Talking Point 30.8.2017 01:55 pm

SA’s first online rhino horn auction ends in risky impasse

Private rhino horn owner John Hume recently held South Africa’s first online rhino horn auction, a major event in the ongoing fight by private rhino owners to be able to sell legal horn stocks.

But in a statement released on Hume’s behalf it was admitted that there were very few bidders for the 264 horns.

SA’s first online rhino horn auction ends in risky impasse
SA’s first online rhino horn auction ends in risky impasse

SA’s first online rhino horn auction ends in risky impasse

Private rhino horn owner John Hume recently held South Africa’s first online rhino horn auction, a major event in the ongoing fight by private rhino owners to be able to sell legal horn stocks.

Women in power are complicit in SA’s gender-based violence
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Women in power are complicit in SA’s gender-based violence

As SA marked Women’s Month, which celebrates the milestones and achievements of its women, a politically charged event involving gender-based violence made the headlines.
The example of the US shows black economic empowerment doesn’t work
Talking Point

The example of the US shows black economic empowerment doesn’t work

In the US, the most successful ethnic group are the Asians, and no one ever created a policy to help them out.
What Barack Obama’s record-breaking Mandela tweet tells us about the world
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What Barack Obama’s record-breaking Mandela tweet tells us about the world

Judging by the replies and comments, the tweet seems to have offered some respite to the rapid depletion in social morale in the US.
Those who brought Zuma to power shouldn’t be forgotten, or forgiven
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Those who brought Zuma to power shouldn’t be forgotten, or forgiven

It is now a matter of record – rather than an issue for serious debate – that the presidency of Jacob Zuma has been an unmitigated disaster for South Africa.
Is the rhino horn auction a good or bad thing?
South Africa

Is the rhino horn auction a good or bad thing?

Those in favour of it say it will reduce poaching, but they may be somewhat optimistic while the cash registers start to ring.
SA’s labour movement has become middle class
Talking Point

SA’s labour movement has become middle class

The Cosatu of today would be almost unrecognisable to those it represented at the start of democracy.
SA universities need to rethink how they invest their millions
Business

SA universities need to rethink how they invest their millions

Universities have the power to transform society not just through how they operate their campuses, but how they invest their endowments and pensions funds.
Grace Mugabe: why diplomatic immunity isn’t always an ‘out of jail’ ticket
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Grace Mugabe: why diplomatic immunity isn’t always an ‘out of jail’ ticket

There is no basis in law for the spouse of a head of state to claim – as a right or entitlement – some form of immunity when visiting a foreign state.
Why Mkhwebane is an ‘incompetent’ public protector
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Why Mkhwebane is an ‘incompetent’ public protector

An expert weighs in on what the advocate got so badly wrong in her recommendations against the Reserve Bank.
SA’s social media is giving consumers power to ‘discipline’ big business
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SA’s social media is giving consumers power to ‘discipline’ big business

Outsurance, Spur and Bell Pottinger – all have felt the wrath of Twitter’s little birds and Facebook’s slaps.
How hunger affects the mental health of pregnant mothers
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How hunger affects the mental health of pregnant mothers

The mental health of pregnant women can be affected by a range of factors, including partner violence and unemployment.
New research says SA fathers do take care of their kids
Lifestyle

New research says SA fathers do take care of their kids

Despite the country having a high rate of absent fathers, many choose to remain involved in meaningful ways in their children’s lives.
The end of South African universities?
South Africa

The end of South African universities?

Former vice-chancellor Jonathan Jansen argues that there is no future for South African universities.
What Marikana teaches us about Zuma’s government
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What Marikana teaches us about Zuma’s government

The police seemed to think they lived in a society where deadly force was the best option. That says a lot about government.
The withdrawal of the Mandela book was nothing short of censorship
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The withdrawal of the Mandela book was nothing short of censorship

‘Mandela’s Last Years’, written by retired military doctor Vejay Ramlakan, has become a sought after commodity since the publisher, Penguin SA, withdrew it from the shelves in July.
The African middle class matters: but not for the reasons commonly put forward
Business

The African middle class matters: but not for the reasons commonly put forward

These days the African middle class is widely discussed as a phenomenon considered indicative of social change.
How well are the opposition-held metros doing?
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How well are the opposition-held metros doing?

The mayors of Joburg, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth have been flexing political muscle.
Why Zuma always survives
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Why Zuma always survives

It’s the faction war, his future depends on whether he was weakened in the ANC, not parliament.
The opposition is teaching the ANC about the ANC
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The opposition is teaching the ANC about the ANC

How the opposition are exploiting the morass that Zuma’s leadership represents.
SA’s economic recovery plan has a bit of everything – but no vision
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SA’s economic recovery plan has a bit of everything – but no vision

SA’s new finance minister Malusi Gigaba has unveiled a 14 point plan designed to help the country fix its declining economic fortunes.
Lessons from SA: parliamentary conscience and the courage to rebel
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Lessons from SA: parliamentary conscience and the courage to rebel

Universally, the rise of political parties alongside the expansion of parliamentary democracy inevitably came at the cost of the independence of individual MPs.
Why SA shouldn’t sell its soul to the IMF
Business

Why SA shouldn’t sell its soul to the IMF

Historical evidence suggests IMF-administered rescue programmes are actually a recipe for disaster.
Pros and cons of the three women running for the presidency
South Africa

Pros and cons of the three women running for the presidency

On Women’s Day we take a look at whether being a step closer to a female president is likely to pay dividends for feminism.

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