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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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Major questions have emerged about the killing of four alleged Namibian poachers by Botswana Defence Force (BDF) soldiers, including claims that the victims were unarmed fishermen and one may have been executed after he was arrested. The incident has heightened tensions between Namibia and Botswana, sparking protests last Friday in Windhoek and the Zambezi Region...
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Sabinet, one of the most respected thinkers at the intersection of law and technology, is proud to announce a new service – Sabinet Judgments. This is an exciting addition to Sabinet’s legal content portfolio — providing access to a broader spectrum of legal information. Sabinet’s overarching commitment to consistently offer the quickest, easiest route to...
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The light holders of society The South African public education system will collapse without the commitment and selflessness of its 400 000-strong teaching force. These were the words of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga as she celebrated World Teachers’ Day on October 30 2020.  Held under the theme: “Teachers leading in crisis: re-imaging the future”,...
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Growing Seamless transport modes October is marked as Transport Month in South Africa. It is hosted by government to remind us just how vital an intermodal transport network via sea ports, roads, railways and airports is to our economy. While there are certainly challenges that need to be addressed, there is a great deal to...
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The ‘new normal’ can get you down Life under lockdown was tough enough. It affected the mental health of millions all over the world; the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) reported that daily calls to their helpline had doubled. SADAG board chairperson, Dr Frans Korb, said the initial focus was on the medical...
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The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) sponsored this webinar as part of the series on “Navigating the Covid-19 pandemic”, presented by JSE and the Mail & Guardian. The guest speakers included Valdene Reddy, Director of Capital Markets at the JSE; Mamello Matikinca Ngwenya, Chief Economist at First National Bank (FNB) and Chris Holdsworth of Investment strategy...
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