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What it takes to achieve a true revolution

This is an edited extract of the introduction to ‘Revolutionary Thought in the 20th Century’ (1980) edited by Ben Turok

What it takes to achieve a true revolution

This is an edited extract of the introduction to ‘Revolutionary Thought in the 20th Century’ (1980) edited by late anti-apartheid stalwart Ben Turok

“Independent” and “outspoken” Turok dies

The former ANC MP was known as one of SA’s foremost thinkers and an author of the Freedom Charter

​Fazela Mohamed must be replaced for parly ethics committee to move forward, says DA

On Thursday, the Western Cape High Court ruled in favour of the DA and its leader Mmusi Maimane and ordered the committee to be reconstituted.

Six critics of the ANC who may have pissed off Mantashe

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe is not happy with former ANC leaders who "lambast the governments and parties they were once proud to serve".

The struggle is in the songs

Several artists are reminding us that protest music has always been at the heart of the revolution.

Notable political books of 2014

Okay, it was an election year, but 2014 saw ever more books on South African politics emerge. Shaun de Waal rounds up the most notable of them.

ANC MPs spring to Dina Pule’s defence

Ethics committee heads Ben Turok and Lemias Mashile were grilled by angry ANC MPs on why law enforcement was brought into the Dina Pule scandal.

Dina Pule: If I made a mistake, I’m sorry

The ousted communications minister cut a lonely figure in Parliament as she was castigated and fined for her role in the ICT Indaba scandal.

SAPS: Pule not involved in assassination plot

There is no evidence which suggests the involvement of Dina Pule in the alleged plot to assassinate top parliamentary officials, insists the police.

Turok assigned bodyguards over Pule investigation

Ben Turok had to be assigned bodyguards due to anonymous threats received while he was leading the probe into axed communications minister Dina Pule.

Turok: We were threatened during Pule investigation

Ethics committee chair Ben Turok says he and the committee registrar received threats against them while investigating allegations against Dina Pule.

Opposition hopes for secrecy Bill court review

Civil society and opposition groups cling to the hope that the controversial Protection of State Information Bill will go to the Constitutional Court.

Secrecy Bill: Ben Turok won’t defy ANC this time

ANC MP Ben Turok says he will vote in favour of the adoption of the secrecy Bill "on the basis of press reports and discussions with colleagues".

Turok: Lack of understanding hampers beneficiation

Former activist Ben Turok says a lack of common understanding about beneficiation has delayed SA from transforming its minerals to usable goods.

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Zuma maintains his true colours at Zondo commission

The former president’s escapades at the commission of inquiry into state capture are a far cry from Nelson Mandela’s response when summonsed to testify in the high court

Shadow of eviction looms over farm dwellers

In part two of a series on the lives of farm dwellers, Tshepiso Mabula ka Ndongeni finds a community haunted by the scourge of eviction

Klipgat residents left high and dry

Flushing toilets were installed in backyards in the North West, but they can’t be used because the sewage has nowhere to go

Press Releases

Touching lives through innovation

Africa has a high youth population that adapts to technology quickly, and this phenomenon is something which should be taken advantage of

Festive Reading

In The Whistleblowers, Mandy Wiener talks to a wide range of the people who have revealed corruption and malfeasance in government and business

Centre for Women & Gender Studies

The CWGS aims to resuscitate the histories of African women from all walks of life in an intellectual cleansing/ukuhlambulula of her story

Greening the Future

The awards are a way of encouraging progress and celebrating those who wake up every day and work to make this country a better more sustainable place

Failing to learn the lessons? The impact of Covid-19 on a Broken and Unequal Education System

If the president was serious about fixing basic education, he would appoint his most competent minister with a powerful mandate to start fixing it

National Science and Technology Forum

It's an independent SETI platform, an essential element of an active democracy and an important part of the collaboration process needed in SETI

Milestones over the NSTF’s 25-year history

The organisation celebrates its Silver Jubilee as an established player in the NSI and as promoter and influencer of SET and innovation in South Africa

Huawei Cloud’s Year-End Sales Carnival

Massive discounts on hot cloud services are on offer along with special coupons and other privileges, but hurry, supplies are limited!