Not different, just better

This is a time for self-reflection by the Mail & Guardian and all who work for it. As of this week, we are no longer owned by a large foreign company, the Guardian Media Group. The paper is now the property of a small Botswana-based company owned by Trevor Ncube, a Zimbabwean publisher.

Knowledge is the key

The late African National Congress stalwart, Oliver Tambo, once said: ''The nation that does not look after its youth has no future.'' At the funeral of the late Peter Mokaba, ANC Youth League president Malusi Gigaba called for the youth of this country to boycott the Mail & Guardian for allegedly having written unfavourably about Mokaba (''Two faces of Mokaba'', June 14). Unfortunately, Gigaba did not say whether the story was true or false.

An assurance we can believe, please

Well, the grubby crazy truth is almost out. Back in 1998 President Thabo Mbeki gave South Africans a categorical assurance. It dealt with Virodene, a loony anti-Aids remedy with no credibility among scientists, which was already known to be based on a toxic industrial solvent...

Reform the farmer

On the face of it, the chanting of "Kill the Boer! Kill the farmer!" at Peter Mokaba's funeral last weekend -- and its indulgence by African National Congress leaders -- ran directly counter to the government's professed reconciliation policy.

Still Saul, not Paul

Those sceptical about the government's alleged Damascene conversion on HIV/Aids, and who fear dissident backsliding, will be worried by the nevirapine appeal in the Constitutional Court...

Even rats enjoy a flutter

She said to me quite plainly: 'If I lose I pay you a million dollars. If you lose you agree to have two large...

Arms and the MPs

The most enduring legacy of South Africa's R50-billion arms deal may turn out to be the terrible injury it has inflicted on our most important democratic institution - Parliament

Failing Zimbabwe

IF deputy foreign minister Aziz Pahad really believes there will be credible elections in Zimbabwe, why is he also begging the developed world not to back off the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) if things go wrong?

Enough paranoia

Last week's <i>Mail & Guardian</i> report on the meeting between the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the African National Congress, at which unionists were accused of scheming to undermine President Thabo Mbeki, went down like a concrete balloon

High shock threshold

It has often been said that South Africa has an unusually high scandal threshold. It takes a mass murder, a rape of extreme brutality, or a body count of hundreds on the roads for anyone to pay attention

Editorial: Morkelgate

The media fest over the relationship between the Democratic Alliance's Western Cape leader, Gerald Morkel, and millionaire fugitive from German justice Jurgen Harksen partly reflects the life and death battle between the DA and the New National Party in the Western Cape.

US has a critical role

WITH the United States gearing up for war against Iraq and the growing risk that the spiralling Israeli-Palestinian conflict may spill over into the whole region, the Middle East stands at a crossroads.

A heavy responsibility

LET there be no doubt: South Africa's response to last weekend's election in Zimbabwe and its outcome will have a defining influence on the life chances of many millions of people in our region.

Long drive to smart cards

The following letter, from an enraged Multichoice customer in Mtubatuba, was sent to me via the Mail & Guardian in September. In a display...

Cometh the hour

As talk show hosts go there aren't many who come anywhere near Michael Parkinson. With his easy geniality and almost complete lack of intrusive...

Children who need no chains

Over the past two weekends BBC World has been broadcasting a two-part documentary called The Slave Children, inspired by the news, last April, of...

Actually, the censors were right about Gordimer

Gordimer is not an appropriate author to inflict upon learners. Not because she is racist: she is boring and pretentious.

Ken Owen: SA’s Last Great White Editor

Former editor of the Sunday Times Ken Owen has died, a family member confirmed today. In 1996 author Mark Gevisser profiled the contentious news man.