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Have black peoples’ lives improved after apartheid?


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

TWENTY-two years into democracy, the question of whether black South Africans have made any socio-economic progress remains highly contested. People like Mohammad Amir Anwar, and political parties like…

I’m scared of Julius Malema and the EFF


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

JULIUS Malema and his Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) assembled in Boipotong Stadium on Friday, to commemorate June 16, Youth Day. Seeing images of huge crowds in red colours…

Sugar tax: It’s about personal freedom


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

FOR us who deeply believe in personal freedom, it is troubling. The notion that South Africa’s political elite unashamedly wants to tax us for consuming sugar and constrict…

An open letter to Professor Jonathan Jansen


DEAR Professor,

I was very saddened to hear that you have resigned as Vice Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State. I found it very hard to swallow.…

Where is Chris Hart?


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

I DON’T know about you, but I miss Chris Hart’s shrewd analysis on South Africa’s economic and social issues. I seriously do. I was thinking about him this…

What have white people done for this country?


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

OVER the past two weeks, we have all been reminded that the post-1994 South Africa still grapples with racism. That we still have a long way to go…

South Africa’s obsession with race will impede its progress


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

AFTER President Jacob Zuma’s flip-flops with the finance ministry last week – sacking Nhlanhla Nene as head of the ministry – and appointing the African National Congress’ backbencher, Desmond van…

The solution to South Africa’s gun-related crime is not tighter gun-control laws


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

IT WAS a night of horror in our house at Roodepoort, Johannesburg, two weeks ago. Two armed men stormed into the house, assaulted us, and robbed us our cell…

Students and universities, I call for peace


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

AS AN advocate of human freedom, which is something out of reach for millions across the globe, I find it extremely painful to see the current wave of…

Wits students, think with common sense!


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

I WAS supposed to be at Wits University this week to attend the ‘What do you know about Black tax’ dialogue, hosted by Busisiwe Gumede of eNews. Unfortunately I…