CHARMAIN NAIDOO: The legalisation of cannabis worries me. I'm an addict

'Anything that is even vaguely mind-altering, or addictive – and freely available – makes me worry'

DARREL BRISTOW-BOVEY: The checkered career of SA's draughts world champ

'I had never heard of Lubabalo Kondlo before this week, when the news broke that he had finally become world champion for the first time'

JONATHAN JANSEN: The strange fragility of post-apartheid students

'Are our SA students becoming too soft? I do not sense this kind of fragility among students in much poorer countries such as Mozambique'

DARREL BRISTOW-BOVEY: How to step into tomorrow without the worry

'The momentum that took him boldly toward the unknown has slowed, now he’s on the edge of it, and it feels like something deep and dark and empty and cold'

CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Innocent Serena was cheated and bullied by an awful umpire

'Serena Williams was bullied on that court by that umpire. She was bullied – and shamed for her post baby body, for her full African American lips'

CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Make no mistake, Markus Jooste knew exactly what was wrong with Steinhoff

'It took five decades to build Steinhoff; like those dominoes on that Ladysmith town hall floor, it collapsed in two days in what has become South Africa’s ...

JONATHAN JANSEN: Students are passing with degrees of absurdity

'The darkish recording on social media shows students screaming and papers flying into the air as an adult voice tries to calm the rebellion with the ...

CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Theresa May did the right thing on this big issue when she came to SA

May described the return of the bell as “a mark of respect for the shared history and bilateral friendship between the two countries”

JONATHAN JANSEN: Why educated women struggle to find partners

'A woman with confidence backed up with major shares from her company and a pending promotion to senior partner is a threat to many South African men'

TOM EATON: Donald Trump's tweet? That was all about white America

'By pretending to support white South African farmers, Trump was begging white American farmers to ignore his pathological dishonesty and immense corruption as ...

CHARMAIN NAIDOO: If only the haters would pick up a self-help book

The world right now is awash with “Self help helpers”. I’ve been inundated this week with books teaching me how to be a better version of myself. The Power of ...

JONATHAN JANSEN: The cold, destructive racism of white, English SA

'For some strange reason my body reacts to white folk in the southern suburbs who speak high English with a pronounced English accent as if they were still in ...

Now you can get out your phone and order an instant wine cellar

'Of course, before you click make your purchase, you need to figure out where you’re going to store your instant stash and how to keep track of the 50 to 168 ...

TYMON SMITH: The day V S Naipaul visited the office

It was the bleakest and most discontented winter of my life. My girlfriend and I had broken up and, filled with self-loathing and despair, I did what ...

DARREL BRISTOW-BOVEY: Storied trees, and the people who love them

Africa needs a Tree of the Year competition, like the one Europe has — what better way to celebrate the joyful interweaving of people and nature?

CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Did you know? South Africa is not regarded as a 'full democracy'

The EDI describes a flawed democracy as 'a country with free elections but weighed down by weak governance, an underdeveloped political culture and low levels ...

Trevor Noah is right. People can be both French and African

The French ambassador’s less-than-amused response to Noah’s joke about France’s World Cup victory, is both ambitious and irrational

JONATHAN JANSEN: Is it time to vote the bums out of power?

'Sadly, there is no new dawn as economists, corporates and citizens around the country are beginning to acknowledge'

CHARMAIN NAIDOO: I'm no dinosaur, kid. I'm adapting to a changing world

'Most people my age – somewhere between babyboomer and millennial – have had to adapt at a rate that has made our heads spin'

CHARMAIN NAIDOO: As I eat my tinfish curry, my anger at Eskom grows

My mother would roll her eyes and sigh Here We Go Again whenever I raised the subject of the private school education afforded my brothers and sister – and not ...

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