Class of 2020 learners reflect on completing high school during the global pandemic Learners were wrapping up the first term of the 2020 academic year when Covid-19 started sweeping the country and lockdown was introduced. What was normally a 10-day school holiday quickly became a three-week holiday filled with uncertainty.  A quick look at the...
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COMMENT Zambia’s August 2021 elections are on the horizon. The 2016 polls were closely contested despite widespread irregularities. These have been difficult years for citizens. Even before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, spiralling debt and inflation resulted in rising living costs and contributed to underfunded public services.  Progress in advancing sustainable development is being undermined as...
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“Sentech is in the business of connecting people” SENTECH understands that connectivity is about people. As human beings, we are relational creatures and connecting with others is at the core of our humanity. That is why SENTECH’s tag line “connecting you” has stood the test of time. The company is constantly evolving and reinventing itself...
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During the past three weeks of using the Samsung S21, I have periodically made notes about my experience. As a work-at-home dad, these were the Samsung S21 highlights. They include, but are not limited to: Packaging: Samsung’s packaging is the stuff of dreams. The cutting-edge electronics company has got a good thing going in this...
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This Mail & Guardian webinar was sponsored by Sibanye-Stillwater. It featured as speakers Neal Froneman, Chief Executive Officer, Sibanye-Stillwater; Dawie Mostert, Executive Vice-President: Organisational Growth, Keith Stead, SVP HRD Technical Academy, Sibanye-Stillwater; Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg; and Professor Zeblon Vilakazi, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of the Witwatersrand. It was facilitated...
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In September 2012, Carlos Lopes flew to South Africa to meet Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the veteran Cabinet minister who was about to start her new job in Addis Ababa as chair of the African Union Commission. Lopes, an economist from Guinea-Bissau, was also based in the Ethiopian capital — he had just been appointed as director...
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“Millions of human beings,” wrote anarchist revolutionary and scientist Peter Alexeyevich Kropotkin in his visionary 1892 work of utopian socialism, The Conquest of Bread, “have laboured to create this civilisation on which we pride ourselves today. Other millions, scattered through the globe, labour to maintain it. Without them nothing would be left in 50 years but ruins.” In...
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COMMENT As the work of the Zondo Commission makes abundantly clear, addressing the gross abuse of political power is an urgent need. To that end, greater accountability and discipline within political parties must be part of the solution. Intra-party democracy (IPD) is essential to decentralise power within political parties, and not only to allow fair...
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One of the greatest concerns during the era of state capture under former South African President Jacob Zuma was an attempt to push through the procurement of a fleet of nuclear power stations that co-opted officials claimed would cost “only” R600-billion, but credible sources estimated might cost a trillion rand. Although various South African laws require competitive...
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Argentinian football legend and World Cup winner Diego Maradona has died, aged 60. According to media reports, the icon passed away at his home in Tigre on Wednesday after suffering a heart attack.  Maradona had only recently returned home after surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain. Although the operation had been successful,...
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