News24.com | DA is still the party of the future

News24.com | DA is still the party of the future

I have been reading the story of a possible split in the DA and that the DA is losing support. My take is that the DA is the only party that can be a true opposition party to the ANC. It is also the only party that could possibly govern one day, be that on their own or as part of a coalition. The DA is a party for South […]

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News24.com | Failed leaders do not make Pan Africanism a fantasy

News24.com | Failed leaders do not make Pan Africanism a fantasy

In his Mondli Makhanya all but calls Pan-Africanism a fantasy. Pan Africanism is about restoring the dignity of African communities and minimising the effects of artificial colonial borders. Makhanya focuses on the behaviour of some post-colonial African leaders and based on that, seems to dismiss Pan Africanism as epitomised by Africa Day as a useless concept. We need to bear in mind that current African leaders have simply occupied the […]

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News24.com | ANC can fix the economy, but they don‘t

News24.com | ANC can fix the economy, but they don‘t

By doing the right things fearlessly the government can fix the economy and make the people happy. So why don‘t they? Who can deny that our economy collapsed under the ANC government? Can Cyril Ramaphosa deny it? The ANC destroyed our economy even before they ruled by campaigning for disinvestment, striking, protesting, vandalising and intimidating workers, boycotts, sanctions and social upheaval. They now fail because they allow the labour unions […]

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News24.com | Ramaphosa‘s first 100 days: a calm and confident captain

News24.com | Ramaphosa‘s first 100 days: a calm and confident captain

Mr President, you came to power during a great crisis. The economy was a mess. The South African public had lost all confidence in government and public institutions. Corruption and outright theft were rampant. The rule of law had failed. Sir, you have not magically solved these problems in the first 100 days. Nobody expected you to “pull off” a miracle like this. What you have done is show that […]

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News24.com | Mr President, I give you 6/10 for your first 100 days. Here‘s why

News24.com | Mr President, I give you 6/10 for your first 100 days. Here‘s why

Dear Mr President, I see a lot in the media about your first 100 days. Seeing that you gave yourself 8/10, I thought I would do my own rating. I hope you don’t mind I have chosen 10 key points and given you a score for each. [1 = Well done. ½ = could do better. 0 = Poorly done.] 1.       New appointments: SOEs and Crime Fighting [1 point] After […]

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News24.com | Domestic workers still receive zero respect

News24.com | Domestic workers still receive zero respect

Forget about the employers’ skin colour. This has nothing to do with race in South Africa or in any other country. This has everything to do with the respect and gratitude shown by the household employers towards those helping them to do that which they are unable to carry out.  For so many years, most of us believed that domestic workers were best suitable to work for white people than […]

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News24.com | Justice system responsible for high rate of women abuse

News24.com | Justice system responsible for high rate of women abuse

, including , constantly emphasise women abuse as a societal issue. , Cele said, “It is up to society to set a trend that perpetrators of acts of crime against women are not welcome… It’s not just a law enforcement issue, it’s a societal issue.” But by emphasising society’s role, he minimises the justice system’s accountability pertaining to women abuse. Justice officials never reveal the great lengths that both SAPS […]

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News24.com | Confusion in a racist country

News24.com | Confusion in a racist country

I write to you as an extremely confused citizen of our country and a member of the white race. As a white person in our new democracy I have to bear with article upon article that reprimands me to stop being racist in either a direct or indirect manner. In the same token I have to listen to racist commentary from certain politicians and journalists that generalise the white population […]

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News24.com | How to solve the Willemse/Mallett/Botha saga

News24.com | How to solve the Willemse/Mallett/Botha saga

There is a very simple way of getting to the bottom of, and sorting out, the SuperSport Studio Saga once and for all. SuperSport should interview everyone on the broadcast set and establish whether there is a pattern of abusive and racist behaviour or not and what that pattern reveals. Do Mallet and Botha undermine anyone else in the studio? Are there other black and coloured staff who feel undermined […]

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News24.com | A voter‘s dilemma: Who is being genuine about land?

News24.com | A voter‘s dilemma: Who is being genuine about land?

It is becoming more apparent lately that almost all political parties are now talking about the land issue. However, it is very difficult to determine who is genuine about the land issue. It is very difficult to tell who really wants to give ownership of land to those who are landless. On the contrary, this does not come as a suprise. With the national elections drawing nigh, and political parties must […]

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News24.com | Ashwin Willemse saga: The downsides of crying wolf

News24.com | Ashwin Willemse saga: The downsides of crying wolf

Finally, after days of speculation as to what caused the whole Ashwin-Gate on Supersport this past Saturday, we have clarity on what caused the entire debacle. If what has been reported is to be believed, a technical fault started a chain of events that would eventually lead to Ashwin Willemse walking off a live TV set, under the auspices of being the victim of racial discrimination. But that wasn‘t the […]

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News24.com | The real cost of state capture

News24.com | The real cost of state capture

Recently the respected former finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, revealed that it is estimated that at least R100bn had been lost due to “state capture”. This widely respected man suggested that this amount, which equates to roughly 9% of government spending in South Africa, would have been sufficient to double social grants. While it can be argued that social grants are indeed one way of combatting poverty, a solid argument can […]

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News24.com | The message behind the royal wedding

News24.com | The message behind the royal wedding

“God is love, and those who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.” From the moment this powerful biblical quote was spoken to open the royal wedding ceremony of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle, I was struck by an undercurrent message acknowledging us all to be equals, brothers and sisters, regardless of race or nationality, with love being the only criteria earning us honour. This […]

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News24.com | Racist or incompetent: who will be fired?

News24.com | Racist or incompetent: who will be fired?

The Ashwin Willemse saga has brought up a few thoughts that I would like to share: The immediate reaction by politicians, social media and also some opinions on News24 portray the attitude that Nick Mallet and Naas Botha had bullied Willemse by making racist remarks or acting in a manner that made him feel inferior because of his race. These remarks and commentary were made without any confirmation of what actually transpired. I would like […]

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News24.com | The role power and privilege played in the Ashwin Willemse conversation

News24.com | The role power and privilege played in the Ashwin Willemse conversation

Power and privilege manifests itself in a lot of small and big ways in the workplace. There are a lot of people who complicate the conversation by denying they have it to begin with. I’m willing to go further and say it’s this denialism that causes tension in the multicoloured and multilingual office of 2018. Apartheid 101 Without diving too deeply into South African history, and its impact on the […]

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News24.com | Ashwin Willemse was unprofessional

News24.com | Ashwin Willemse was unprofessional

Well, well, well …. another political storm over rugby…. I must admit that I become immensely annoyed when sport and politics are mixed. What is also noteworthy is the speed at which the sports minister has jumped in – his side already chosen at this ridiculously early stage of the investigation. I have read a lot of the blogs over this issue and 75% of the comments are polarised: Black supporting […]

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News24.com | Ashwin debacle: Remove the Springbok name

News24.com | Ashwin debacle: Remove the Springbok name

The time is ready for the Springbok also to be removed and a more suitable politically correct name to be chosen in its place. The Springbok represented a winning culture by skillful rugby players who were until recently chosen for just that. How can we expect the players to beat the All Blacks if you are limited to include a certain number of players based on politicians‘ beliefs? No other […]

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News24.com | Ashwin Willemse: We‘re all jumping the gun…

News24.com | Ashwin Willemse: We‘re all jumping the gun…

Ashwin Willemse caused a major stir on Saturday evening, after walking off a live post match analysis broadcast, leaving all viewers confused about what was happening. In true South African style (myself included), we have already taken sides before knowing the facts of what led to the incident. More worrying though, is the reaction by individuals and organisations who have called for the heads of Nick Mallet and Naas Botha, […]

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News24.com | On Ashwin Willemse, AfriForum and the ‘whites only‘ signs that are still there

News24.com | On Ashwin Willemse, AfriForum and the ‘whites only‘ signs that are still there

My name is Gareth Stead. I am a recovering racist. I was dehumanised by oppressive systems called apartheid and colonialism. I am in recovery now. I am deeply grateful that I am being rehumanised to no longer see myself as superior to others and I am mindful that I am still very much on this journey. I still make mistakes and get blinded by my past conditioning at times without […]

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News24.com | The 2018 fuel crisis

News24.com | The 2018 fuel crisis

So, recently oil prices have risen from $30 a barrel at the end of 2015, to the current price of $78,63 per barrel. Multiple factors have caused this increase in the oil price, including the continued political turmoil in oil-exporter Venezuela, US sanctions on Iran and a simultaneous worldwide increase in demand. Although less severe in nature, the sharp increase in oil echoes the oil crises of the 1970s. Oil […]

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