Cosatu must step into this gap and ensure that its members drive the revival of community involvement in civic issues. In this way its attempts to influence public policy will gain greater clout; it will also be able to win more significant material victories for South Africa's poor.
The black economic empowerment strategy should not be allowed to fail in its mission of reversing the skewed ownership of economic power in South Africa. Results that are anything short of change are too ghastly to contemplate. Black-owned companies need to become active participants in BEE.
It is a suggestive coincidence that this week marks both the anniversary of 9/11, and the 30th anniversary of Pinochet's infamous putsch in Chile. If baffled Americans are still trying to fathom why a band of extremists flew planes into the WTC, they need look no further than the bloody Chilean coup and its aftermath.
Having once been an heroic puffer, I'll say one thing for smokers: despite their ashtray breath and their lethal personal atmospheres, they don't come anywhere near drinkers when it comes to ostentatious offensiveness.
It seems that golf courses are our sad attempts to recreate Eden, which apparently had lots of bunkers all over it (tended by archangels with flaming rakes), and a sprinkler system that came on at five every morning.
New York is a city of contradictions, says John Matshikiza, sizing up its morale and sense of comraderie. The shock of September 11 2001 will never completely go away, but New Yorkers have determinedly gone back to being New Yorkers -- proud inhabitants of a city that is like no other in the world.
Where in the world would a deputy president have been subjected to a public investigation without any pressure being exerted by his supporters? One only has to look at the shenanigans of Blair's Labour party to realise that we are about as good as it gets in the real world of accountable democracy.
Making uKhahlamba (Drakensberg) out of a molehill. This is the government's appraisal of a week that has rocked the country as its second-in-command, Jacob Zuma, stands accused of becoming a rent-a-deputy-president.
There have been various calls from a variety of sources for a judicial inquiry into the arms deal here in South Africa. And we should seriously consider holding one, argues Calland. South Africa must find a way to address the unanswered questions that remain.
Last week's Aids conference highlighted, denialism persists. For this reason, it is essential to ensure that the proposed national treatment plan actually takes place. And on the topic of untimely deaths, let's pay tribute to two great South Africans we recently lost.
The "worst excesses" of Nazism and communism? That type of throwaway comparison with apartheid is becoming all too prevalent in a world that is beginning to forget about the true horrors of those systems.
What do the prosecutions of Tony Yengeni and the wayward Winnie Madikizela-Mandela say? What about the pending corruption investigations into Deputy President Jacob Zuma, Mac Maharaj and ANC hanger-on Schabir Shaik?
For what shall we thank Nelson Mandela? Shall we thank him for all those months he spent on the run criss-crossing the country and, like an elusive rabbit, dashing into the nearest hole at the sign of danger?