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If information is power, put it in the hands of the people

It's about time. The Gauteng government's decision to upgrade libraries and to build new ones across the province should be welcomed.

Zuma can afford to giggle at legion of armchair activists

When it came down to it, it was a case of all talk, no action.

Deliver services before reducing the number of provinces

It's not the number of provinces that counts but the quality of services delivered to voters.

Economic decline can still be halted - if we act now

President Jacob Zuma was widely derided last month for his belated admission that our economy was ''sick'' only a few weeks after declaring that it was ''not all gloom and doom''.

Test for AU as coup pre-empts planned democratic elections

Once again, the democratic aspirations of a long-suffering African nation have been dashed.

Open borders a great idea - but there's a problem

Is Africa ready for an open-borders system that would allow its people free movement between nations and speed the development of continent-wide trade?

New arms deals must not be a replay of the last disaster

South Africans could be forgiven for having an abiding aversion to the purchase of weapons systems and armaments on any scale.

Youth agency is there for SA youth, not a few cadres

There is a good story coming out of the National Youth Development Agency.

Cousin 'Homo naledi' scrambles what we thought we knew

There was a time when our ancestry stretched back in a neat straight line, with each relative's knuckles hanging just a tad higher above the ground than his forefather's.

Home Affairs must stamp out official abuse of foreigners

In 2008, a wave of xenophobic violence, mainly targeting people from other African countries, engulfed many of our poor neighbourhoods.