Talking Point 13.4.2018 08:57 am

Why so many new black farmers in SA are bound to fail

The battle to secure support has forced many struggling black farmers to rent out their land to established white farmers.

A new sense of urgency has entered South Africa’s land reform process after the country’s parliament took a resolution to amend the constitution to effect land expropriation without compensation. But even this will fail if the country doesn’t improve support for small and emerging black farmers who should be allocated a prime role in any reform process.

Why so many new black farmers in SA are bound to fail
Why so many new black farmers in SA are bound to fail

Why so many new black farmers in SA are bound to fail

The battle to secure support has forced many struggling black farmers to rent out their land to established white farmers.

Grace Mugabe’s ‘poaching’ is a gift to President Mnangagwa
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Grace Mugabe’s ‘poaching’ is a gift to President Mnangagwa

If the allegations are true, Zimbabwe intends to prosecute Grace Mugabe for ivory and rhino horn smuggling.
Why SA business still associates white men with merit
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Why SA business still associates white men with merit

White men will continue to dominate not because they are better than everyone else but because they think they are.
Can the DA truly challenge the ANC in 2019?
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Can the DA truly challenge the ANC in 2019?

It still has a lot of work to do if it wants to become a credible challenger to become the new ruling party.
A new sexist policy may end Caster Semenya’s career
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A new sexist policy may end Caster Semenya’s career

No one suggests that men with low testosterone should be eligible for female competition, but some women can supposedly compete with men.
Science must fall? Why it still needs to be decolonised
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Science must fall? Why it still needs to be decolonised

We can’t reject science altogether, obviously, but reform is still required in how we learn about it and use it.
Steinhoff’s board behaved badly. Why it needs to be held to account
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Steinhoff’s board behaved badly. Why it needs to be held to account

It’s clear that the board members of Steinhoff live in a different reality where shame does not exist.
Why Malema fan’s dismissal from SAPS for racist post about white genocide was upheld
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Why Malema fan’s dismissal from SAPS for racist post about white genocide was upheld

The Labour Court confirmed Juda Dagane’s use of racist language in 2011 was despicable.
Why sex machines should have rights too
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Why sex machines should have rights too

Humans are already imposing our barely understood sexual ethic upon machines.
Why giving SA’s chiefs more power adds to land dispossession
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Why giving SA’s chiefs more power adds to land dispossession

Power over rural land has become more and more concentrated in the hands of local chiefs in post-apartheid South Africa.
Winnie’s legacy was that she was loved and loathed
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Winnie’s legacy was that she was loved and loathed

The Mother of the Nation who never became First Lady was waging her own struggle within the struggle.
Novel silver compounds offer potential cancer treatment breakthrough
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Novel silver compounds offer potential cancer treatment breakthrough

Until recently, most chemotherapeutic drugs have targeted DNA, directly or indirectly, either by damaging the DNA or interfering with enzymes that repair or fold the DNA.
Jail time for Vicki Momberg sets new precedent for SA
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Jail time for Vicki Momberg sets new precedent for SA

Estate agent Vicki Momberg  was caught on video verbally abusing a black policeman. She used the word ‘kaffirs’ repeatedly during her tirade against men who were trying to assist.
Ramaphosa has started cleaning up, but can he turn SA around?
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Ramaphosa has started cleaning up, but can he turn SA around?

The president faces deep challenges that go far beyond just winning the next elections.
Why it’s hard to work out who really owns the land
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Why it’s hard to work out who really owns the land

In practice, land expropriation in SA may be a difficult matter if we must decide which descendants of the dispossessed are entitled to it.
Why Ramaphosa is probably in no hurry to see Zuma prosecuted
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Why Ramaphosa is probably in no hurry to see Zuma prosecuted

With elections coming up, the ANC has many reasons for hoping its former leader stays as stubborn as ever.
Black people beware: don’t let Black Panther joy mask Hollywood’s racism
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Black people beware: don’t let Black Panther joy mask Hollywood’s racism

Hollywood will allow the world of the Black Panther to be black, only if it doesn’t hurt white people’s feelings.
Gender pay gap: Should men take a pay cut?
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Gender pay gap: Should men take a pay cut?

There’s no guarantee that the saving would be redistributed.
Bold steps are needed toward a ‘new normal’ that allocates water fairly in SA
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Bold steps are needed toward a ‘new normal’ that allocates water fairly in SA

Discussions of the water crisis that has hit Cape Town tend to focus on supply and demand.
Survey shows Zuma and ANC’s mutual dance to the bottom
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Survey shows Zuma and ANC’s mutual dance to the bottom

Cyril Ramaphosa will have a lot of work to do to get the electorate to feel close to the party again.
Can Ramaphosa centre the ANC and quell opposition parties?
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Can Ramaphosa centre the ANC and quell opposition parties?

Meeting the challenges from the opposition will strengthen the ANC’s dominance. How well its new leadership copes will become clearer over coming months.
What ‘blackface’ tells us about China’s patronising attitude towards Africa
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What ‘blackface’ tells us about China’s patronising attitude towards Africa

How a comedy skit demonstrates how clearly China sees itself as the continent’s saviour.
Why things only change in SA when black people get angry enough
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Why things only change in SA when black people get angry enough

As a country, we’re stuck in a destructive pattern to achieve reforms. We can’t keep doing it this way.
Why US’s secretary of state isn’t bothering to visit SA
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Why US’s secretary of state isn’t bothering to visit SA

Being a progressive, democratic state doesn’t help. You need to have a lot of terrorists.
Nudging the city and residents of Cape Town to save water
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Nudging the city and residents of Cape Town to save water

Cape Town is testing new strategies to nudge domestic users into reducing their water use.
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