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    • Sue

    CT, Johannesburg - same country, continents apart

    Jul 27, 2016 Go comment!
    I have been an alien. I have lived in both Cape Town and Johannesburg and in each place it was as if I came from a different planet.
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    Will the real editor please stand up?

    Jul 13, 2016 1 Comment
    An encouraging outcome from SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s crude attempt to censor visuals of “bad” news and give South Africans sunshine journalism portraying the ANC in a good light, is the massive outcry against him. Journalists, ICASA, the public protector, former SABC board members and even members of the ANC have got involved.
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    Take the trouble to learn his language

    May 25, 2016 3 Comments
    When Eugene De Kock - the apartheid assassin who tortured and murdered numerous activists, was sentenced to two life sentences plus 212 years for it, and was granted parole last year - strolled into the Franschhoek Literary Festival two weeks ago to attend a discussion on a book about him, his presence was repulsive even though he had expressed remorse for his apartheid deeds.
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    Beware the seductiveness of crafty leaders

    Apr 26, 2016 2 Comments
    Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema’s threat in an Al Jazeera interview on Sunday to remove President Jacob Zuma’s government through the “barrel of a gun” should sound an alarm as Jews mark Holocaust Day next Thursday.
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    • Ann

    Rapid, job-rich growth, a prerequisite for SA

    Apr 20, 2016 1 Comment
    Defending the Constitution is of vital importance to securing the long-term future of democracy. However, shared prosperity and economic inclusion through growth and employment are also essential if all South Africans are to share in the Constitution’s promise.
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    • Jak

    Johannesburg as the republic’s proving ground

    Apr 20, 2016 Go comment!
    Freedom Day, by design, provokes a contrast between present realities and the aspirations we declared before an astounded, inspired world two decades ago. A livewire contest of 2016 is between the 1994 promise of broad-based prosperity and near full employment within a generation and the realities of living in one of the most unequal societies on the planet.
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    Arts pioneers aim to outpace the barbarism

    Apr 13, 2016 2 Comments
    The battle since December to protect this country’s political values, symbolised by Zuptagate and Nkandla, echoes another struggle for the country’s soul in art, music, literature and other forms. This is epitomised by the disgraceful burning of 23 artworks at the University of Cape Town during a student protest in February.
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    Nkandla: Constitutional Court asserts its moral authority

    Apr 06, 2016 Go comment!
    Living in South Africa is like being on a rollercoaster. We feel ourselves rushing downwards towards disaster only suddenly to feel ourselves jerked forcefully upwards towards becoming a land committed to achieving the highest ideals.
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    How is it dictators receive peace prizes

    Mar 30, 2016 1 Comment
    While South Africans have been preoccupied lately about Guptagate and the future of the country in which a liberation movement leader - President Jacob Zuma - has become a betrayer of the struggle for a democratic country, the bizarre antics of another African liberation movement leader in our northern neighbour should give us pause.
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    • SA Jewry

    In search of the secular

    Mar 23, 2016 Go comment!
    At Pesach, when both secular and religious sectors of our community get together to celebrate Jewish continuity, tradition and freedom from slavery, we should also remember to celebrate our diversity.
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    What will it take for President Zuma to resign?

    Mar 23, 2016 1 Comment
    With hardly a threshold of impropriety left uncrossed, one has to wonder what it will take, if anything, for President Jacob Zuma to resign or to be recalled by his party.
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    The state remains vulnerable

    Mar 23, 2016 Go comment!
    It was no surprise that President Jacob Zuma’s presidency survived the ANC National General Council last weekend. The NEC is still indebted to the president and largely survives on his coat tails.
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    Guptagate: Beware the ethnic slippery slope

    Mar 23, 2016 3 Comments
    Wily politicians are adept at turning popular frustration about poverty and social ills against convenient targets to suit their aims. What might happen if rage against the Gupta family for their “state capture” were to take on a broad anti-Indian tone?
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    GUEST BLOG: On the origins of 'racism'

    Mar 16, 2016 1 Comment
    Guest blogger Dr James Myburgh, publisher of Politicsweb.co.za, examines the common belief that 'privileged' racial minorities can never be victims of this type of evil – in other words, blacks in South Africa can’t be racists any more that Arabs in the Middle East or Kurds in Turkey.
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    ‘You’re basically invisible unless you’re white’

    Mar 02, 2016 1 Comment
    Political battles between those who would make a kleptocracy of this country - epitomised by President Jacob Zuma’s cronies in powerful positions feeding at the trough without doing their jobs - and stalwarts in the ANC and elsewhere wanting responsible government serving the people - like Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan - is one cause of the major disillusionment prevalent among citizens today.
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    Has Palestinian issue hijacked SA foreign policy?

    Mar 02, 2016 2 Comments
    Regular SA Jewish Report readers might feel that South African foreign policy has a preoccupation with Israel and the Palestinians. This newspaper is frequently filled with anti-Israel activities, from public protests to poisonous pronouncements from the Union Buildings or Luthuli House.
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    Budget keeps downgrades at bay - for now

    Mar 02, 2016 1 Comment
    Of all the many ideas Jewish people have bequeathed to mankind over the centuries, prudent fiscal policy is perhaps the most overlooked and underappreciated. Joseph after all was the first and possibly greatest finance minister in recorded history. Back in biblical times already, he understood the importance of the business cycle and the need for what economists today call counter cyclical fiscal policy.
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    Could Zuma go to jail, like Olmert?

    Feb 17, 2016 1 Comment
    The cynicism of politics and self-serving public officials was given a welcome slap in the face in the past two Tuesdays in South Africa and Israel. In both countries, democratic values and the rule of law triumphed despite the ducking and diving of sleazy politicians.
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    • Vanessa

    Please Mr President - don't pretend

    Feb 10, 2016 1 Comment
    This week we will be listening closely to the voice of our president when he delivers the State of the Nation Address. You may have heard his Thursday speech by the time you read this, but even so, I am willing to take bets that we WILL witness some of the usual disruptive antics from the enfant terrible Julius Malema and his cohorts.
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    South Africa: dark clouds over a Diaspora dream

    Feb 10, 2016 2 Comments
    If the Jews do one thing well, it’s to imprint their mark on new lands. And if that imprint describes one pattern, it would be some black punishment for their trouble. As dark night follows bright day, this has been the law of exile.
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