1. November 2016 marked the 25th anniversary of the death of rock star Freddie Mercury, ‘the Great Pretender.’ Back then the stigma of an AIDS death was such that not enough was made of the horror that is the slow and painful death from AIDS (even if you have all the money in the world!).


  2. Foot soldiers and boards

    I have started 2017 with hope because of the calibre of people in South Africa who, at the end of last year (and at great personal and professional risk), stood up and shared what is wrong with our public broadcaster, the SABC.


  3. Budget Warmup Cocktail

    It’s that time of year when everyone is speculating on what will happen on the National 2017/18 National Budget Speech.


  4. Tax deductible donations to universities-Yes or No?

    In February every year every university Vice-Chancellor writes to the alumni and friends of the university requesting donations.


  5. Is it tragedy or is it hope? Death of 94 patients has elevated mental health issues

    In Sesotho there is a saying, lefu la hae la mphidisa, meaning I become alive through his/her death.


  6. Ford South Africa reacted badly in a crisis: it doesn’t have to be that way

    In December 2015, Reshall Jimmy burnt to death in his 1.6-litre EcoBoost Ford Kuga in South Africa. Since then a recorded 51 Kugas have caught alight across the country, and two more in Swaziland and Botswana.


  7. King code not beneath any captain’s notice

    Remgro chairman Johann Rupert’s off the mark on the King code recommendations — it was not developed to create nonsense or unnecessary burdens for business.


  8. South Africans are not very good at predicting the future

    This is a pity in the context of #FessMustfall as it is not very difficult to predict the consequences if #FeesMustFall were to succeed in achieving its objectives.


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