JONATHAN JANSEN: How a small band of disrupters hold education hostage

'You can give every student free higher education tomorrow, and the disrupters would find another item of discontent and continue the chaos'

1 day ago
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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Helen Zille - The lady is a Trump

'I think its careless talk and just takes us away from what should be the real debate: Corruption and patronage and incompetence … '

7 days ago
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JONATHAN JANSEN: The deep and anxious groaning about the fate of the 'taal'

'Why are Afrikaans taalstryders taking universities to court and attacking university academics and leaders with a different view?'

8 days ago
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TOM EATON: And the tenth circle of Dante's hell is ...

'It is a place of infinite suffering and utter despair, echoing with the wailing of the damned'

10 days ago
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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Jack, the beanstalk and the giant social grants fiasco

'Maybe the minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini was told that story at her mother’s knee. It would explain how she deals with unethical behaviour'

14 days ago
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JONATHAN JANSEN: Where you study matters as much as what you study

'The market screens degrees based on whether you achieved that qualification at the University of Zululand or the University of Cape Town. Nobody wants to deal ...

15 days ago
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Strong evidence that tough smoking laws reduce heart attacks

'Secondhand smoke has immediate effects on blood and blood vessels in a way that increases the risk of triggering a heart attack'

16 days ago
TOM EATON: The fine art of not appreciating the fine art

'I saw the artist glaring at us, despising our spineless decision to come to see his work, hating our approving nods. I understood his anger'

17 days ago
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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: The social grant crisis is the worst form of discrimination

'It's like the people who run this agency don’t care about poor people, 16-million poor people to be exact'

20 days ago
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JONATHAN JANSEN: When are we going to grow up and realise not all blacks think the same?

'There is no typical black person. You will find black people of every political conviction and every religious persuasion'

22 days ago
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TOM EATON: Please don't click on this article because of the headline

'We don't compulsively follow the news because we want to know what's happening in the US or Syria. We follow it because we need to touch and be touched by ...

24 days ago
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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: How 'sugar' has become a rude word

'What is clear is that sugar is out of fashion. Not just that. It’s vilified as an addictive killer and the new fad is to cut it from one’s diet altogether'

26 days ago
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JONATHAN JANSEN: When hidden talent is allowed to reach its potential

'As these black women overcome the obstacles facing them, they solve the complex mathematics and the even more complex human relations'

29 days ago
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TOM EATON: You know, that budget thing that Pravin does with all the numbers?

'Gordhan could recite the collected lyrics of Adele and we'd think something fiscally significant had just happened'

1 month ago
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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: Out on the charcoal sea with the heroes of the SS Mendi

'They told how they clung to bobbing bits of wood from the breaking up Mendi until they were plucked from the sea by rescue ships'

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JONATHAN JANSEN: Expect the nation to follow Parliament's violent example

'This is what happens when an utterly corrupt and contemptuous leader fails to step down. After all, the Constitutional Court found that the president had ...

1 month ago
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TOM EATON: Love and Valentine's Day go together like a horse and abattoir

The Romantic-Industrial Complex has harvested the beautiful subtleties of attraction and loyalty, clamped them in a pink, fuzzy vice, and doused them with ...

1 month ago
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CHARMAIN NAIDOO: There it was again, the reptilian laugh as the MPs screamed

'This week, I dug deep to find some way to understand the violence and the racism and the anger and the confusion and the hate at the State of the Nation ...

1 month ago
JONATHAN JANSEN: Are you teaching your kids how to grow in a free society?

'A dogmatic and self-assured adult who knows all the answers, whether a parent or teacher or priest, creates the deep furrows along which young minds travel'

1 month ago
TOM EATON: Robin Hoods and the sheriffs of Saxonwold

Certainly, our current politics might be livelier if the robbin' hoods in government, stealing from the poor to give to the rich, were forced to reapply for ...

1 month ago