Fernando Alonso’s imminent retirement from Formula One inevitably draws comparisons with the sport’s greats. Considered to be one of the best of his generation, many suggest that the Spaniard’s two F1 World Championships, remarkable by anyone’s measure, sell his talents short. His record, and his retirement, provides an opportunity to ask what makes sportspeople excel and realise their true potential?
The biographical drama about Neil Armstrong, First Man, will soon arrive at your local movie theatre. It’s once again an opportunity for space enthusiasts to relive the great space race era of the 1960s, and the journey of humankind to the Moon.
Op-Ed: Corporate Corruption (Part 3): What if democracy could be fixed by knowing how much your neighbour earns and owns?
Making all tax returns of South African individual taxpayers publicly available might seem radical but in a post-state capture context, it might be the way to rebuild people’s confidence in our tax system.
While many were riveted to the hearings before the US Senate’s judiciary subcommittee concerning Judge Brett Kavanaugh and justifiably wondered how such a person could be a judge, let alone one on the highest court of his country, we in South Africa were having our own judicial embarrassment.
The tender for the second of two mega-bridges on the proposed N2 Wild Coast toll road was awarded last month. Costing a combined R3.3 billion, they are built on an as-yet non-existent road and the dubious belief that public infrastructure investment boosts the economy.
We have a responsibility to uplift the lives of our people and if we cannot do that with economic assets such as land ownership, we might as well abandon the ANC’s historical mission of delivering social and economic emancipation to the millions of poor and working people.
NELSON MANDELA BAY: Athol Trollip spills beans on backdrop to his ousting as Nelson Mandela Bay mayor
Ousted Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip says he is now “under-employed” — serving as an opposition councillor after being overthrown in a coup orchestrated by his former deputy, the UDM’s Mongameli Bobani. Trollip’s relationship with UDM leader Bantu Holomisa is now actively hostile; EFF leader Julius Malema famously urged councillors to ‘cut the throat of whiteness’ and depose Trollip, but despite this, the DA politician is still convinced that coalition governments can work.
When power changes hands in a political game, many players end up getting caught up in the fallout. While the centre of gravity goes one way, it can overnight pull in the opposite direction. When this happens, some people end up falling into a political black hole. Over the last few days there has been some evidence that Malusi Gigaba, the Minister of Home Affairs, has been involved in several incidents which surely indicate that he is finding it difficult to maintain his public composure. It would appear he is busy falling into a black hole of his own making.
Suspended SARS commissioner Tom Moyane’s recent experiences read like a work of fiction. In his application to the Constitutional Court challenging his disciplinary hearing and the inquiry into SARS under his leadership, Moyane describes himself as a victim of a conspiracy.
Parliamentary Notebook: Ipid paints a grim picture – in 2017/18, 558 deaths from police action and 201 deaths in custody
The deaths of 759 people in the last financial year can be linked to the police — 201 died in police custody, while 558 people died as a result of police action. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate 2017/18 annual report paints a grim picture as police torture complaints increased by 44 to 217, and 43 on-duty police officers came under investigation for rape, eight more than a year earlier.
Violence erupted in Westbury in Johannesburg on Monday after residents shut down the area demanding that authorities address long-standing issues in the community. Residents admitted that drugs were a problem in the area, but said the issue was also political. Residents accuse authorities of discriminating against the coloured population.
Analysis: Nugent and Zondo inquiries: Where Meandos go to die — flushing out lies, waffle and BS in State Capture project
The terms of reference for the Nugent Commission of Inquiry into SARS and the Zondo Commission into State Capture leave little room for waffle, bullshit or that uniquely South African decoy, the Meando. Former SARS executive, Luther Lebelo, as well as retired judge Frank Kroon discovered last week that Meandos do not baffle legal brains. Lebelo had to leave early for a little lie down when the questions became too specific.