Burying Mandela

Burying Mandela

Burying Mandela It won’t be long before South Africa buries its democracy’s founding father, Nelson…

SAPS winning our war

SAPS winning our war

Just as they are winning the war on crime, bemused police have their own crimes…

Open letter to Wits

Open letter to Wits

OPEN LETTER TO A UNIVERSITY I LOVE, OF WHICH I HAVE VERY HIGH EXPECTATIONS Dear…

Vavi’s comeuppance

Vavi’s comeuppance

It is comforting to boil political developments in SA down to simple ANC factional politics….

A nation of shopkeepers

A nation of shopkeepers

“Forget about old-style corporate ladders to success. South Africans need to be entrepreneurs and have…

Working against jobs

Working against jobs

Working nine-to-five might be “no way to make a living” goes the old ditty, but…

We’re all getting richer

We’re all getting richer

Last month, finance minister Pravin Gordhan announced a downgrading of SA’s gross domestic product (GDP)…

Goodnight to Aids

Goodnight to Aids

Golly, that was a close shave! Just as we should have watched a holocaust of…

Religion on the up

Religion on the up

Some things are so ingrained that we’d be astonished if they disappeared. For South Africans,…

Celebrate the miners

Celebrate the miners

For a country whose industrialisation started with mining, we seem carefree at that sector’s demise….

Back to feudalism

Back to feudalism

There’s never been a good time to be an African, in a rural setting, and…

Schooling gets better

Like Russians under communism, South Africans turn to dark humour to describe “transformation” of our…

Take the long view

Take the long view

What is it that makes us South Africans see things in extremes? At one end,…