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Step into the gap

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.

Securing an economically sound future

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.

The other 9/11s

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.

You have been warned

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.

The Guru

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.

Kudala u zabalaza, Xhamela!

Sisulu's humility, and the fact that he never took government office, are a standing reproach to those in the ruling party whose overmastering concern is to amass power and influence.

Survival in the Big Apple

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.

Zuma must be tried

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.

In the court of public opinion

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.

South Africa needs a Hutton

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.

Let’s make the Aids plan stick

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.

No need to exaggerate the evils of apartheid

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.

Don’t crow too soon over nevirapine

Life-saving nevirapine may soon be banned for use in mother-to-child transmission cases. How has this absurd situation -- the latest in the continuing tragicomedy surrounding Aids treatment -- arisen?

When spin comes unspun

New Labour's obsession with form over content has become a cancer at the heart of the Blair administration.

Stop the whispering

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?

Markets can’t do it alone

"All thinking people throughout the world recognise that global poverty constitutes the deepest and most dangerous structural fault," writes Thabo Mbeki.

Madiba, we thank you

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?

No mercy mission

Like the world's oldest profession, the Republican administration of United States President George W Bush has interests, rather than principles.

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