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‘White fragility’ is damaging SA universities

Academics at a recent meeting called for white liberals to acknowledge they ‘are the problem’

How our heritage is reduced to ash

Whiteness once again robs black and brown South Africans of their legacy by reducing it to ‘Braai Day’

Dove advertisers can’t wash away the stain of whiteness

The advertisers have shown themselves to be either tone deaf or terribly ignorant — or both.

We’re living La La Land

In this era of post-truths and mediocrity, this pastiche of a movie that masquerades as an original deserves to win.

​Un/Settled: The absolution that wasn’t, and the meaning of being white today

Un/Settled is a documentary and multimedia project that explores “white” identity in South Africa as it is destabilised and questioned.

Letters to the editor: April 1 to 7 2016

Readers write in about state capture, whiteness, the 'colonial literary system', and the Kardashians.

Racism and the Whiteness Default

As white people we are raised to think we are central to everything, especially in relation to other races, writes Gillian Schutte.

Race and class: Divide and conquer?

In a racist world, it's nice when people who benefit from racism, such as Samantha Vice, not only recognise it but stick their necks out in public.

The importance of having a voice

The current debate on whiteness has let the elephant out of the room, says <b>Charles Villet</b>.

End to whiteness a black issue

Apologising for the past or paying a tax merely demobilises claims for reparation from blacks, says <b>Andile Mngxitama</b>.

The story of humility and silence

The explosion of white outrage on white people and how they should "cultivate humility and silence" tells its own story, says <b>Crispin Hemson</b>.

White fear, white shame

The nature of the response to Samantha Vice is noteworthy, and worth trying to understand, writes <b>Lucy Allais</b>.

Vice of white silence

The gist of Samantha Vice's plea is that history places a moral burden on whites, writes <b>Mvuselelo Ngcoya</b>.

‘Just equal’ — what do I want?

We need to learn to dance together without standing on each other's toes, says <b>Lynn Maree</b>.

Transparency a cure for the ‘resources curse’

The move to make mining companies disclose government payments could benefit Africans says <b>Sipho Moyo</b>.

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Hawks swoop down with more arrests in R1.4-billion corruption blitz

The spate of arrests for corruption continues apace in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.

SANDF hid R200m expenditure on ‘Covid’ drug it can’t use

Military health officials are puzzled by the defence department importing a drug that has not been approved for treating coronavirus symptoms from Cuba

Epic fail: Africa’s Fortnite battle

Forced onto the backfoot by poor ping and overseas servers, African gamers are getting creative in an attempt to play one of the biggest competitive games. In the second instalment of our gaming corner, we chat to some of the innovators

Press Releases

Disrupt the corrupt

Whistle-blowers should be seen as real heroes in the fight against corruption and we need a change in culture for this to happen

Corporates: A force for good for a sustainable future

In order to see people and nature thrive what is required is a strong focus on partnerships – we cannot act alone anymore

Combatting wildlife crime in Southern Africa activity annual programme statement (APS) No. 04

Concept papers are sought for implementating activities, for a multi-faceted programme that aims to reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife

The financial decisions made during your life journey, and their impact on your retirement outcome

The longer you save towards retirement the larger your retirement savings are expected to be due to the effect of compounding interest

In conversation with SA Reserve Bank Governer, Lesetja Kganyago

'Make interest rates zero and inflation goes up and then people save less – we need savings to fund investment in this country'

Secure your business from cyber threats

Many business-grade security systems now have built-in learning systems and AI to help businesses stay up to date with protection

Mental Health

During the pandemic there's been a dramatic increase in depression, anxiety and suicides, according to some of the surveys done

Expert financial advice still recommended – especially in uncertain times

A financial advisor is an expert who will help you to protect your wealth and make a realistic plan when unexpected events threaten your wellbeing

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