BOOK REVIEW: Ton Vosloo’s book has lessons for today’s political journalists who actively take sides
The debate over whether Naspers’s Ton Vosloo and his allies supported the more ‘enlightened’ apartheid thugs misses the point. The gravest sin of the Afrikaans media was not what it said but what it systematically hid from its public: the forced removals, the prison torture, the slave working conditions, the censorship, the petty segregation, the daily humiliations — all the conditions that defined apartheid and made it so horrifying to the rest of the world.
The National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) has applied for an urgent interdict in an attempt to stop the South African government from facilitating selling lion bones used in fake tiger bone wine and other questionable purposes.
Many South Africans sniff disapprovingly about narcotics while throwing back litres of alcohol — the most abused drug in the country. But global support for restricting alcohol use is growing and the Economic Freedom Fighters intends to push for a ban on liquor advertising.
Midterms cometh: US Senate confirms Donald J Kavanaugh ascension to the US Supreme Court, sentences country to his life, no parole
With Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as an associate justice on the US Supreme Court, the battle for the 2018 midterm election is now joined. And the divisions in the country are making things more dangerous for its political stability.
Saul Musker: View From Afar: Commissions of Inquiry remind us of the importance of good public servants
During the first two decades of democracy, South Africa’s public service underwent a series of massive reforms. Still, for most ordinary people, the inner workings of the bureaucracy have remained opaque and unimportant. One positive by-product of the ongoing commissions of inquiry into State Capture and SARS is a renewed awareness of the crucial role that individual bureaucrats play at every level of government.
South Africa needs to reverse the mentality of seeing corruption as a defence game, where those who don’t engage in it stand to lose out. Corruption remains the biggest threat to our democracy and to any potential social and economic reform directed at empowering the poor majority.
In South Africa’s public service the proportion of officials with strong, clear commitments to ethical principles is small. Officials like Themba Maseko — who dismissed the Guptas’ overtures and demands with outrage — are exceptions.
Dagga ruling's grey areas: Following ConCourt ruling, SAPS continues to arrest people for possession of cannabis
The new ConCourt judgment legalising private use of cannabis should lead to a decrease in dagga arrests, but power still rests with the police. To date, cannabis arrests are one of the biggest SAPS arrest categories. Complete decriminalisation would free up R3.5-billion in police resources. This could be put to good use in combating the worrying 7 % increase in the murder rate, contained in the latest SAPS crime stats.
Our healthcare system should know no boundaries. Our Constitution makes no distinction in the Bill of Rights between South African citizens and foreign nationals who live within the boundaries of the Republic of South Africa. Yet the NHI has the potential not only to be hijacked by commercial interest groups, but is tumbling down the slippery slope of xenophobia.
In looking for a “silver bullet” to improve the quality of South African schools, a focus on principals and their selection would be a good candidate. As researchers the world over have shown, the quality and commitment of a school’s principal can have a decisive impact on performance.
A collaborative service delivery model promises to alleviate the burden of unreasonable tasks among teachers and, in turn, allow them to concentrate on meeting standards for pedagogy. What is more, professionals will be able to generate innovative solutions to students’ physical and emotional needs.
These are some of the salient points in Zakes Mda’s You Fool, How Can The Sky Fall that still resonate today – and sadly always will, given the nature of some who seek power. Yet despite its moments of biting commentary, the satire fails to deliver the thorough mauling that it should.
Land Policy Debate: Motlanthe explains views on traditional leaders – and they are not going to like it
At the Nobel Inspired Lecture to celebrate Nelson Mandela and the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, Kgalema Motlanthe tried to clear the air regarding recent controversial comments about traditional leaders and the Ingonyama Trust. The former president doubled down on his stance that the land must be owned by the people, not by traditional leaders.
Kim Jong Un has agreed to hold a second summit with US President Donald Trump as soon as possible, Seoul said Sunday, after Washington's top diplomat held "productive" talks on denuclearisation with the North Korean leader in Pyongyang.
The future of Nhlanhla Nene as the Finance Minister of South Africa, once seen as so vital to the country’s renewal, is now in serious doubt. Bluntly, it now seems almost 50/50 as to whether he will survive until the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement.