You have had an eventful run since your surprise appointment by President Gedleyihlekisa Zuma. Like a few of the President's other appointments, at first we wondered why you? But your sterling work has now spoken volumes for itself. And so credit must go also to Msholozi.

Dear Bathabile Skeletonyana Dlamini, let's talk frankly

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.

It’s Friday, President Jacob Zuma’s not going to and parliament is paralysed because Thuli Madonsela’s a spy. South African politics is too silly to take seriously, so I’ve hacked into the President’s iTunes account and am listening to his beats.

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.

After fees fall

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

On President Jacob Zuma’s complicated relationship with the truth – Pierre de Vos

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.

The vaping giraffe: E-cigarette regulations, who wants it and why?

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.

On President Jacob Zuma’s complicated relationship with the truth – Pierre de Vos

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.

Road death debacle: government mediocrity at its best

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.

Eskom: Broken by politics and incompetence, now breaking South Africa

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

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.

French military personnel try to control supporters who are asking them to disarm fighting gangs, near the airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, December REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu

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

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