on air during a mid-morning radio show.

‘Men can get breast cancer too’

As Timothy Mlenje knows to his cost, Breast Cancer Awareness Month concerns men as well as women. Mlenje (57), of Berea in Johannesburg, had no idea that breast cancer could affect men, but today the scars on the left-hand side of his chest bear testimony to the existence of male breast cancer.

All changed, changed utterly: Your quick guide to tertiary transformation

Students entering tertiary study next year will walk into a higher education landscape vastly different from the one South Africa has known for decades. From January, familiar institutional names will cease to exist. Where before you might have enrolled at Unisa or the University of Natal or the University of Durban-Westville, you'll now be registering at ... Well, no one knows just yet.

‘Give people their own voice’

Rural schools are alienated from their communities and play no role in local development, according to preliminary results of a groundbreaking research study, a key finding of which is that the education policy community does not understand the problems of rural education.

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