Reading "Threat to property" (yesterday) and the comments on the passing of the secrecy bill by our spineless ANC MPs, we have to fear that the end of our much-enjoyed freedom is moving nearer by the day.
I would like to urge all foreign conservationists in the US and Europe to start safe rhino parks in their countries or the black and white rhino will go extinct.
Open Letter to Dr. Mamphela Ramphele and AgangSA team.
This is a dark day to be remembered in our history. By passing the secrecy bill, the ANC has killed Madiba's legacy before he even dies.
The fish starts smelling from the head. In this case, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and her cohorts are to blame.
The ANC government can't identify the solutions to solve inequality and provide quality basic education that will help close the gaps .
The word "freedom" is generally described as "the power or right to act, speak or think without hindrance or restraint".
Whilst it is commendable that the justice system has managed to fast-track sentencing to just under a month in the Gasa murder, it is terribly sad for those victims’ families who do not have friends in high places, as justice still is a distant prospect for them; wondering if their loved one’s murderer/s will ever face justice.
Peter Hain needs a serious reality check ("Keeping the Faith", April 23).
Sometimes officialdom doesn't think before it speaks. The latest crisis with doctors at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg is a case in point ("It's criminal", yesterday).
The man who killed Nhlanhla Gasa was sentenced less than two weeks after the discovery of the businessman's body ("Gasa's killer gets 30 years", yesterday). But imagine if the killer was white.
A Pretoria children's home is under threat of losing its funding and closing down because 75% of the children are white ("NGO 'too white' for donors", April 23).
The world describes Luis Suarez as eccentric, mercurial and, of course, talented ("Suarez in the dental asylum", yesterday).
Though I am optimistic about the prospects of our country, my recent experience searching for a school for my six-year-old son leaves me believing that the legacy of apartheid runs deep, as President Jacob Zuma says.
With reference to "City appeals name change" (yesterday), people who are still resisting transformation must be put in their place.
How does Khulubuse Zuma, a shareholder of a mine that failed to pay employees and is embattled in legal processes here in South Africa, get a tender for potential billions in the DRC?
The waiving of a maximum sentence for soccer player Bryce Moon, guilty of culpable homicide, adds to the grief of the victim's next of kin.
First of all, both these articles, ‘Blacks need white people and ‘Black people need black people’, offended me.
On the April 19, 2013, Azania Matiwane’s article ‘Blacks need white people’ was published. The following is my response to him.
I suggest that sports clubs and the Club Management Association mentioned in "Sports clubs face ruin as city set to up rates" (April 18) should work together to overturn this so-called policy.
I believe it will not be difficult for the ANC and Marius Fransman to entice enough volunteers, through promises and gifts, to canvass for the party in the Western Cape ("ANC banking on volunteers to topple DA", yesterday). After all, the party has by now accumulated vast financial resources.
US President Barack Obama was impressive in his vow to uncover the Boston bombers' motives. I wish our president would try to uncover the causes of and solutions to continuing service delivery protests and unemployment.
Helen Zille is becoming more of a liability to the DA with her campaign to misrepresent South African history than Tony Leon, who cost the party black votes with his "fight back" campaign.
If the ANC is serious about winning over voters in the Western Cape it will have to impove the lives of the disadvantaged.
I tried my best to keep an open mind and to consider the arguments that Mr. Matiwane was making but in all honesty, that article is shallow.
Recent press coverage of the rape of children and the elderly has engendered a sense of shock and horror.
In response to what Kerishnie Naiker wrote about the "inaccuracies" that were reported ("Netcare and the strike by employees", April 19), I have experienced it as my grandmother was at the Milpark Hospital for the past two weeks. What The Times has reported is true.
To remedy "ghost" teachers in Eastern Cape , the premier and senior educational officials must be held accountable for results under their watch, and lose their jobs if improvements are not made.
The claim by prisoners that removing their hair was a denial of their faith is ridiculous.
When one reads about the chaos in schooling in the Eastern Cape, one wants to tear one's hair out ("School kids betrayed", yesterday).
Regarding "Province loses track of buildings" (April 17). Unfortunately it is only the tip of the iceberg.
Netcare is disappointed in the inaccuracies and unbalanced reporting in "'Not Care' staff go on strike" and "Nurse battles to raise family on R5000 pay" (April 16 and 17). We were not afforded an opportunity to respond before publication.
Please Jupiter (Letters, April 17), do your homework before putting pen to paper.
On the May 20, 2013, African Union ( AU) will be celebrating 50 years of Africa’s independence, alas albeit there would be no reason for celebration for Africa’s people as they continue to experience violent civil wars, corruption, poverty and neglect at the hands of weak leadership by African politicians.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi believes that only the "generation of born-frees"- people born after the advent of democracy in 1994 - could stop violence against women because they did not inherit the sins of apartheid ("Blame apartheid for abuse", yesterday).
I agree completely with your editorial yesterday, "Educational pockets of excellence merit more state support". The government should protect and support the good state schools.
There has been so much in the media about what happened in Boston, but I have seen little about the immorality of this horrific deed.
I would like to know if the R914-million bailout to Zimbabwe is a loan or a donation. If it is a loan, what are the terms, interest rate and securities?
Netcare reassures our patients and members of the public that the quality of care and service levels at our hospitals are not being compromised despite the strike by members of Nehawu.
It is another great mystery how the Reserve Bank can bail out Zimbabwe ("SA bails out Zimbabwe to tune of R900m", yesterday). It is neither morally nor economically justifiable, especially in the light of the gross human rights violations in that country.
I usually find Zapiro's cartoons well-thought-out and entertaining, but yesterday's one about the JSC's work is plain racist. What exactly does he mean by "clever blacks"?
Though South Africa and Zimbabwe publicly welcome tourism and would like to host an international tourist convention at Victoria Falls later in the year, the reality is the reverse.
I am horrified by the deaths of four children in a shack fire early yesterday in Dukathole on the East Rand.
I was under the impression that private hospitals relied heavily on nurses and careworkers employed on short-term contracts ("'Not care' staff go on strike", yesterday).
Dear Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu,
In response to "'My living hell for being gay'" (April 12), homophobia should not be an issue in this day and age, when same-sex marriage is legal and the DA is promoting Cape Town as a "gay-friendly" city.
Am I crazy or are South Africans being distracted again ("Billions at stake in suspect meat probe", yesterday)?
We must excuse the minister of trade and industry for missing, until now, the issue of labelling of meat products.
What a hilarious picture Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba makes walking around Medupi power station.
Your timely editorial "Root out corruption and the continent can only prosper" (yesterday) refers.
Imagine, if you will, the following scenario:
Analysts and psychologists don’t say what need to be said and face the flak of those who believe otherwise.
Bishenol A on till slips: these are thermal slips that have a coating containing BPA.
It is a great pity that Africa can't pull together and protect its animals.
Having read the excellent book titled Mbokodo: Inside MK, by Mwezi Twala and Ed Benard, I was rather surprised by the uncritical praise of Chris Hani on the 20th anniversary of his murder.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has won the $1.7-million Templeton Prize, and we are wondering what that man of the cloth is going to do with the money. The previous recipient of the prize, the Dalai Lama, promptly announced he would donate all to charities and other worthwhile causes.
The sideshow by some leaders at the the 20th anniversary of Chris Hani's death deserves condemnation ("Hani grave turns into battleground", yesterday). Opportunists of all hues are distorting what Hani championed to suit their personal agenda.
President Jacob Zuma said it would take a magician to get rid of all the wrong apartheid caused ("Hani grave turns into battleground", yesterday). But there was no magician involved in the arms deal, the corruption in failing government departments, South African Airways' bail-outs or the e-tolling fiasco.
Judge Clive Plasket raises a knotty point ("Merit must trump race, says judge", April 10), given the tangled skein transformation has become.
Burgie Ireland is correct in her opinion of teachers taking a stand against the education department (Letters, yesterday). All the teachers I know are in this field because they are passionate about education. Teachers striking in any form are going against all the profession stands for.
Eastern Cape High Court Judge Clive Plasket, one of three candidates vying for one of two seats in the Supreme Court of Appeal, has crossed swords with Justice Minister Jeff Radebe about transformation in the judiciary ("Merit must trump race, says judge", yesterday).