Editorials 15.11.2018 09:45 am

Land or jobs? Politicians must listen to the people

You can’t eat land. Merely possessing land is no guarantee of economic freedom or even basic monetary security.

The land reform, or expropriation, or restitution – whatever you call it – has just got even messier. Even as President Cyril Ramaphosa was promising European parliamentarians this week that the whole land issue will be dealt with responsibly, parliament’s joint Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) was pointing to the possibility that the whole “consultation process” may be little more than a scam.

Land or jobs? Politicians must listen to the people
Land or jobs? Politicians must listen to the people

Land or jobs? Politicians must listen to the people

You can’t eat land. Merely possessing land is no guarantee of economic freedom or even basic monetary security.

Out of Limpopo, always something outrageous
Editorials

Out of Limpopo, always something outrageous

We emphasise we are not pointing at ordinary residents, but we are indicating your politicians and senior civil servants.
The benefits of a mixed economy vs socialism
Columns

The benefits of a mixed economy vs socialism

The pragmatic leadership of Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Cyril Ramaphosa saw a market-driven, mixed economy as the future for South Africa.
There are no leaders among our youth
Columns

There are no leaders among our youth

What happened to the churning out of youth greatness from structures like the ANC Youth League?
Lions need all the help they can get
Editorials

Lions need all the help they can get

The Citizen welcomes the release of a new parliamentary report which calls for a ban on captive lion breeding in this country.
Get involved and join the struggle for a better life
Columns

Get involved and join the struggle for a better life

We need to feel safe in our homes and everywhere else. But we don’t. What are you and I going to do about that? Complain, complain, complain?
An itch that needs scratching
Columns

An itch that needs scratching

One little snot-nosed brat spotted my actions and, turning to his mom, said: ‘Mommy, what’s that man doing?’
Oh please, Malusi, pull the other one
Editorials

Oh please, Malusi, pull the other one

This man should be forced to testify to the law enforcement authorities about exactly what he knows about state capture.
Give us undoctored feedback on Russia, Mabuza
Editorials

Give us undoctored feedback on Russia, Mabuza

Does the deputy president have some sort of mentor in Russia? Is someone pulling his strings?
Talking to strangers isn’t always bad
Columns

Talking to strangers isn’t always bad

I was somewhat disappointed to pay and leave, bringing a premature end to the show. Next time an old lady offers me candy, I’m taking it.
Protect the public from this public protector
Columns

Protect the public from this public protector

The biggest challenge facing Mkhwebane is how to stay in office, having clearly demonstrated her understanding of the law and her powers is very limited.
Zuma’s legal bind is a signal to others
Editorials

Zuma’s legal bind is a signal to others

A full bench of the High Court in Pretoria rejected Zuma’s application for leave to appeal against its decision that he personally pay his legal costs.
To Larry, and my lost youth
Columns

To Larry, and my lost youth

When the guns fall silent, the soldiers may be able to share the same contempt for politicians on either side.
Zuma and his clique are traitors
Editorials

Zuma and his clique are traitors

Attacks on the people are attacks on the very fabric of society – and on the state itself. This is more than mere theft. It is tantamount to treason.
ANC government faces e-tolls dilemma
Columns

ANC government faces e-tolls dilemma

The irony is that the ANC’s Gauteng organisation and their mortal political enemy, the Democratic Alliance, are both saying that e-tolls must go.
Jaundiced Eye – Trump shrugs off ineffectual ‘blue wave’
Columns

Jaundiced Eye – Trump shrugs off ineffectual ‘blue wave’

Trump comes out of the midterms marginally stronger. His rallies clearly gave Republican candidates an edge in key battlegrounds.
Timid, politically correct Baggy Greens are plain sad to watch
Columns

Timid, politically correct Baggy Greens are plain sad to watch

To change the essence of a country’s sporting culture to such an extent that it denies what makes it great is worse than losing a moral compass.
Be grateful for life’s little surprises
Columns

Be grateful for life’s little surprises

Quite often life surprises you with suppositories. But, every now and then, it shows you its tender side…
Orchids and Onions – An Orchid for a sparkling ad
Columns

Orchids and Onions – An Orchid for a sparkling ad

And an Onion to a PR man for his ‘shotgun’ press release that greatly annoyed the receiver.
Failed SOEs equal a failed state
Editorials

Failed SOEs equal a failed state

Many SOEs have increased their debt burdens extensively in the past 10 years and, because of that, their long-term financial viability is now in question.
Endangered rhinos should not be diplomatic gifts
Editorials

Endangered rhinos should not be diplomatic gifts

These animals – especially black rhinos – need to be seen as a precious natural resource and not a diplomatic gift.
Put Malusi Gigaba in the trash, where he belongs
Columns

Put Malusi Gigaba in the trash, where he belongs

One could argue that the leaking of his ‘self-help video’ played right into his hands, by making us forget about his more serious screw-ups.
MPs, show the president and citizens some respect
Editorials

MPs, show the president and citizens some respect

The National Assembly is no place for schoolboy-type behaviour, be it smutty comments or gestures, or punch-ups of the sort that should happen behind the bicycle shed.
Prasa’s problems are no laughing matter
Editorials

Prasa’s problems are no laughing matter

How is it possible that in an efficiently run organisation it takes more than a year to do something to make a major purchase effective?
The Western Areas’ forgotten people …
Columns

The Western Areas’ forgotten people …

Prior to the Westbury uprising, the coloureds seemed to have been swept off the slate of infrastructure development by government.
The woes of scorned widows
Columns

The woes of scorned widows

We have failed dismally to hold to account in-laws who treat our mothers, sisters and daughters as dispensable commodities.

 

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