Opinion

Mummy’s hung in for a long time
Mummy’s hung in for a long time
I must have wondered a few times why the word for an embalmed body, “mummy”, is the same as a term of maternal address but I haven’t ever...
Ward councillors are key players
Ward councillors are key players
The importance of ward councillors is constantly overlooked. They are blamed for the poor delivery of services and praised for innovative initiatives. Their role in promoting social cohesion, however, is rarely mentioned. But the personality and leadership of the ward councillor is often...
Land reform needs to change society
Land reform needs to change society
Many African countries that introduced land reforms after independence succeeded in transferring land from colonial governments, settlers and...
Someone is defending SA’s transition
Someone is defending SA’s transition
When political transitions work: Reconciliation as interdependence by Fanie du Toit (Oxford University Press)
Public interest law and the struggle for social justice
Public interest law and the struggle for social justice
‘The people shall govern!” declares the first clause of the Freedom Charter, adopted on June 25 and 26 1955 by the Congress of the People in...
Keep defending democracy
Keep defending democracy
It has become increasingly clear that the ANC, even with a new leadership, will not be able to “fix” our society and nor should we expect it...
Editorial: We must act now to save the world
Editorial: We must act now to save the world
We have known for more than a century that burning fossil fuels is warming the planet. Since the late 1960s, we have known that this could destroy...
Dangerous liaisons: PIC, Rassul and the Port of Nacala
Dangerous liaisons: PIC, Rassul and the Port of Nacala
The controversial businessman Momade Rassul is a key character in the dodgy deal involving the Public Investment Corporation, Muhammad Amir Mirza...
Editorial: Our basket of deplorables
Editorial: Our basket of deplorables
For months, reports of outright theft from the coffers of VBS Mutual Bank, a financial institution that was long touted as a necessary transformative force in South African banking, have revealed a campaign to loot funds entrusted to the bank for the benefit of people connected to it....
Letters to the editor: October 12 to 18
Letters to the editor: October 12 to 18
Dear Mr Kavanaugh, you’ve outdone yourself this time. Not only has your being appointed made survivors of assault and harassment feel...
Daily moments of loneliness
Daily moments of loneliness
It’s a Saturday morning. Just after 4am, possibly headed for 5am. I’m not sure. My walk is unsteady. I’m hungry. I’m dizzy and heavy from...
South Africa must guard against the erosion of its social contract
South Africa must guard against the erosion of its social contract
The idea of government is rooted in a learnt human preference for social order and organisation, and the benefits thereof, as opposed to chaos....
Let’s do what is right as if no one is watching
Let’s do what is right as if no one is watching
Some of the revelations by witnesses at both the Zondo...

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