[OPINION] SA is no longer poster child for providing access to safe water
Not only is South Africa failing to meet the new set of goals set by the UN for 2030. It’s actually going backwards.
[OPINION] SA has a model Bill of Rights. But it doesn’t feel that way
Without material security and the means to a dignified life, many of the civil and political freedoms in the Bill of Rights will ring hollow.
[OPINION] Why South Africa’s Constitution is under attack
The Constitutional Court has repeatedly stepped in to protect vulnerable people and to perform its ‘transformative role’.
[OPINION] Why Assad’s gains don’t translate to success in Syrian peace talks
Although the uprising in Syria marks its sixth anniversary this month, the Syrian war has far from run its course.
[OPINION] How are human rights faring in SA two decades after democracy?
Ahead of Human Rights Day Chris Jones looks at the state of human rights in South Africa.
[OPINION] Social grants crisis tests powers of Constitutional Court
Pierre de Vos says the power of the Constitutional Court lies in the hands of citizens who can decide to punish those in power who ignore court orders and flout the law.
[ANALYSIS] 2 very different responses to Uber - Kenya & South Africa
Disruptive competition through technology can bring substantial benefits to consumers, but it also raises competition and socio-economic issues.
[OPINION] Why growing corruption is a threat to SA’s national security
Personal interests, greed and avarice continue to undermine the government’s capacity to allocate resources effectively and to deliver services.
[OPINION] SA’s social grants system: More than just money at stake
The importance of South Africa’s grants system is worth revisiting in the wake of a crisis unfolding over their disbursement.
[OPINION] Is criminalising hatred the answer to racism in SA?
The growing incidents of racism on social media suggest that the country needs to ensure that racism has consequences.
[OPINION] Before diagnosing Trump as mentally ill, let’s ask what that means
Meron Wondemaghen says not even psychiatrists themselves can agree on what 'mental illness' is.
[OPINION] SA’s social compact is at breaking point
Richard Calland says South Africa can’t save itself just by talking the talk. It must walk the walk.
[OPINION] Africa has a long history of fake news
In Africa, the idea of a post-truth era - which by implication presupposes the existence of an era in which ‘truth’ was self-evident - is folly.
[OPINION] How gum disease in pregnant women poses a risk to their newborns
Not many mothers seek dental treatment for bleeding gums during pregnancy & antenatal clinics pay little, if any, attention to the mother’s oral health status.
[OPINION] What you need to know about Kim Jong-nam's murder
A preliminary report from Malaysian authorities has found that Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, was killed by the banned nerve agent VX.
[OPINION] SA’s airports company faces a hard landing
Stephen Labson says the state of affairs at the Airports Company South Africa is bad news for the country.
[OPINION] Campaign to eradicate Zika has trampled on women’s rights
Pia Riggirozzi says shifting responsibility for Zika to women’s behaviour isolates the disease from other socio-economic factors that influence its transmission.
[OPINION] Why social grants matter in SA. They support 33% of the nation
Jannie Rossouw says if social grants weren’t paid the impact on poor and vulnerable households would be severe.