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Sepedi sparked the flame, the centre of my political consciousness

While we have 11 official languages in South Africa, our indigenous languages do not enjoy the same footing or importance as English and Afrikaans.

Siswati: Anger eludes the language of love

The language considered the Italian of Africa might be useful for amorous pursuits but it can prove a major undoing should brawn be required.

English has stolen from too many cultures to count

It has become the nation’s cultural polyfiller. The second choice of millions of South Africans. English is the language of compromise.

Setswana’s always close to my heart

Ke Motswana tota (I'm a pure Motswana). My language is my life and my pride. I think, dream and curse in Setswana.

Sesotho’s the funniest of them all

The advantages of growing up in Soweto are plenty, one being that it is a multicultural society and a melting pot of many languages.

It’s up to us to re-needle the isiXhosa haystack

I'm grateful to the youth of 1976 for taking a stand against Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in black schools.

Oh youth, don’t forsake isiNdebele

Young people fought for their language rights in 1976, but now their interest is gone, writes Vusi Nanas Skosana.

It’s time to share my beautiful language with others

As languages, Tshivenda and isiXhosa are about as far apart from one another other as Venda and the Eastern Cape are in physical distance.

Xitsonga: How can a marginalised language thrive?

It feels like Xitsonga is under a double-pronged attack: It is marginalised even though it is recognised as an official language in our Constitution.

Blackness has hit me in the face

Ever since grade three my isiZulu vocabulary has slipped further and further away from my tongue, writes Kwanele Sosibo.

Sweet, soet, Sotho, boet, ‘n egg en ek

My brother and I grew up in an Afrikaans home, fighting about politics, but he can still surprise me, writes Charles Leonard.

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Construction sites are a ‘death trap’

Four children died at Pretoria sites in just two weeks, but companies deny they’re to blame

Koko claims bias before Zondo commission

In a lawyer’s letter, the former Eskom chief executive says the commission is not being fair to him

ConCourt asked to rule that Zuma must testify for 10 days next year

It is Zondo's legal end game and will leave the former president, his supporters and those implicated in state capture to increasingly play fast and loose at imputing political motive to the commission

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World Aids Day

Huge strides have been made, but the fight against HIV is far from over, and Covid-19 has disrupted testing and treatments

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Cash in your old iPhone to upgrade to a new one or get a reduced rate on your monthly contract from your service provider

Gender-Based Violence

In South Africa, women live in fear. It’s difficult to speak out against the patriarchal system, but many have done so, and continue to do so

POWER Business #OnTheMoney talks to Risenga Maluleke, South African Statistician-General

If Stats SA is to really have timely data that’s accurate and remains relevant then we need to make sure that the institution is strengthened

Dr Sumy Thomas: Deciphering the human puzzle, from the inside out

The Discovery Foundation MGH Fellowship Award recipient for 2020 will focus on internal medicine, particularly the endocrine system of patients affected by HIV

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