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Beware the slide into a police state
Beware the slide into a police state
Police states do not announce themselves like melodramatic thunder and lightning after a hot summer’s day on the Highveld. Police states creep up...
If we are going to fight back, we can’t use men’s tools
If we are going to fight back, we can’t use men’s tools
"You can’t shame people into changing their behaviour.” Academic and author Brené Brown said these words in an interview in 2012.
The state does have ways to radically transform SA
The state does have ways to radically transform SA
It is becoming clear that radical economic transformation is bigger than just inclusive growth. The government and the ANC, at least as far the...
Life in the Cape of closed hoses
Life in the Cape of closed hoses
Cape Town has hit level 4 water restrictions, which is the same as putting a city on a “critical” terror alert, only far worse.
Can a period emoji further the conversation about menstruation?
Can a period emoji further the conversation about menstruation?
The girls-focused charity Plan International has created a social media campaign to destigmatise menstruation by 
Monty Python's Life of Molefe
Monty Python's Life of Molefe
Earlier this week someone advised me to consider a career in comedy if I should ever tire of my various jobs. Sadly, I’m no comedic talent. They...
Pioneer land ruling puts justice first
Pioneer land ruling puts justice first
The judiciary has found itself in the populist firing line recently, particularly after the high court in Pretoria held that the president had to...
#IDAHOT: Love blossoms – and dies - in unlikely places
#IDAHOT: Love blossoms – and dies - in unlikely places
Love blossoms in unlikely places. It blossomed in 1735 on Robben Island, between Class Blank, a Khoi cattle herder, and Rijkaarts Jacobs, a sailor...
The Archbishop's new mural
The Archbishop's new mural
Dear Arts and Culture,
Ignore Malikane, focus on Guptas
Ignore Malikane, focus on Guptas
Professor Chris Malikane is a distraction. He may be Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s adviser but has almost no influence on state policy. The...
Zuma has nowhere left to hide
Zuma has nowhere left to hide
It is absolutely mind-boggling that President Jacob Zuma refuses to come to terms with reality. For a while now he has abused the race card to...
A Workers’ Day for deadbeats
A Workers’ Day for deadbeats
I think it’s fair to say that President Jacob Zuma has given notice and is exhibiting all the characteristics of an employee seeing out his...
Don’t blame poverty on the poor
Don’t blame poverty on the poor
It is very difficult to face up to the role that luck plays in our lives. Luck is not something you have control over. Luck just happens to...

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