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The spooks at our State Security Agency are asleep at the wheel. While Minister Cwele’s job is to protect us all – to make sure terrorists, political radicals and foreign spies do not cause harm to law-abiding South Africans and our institutions of state and government – he seems to have interpreted his mandate (somewhat more narrowly) as being the head of the Presidential Protection Unit. Worse yet, Cwele oversees a budget of R3 billion per annum.

Minister Cwele, what are our spies doing with their R3 billion budget?

The spooks at our State Security Agency are asleep at the wheel. While Minister Cwele’s job is to protect us all – to make sure terrorists, political radicals and foreign spies do not cause harm to law-abiding South Africans and our institutions of state and government – he seems to have interpreted his mandate (somewhat more narrowly) as being the head of the Presidential Protection Unit. Worse yet, Cwele oversees a budget of R3 billion per annum.

In his column dated 27 January, Johann Redelinghuys argues that economic inequality is part of the natural order of things, and that attempts to fix it are, essentially, a waste of time and resources. He is wrong on every level: morally, practically and factually.

The wealth gap and inequality can and should be fixed

In his column dated 27 January, Johann Redelinghuys argues that economic inequality is part of the natural order of things, and that attempts to fix it are, essentially, a waste of time and resources. He is wrong on every level: morally, practically and factually.

Ordinary voters have little or no say in who will represent them in the national or the various provincial legislatures. It is often argued that this will change if we changed the electoral system. But changing the electoral system on its own will probably not make as big a difference as most people think

Democratic internal party processes? Hmmm, unlikely.

Ordinary voters have little or no say in who will represent them in the national or the various provincial legislatures. It is often argued that this will change if we changed the electoral system. But changing the electoral system on its own will probably not make as big a difference as most people think. This is because party leaders and party elites will retain a decisive say in who serves in Parliament – unless the manner in which political parties nominate electoral candidates become…

In the age of bite-sized infographics, a feature such as “Aids by the numbers” is bound to be popular. The numbers sure looked sensational. Still, they were not only meaningless, but appeared to show the exact opposite of the truth.

On HIV/Aids and scary-big numbers

In the age of bite-sized infographics, a feature such as “Aids by the numbers” is bound to be popular. The numbers sure looked sensational. Still, they were not only meaningless, but appeared to show the exact opposite of the truth.

In his latest piece, Stephen Grootes abandons the least convincing aspects of his “culture of entitlement” argument, first developed in the Daily Maverick on 20 January 2014. He no longer opines that the state should get out of the way, and let everyone “do it for themselves”. Nor does he insist that “white kids . . . are told that it’s up to them” while black people sit idly by waiting for a handout.

SA’s transformation: No-one can do it alone, Mr Grootes

In his latest piece, Stephen Grootes abandons the least convincing aspects of his “culture of entitlement” argument, first developed in the Daily Maverick on 20 January 2014. He no longer opines that the state should get out of the way, and let everyone “do it for themselves”. Nor does...

Ordinary voters have little or no say in who will represent them in the national or the various provincial legislatures. It is often argued that this will change if we changed the electoral system. But changing the electoral system on its own will probably not make as big a difference as most people think.

Democratic internal party processes? Hmmm, unlikely.

Ordinary voters have little or no say in who will represent them in the national or the various provincial legislatures. It is often argued that this will change if we changed the electoral system. But changing the electoral system on its own will probably not make as big a difference as most people think. This is because party leaders and party elites will retain a decisive say in who serves in Parliament – unless the manner in which political parties nominate electoral candidates become…

In his latest piece, Stephen Grootes abandons the least convincing aspects of his “culture of entitlement” argument, first developed in the Daily Maverick on 20 January 2014. He no longer opines that the state should get out of the way, and let everyone “do it for themselves”. Nor does he insist that “white kids . . . are told that it’s up to them” while black people sit idly by waiting for a handout.

SA’s transformation: No-one can do it alone, Mr Grootes

In his latest piece, Stephen Grootes abandons the least convincing aspects of his “culture of entitlement” argument, first developed in the Daily Maverick on 20 January 2014. He no longer opines that the state should get out of the way, and let everyone “do it for themselves”. Nor does...

Following another successful and peaceful demonstration by thousands of motorcyclists and car owners on Saturday, many read with interest the stark statements made by Sanral CEO Nazir Alli, in which he instructed them to “respect the law and accept e-tolls” and added that “nearly a million people have already registered for e-tags, which shows the system is legitimate.” But these are clear signals of an organisation completely out of touch with the reality on the e-toll saga.

Sanral – critically out of touch with reality?

Following another successful and peaceful demonstration by thousands of motorcyclists and car owners on Saturday, many read with interest the stark statements made by Sanral CEO Nazir Alli, in which he instructed them to “respect the law and accept e-tolls” and added that “nearly a million people have already registered for e-tags, which shows the system is legitimate.” But these are clear signals of an organisation completely out of touch with the reality on the e-toll saga.

The World Economic Forum has identified wealth disparity as the “most probable menace to the global economy during the next decade”. World leaders from Barack Obama to Jacob Zuma and even the Pope, God bless him, have all picked up on the theme.

The wealth gap and inequality cannot be ‘fixed’

The World Economic Forum has identified wealth disparity as the “most probable menace to the global economy during the next decade”. World leaders from Barack Obama to Jacob Zuma and even the Pope, God bless him, have all picked up on the theme. Amidst all the poverty summits and anguished breast-beating, there seems to be little understanding that it is pointless because individual differences and inequality are clearly established elements in the natural order of things.

Motor vehicles are dangerous. They kill and maim people and destroy property. The cost to our economy is prohibitive, not to mention the human misery and suffering victims and their loved ones have to endure. By Justin McCarthy

Motor vehicles are dangerous. Government should ban them.

Motor vehicles are dangerous. They kill and maim people and destroy property. The cost to our economy is prohibitive, not to mention the human misery and suffering victims and their loved ones have to endure. Thus, in order to reduce the harm done by them, government should introduce a raft of measures such as reducing speed limits, raising the legal driving age and banning vehicle advertising – because advertising glamourises speed and encourages the reckless abuse of vehicles.

Last week, I came under fire for writing, essentially, that hand-outs were not the answer to our country’s problems. The responses came thick and fast, but I was in the air at the time. I since landed, and think we need to have a proper debate.

Let’s talk about SA’s reality: Hand-outs vs. a hand up

Last week, I came under fire for writing, essentially, that hand-outs were not the answer to our country’s problems. The responses came thick and fast, but I was in the air at the time. I since landed, and think we need to have a proper debate.

The collective, relentless criticism of Jacob Zuma and his administration, though legitimate and warranted in most cases, reveals an irrational ego-driven agenda, which the development of South Africa can ill-afford at this point of our democratic evolution. Intellectuals, analysts and the chattering classes must look to themselves for an explanation of this state of affairs

Jacob Zuma and the collective narcissism of the chattering classes

The collective, relentless criticism of Jacob Zuma and his administration, though legitimate and warranted in most cases, reveals an irrational ego-driven agenda, which the development of South Africa can ill-afford at this point of our democratic evolution. Intellectuals, analysts and the chattering classes must look to themselves for an explanation of this state of affairs. A truly civic-minded and humble motivation is required in our criticism of this man and his gang if we are to avoid…

After 14 South African soldiers died on the streets of Bangui, South Africa’s military commitment to the Central African Republic halted abruptly. This was a popular decision at home. But was it the right one? Is there anything we could have done to prevent the CAR’s swift descent into chaos and humanitarian crisis? SIMON ALLISON looks for answers.

South Africa in the CAR: Was pulling the troops a catastrophic mistake?

After 14 South African soldiers died on the streets of Bangui, South Africa’s military commitment to the Central African Republic halted abruptly. This was a popular decision at home. But was it the right one? Is there anything we could have done to prevent the CAR’s swift descent into chaos and humanitarian crisis? SIMON ALLISON looks for answers.

Stephen Grootes blames “the culture of entitlement” which, he says, is “holding us back” in his Daily Maverick article of 20 January 2014. There’s a lot to be said about his lack of compassion and empathy for the majority of South Africans who live without the basic elements of a decent existence.

Dear Mr Grootes: a welfare state is a just state

Stephen Grootes blames “the culture of entitlement” which, he says, is “holding us back” in his Daily Maverick article of 20 January 2014. There’s a lot to be said about his lack of compassion and empathy for the majority of South Africans who live without the basic elements of a dece...

Long time no see, Sir. It has been a while since we engaged. How is your new life now as a 'political journalist', Sir? What a flattering title for a former party spin-doctor. Your overnight conversion from a loyal party propagandist into a 'political writer' is indeed a remarkable feat.

From DA spin-doctor to journalist: An open letter to Gareth van Onselen

Long time no see, Sir. It has been a while since we engaged. How is your new life now as a 'political journalist', Sir? What a flattering title for a former party spin-doctor. Your overnight conversion from a loyal party propagandist into a 'political writer' is indeed a remarkable feat.

Service delivery protests will continue to feature in the news as we head up to the 2014 elections. I look back at my time covering these and wonder if they are always what they seem.

Reporting on service delivery protests: A view from the field

Service delivery protests will continue to feature in the news as we head up to the 2014 elections. I look back at my time covering these and wonder if they are always what they seem.