The Big Read: It's time to talk tough on racism, sexism

It is so disheartening to witness the relentless display of racism and sexism in our educational institutions. From the display of Nazi symbolism in posters on the campus of the University of Stellenbosch to the student posters depicting women as sexual objects at the University of Pretoria, there is no shame in these young men.

Manchester attack shows futility of the 'war on terror'

The suicide bomber attack on concert-goers in Manchester is ghastly and reminds us of the futility of the West's "war on terror".

On Molefe it is clear that we are being sold a bald-faced lie

Eskom's board and Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown appear to inhabit an alternative reality to the rest of South Africa.

The Big Read: A passing from grief to joy

This past weekend my family marked the end of ukuzila, the mourning period for our mother, who recently lost her year-long battle with colon cancer.

The Big Read: It was 50 years ago this week...

As a teenager, each morning Paul McCartney would run from his family home to catch the green Corporation 86 bus for the half-hour trip to Liverpool Institute, where he and George Harrison went to school.

The Big Read: The sext lives of politicians

Yesterday I read something that truly shocked me.

Parents must always be first in line to protect their children

Nearly 100 cases of sexual misconduct by teachers were reported to the SA Council for Educators between April 2015 and March 2016 but many of these cases were never concluded.

The Big Read: The limbo of the troops who fought for 'wrong'

Angolan soldiers recruited by South Africa's apartheid government to fight against their homeland's communist government, now live in squalor, forgotten and unwanted.

The Big Read: A murder is announced

1. Some years ago at the Victoria Falls Hotel I met an elderly lady. She sat on a sun lounger on the green lawn with a tartan blanket on her lap, the smoke from the falls rising like bushfire in the distance, reading an Agatha Christie novel. "Oh, that's a good one," I said.

Tragic times for workers as GM decides to pull out

General Motors, which announced yesterday that it was ceasing operations in South Africa at the end of 2017, has a rich history in this country.

For love of a transgender child

For months in the Lemay home, the same phrase was repeated over and over by their troubled young child, barely more than a toddler, who showed growing signs of depression.
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The Big Read: Trumping US on misery index

Here are two - of several - quotes plucked from the weekend which seem to describe the depressing national condition into which the Jacob Zuma presidency has plunged South Africa with its continuing attacks on the rule of law, good governance and sane economics.

The Big Read: Get thee hence, gentle dreamers

WGGGG crack blat. Most afternoons. Wgggg crack blat.
Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, gestures to supporters after the first round of 2017 French presidential election in Paris

France can now get a move on

They waved French flags, cheered and jumped for joy as the result they had hoped for flashed up on giant screens in the courtyard of the Louvre museum.

The Big Read: Death of truth, end of time

Political pundits in the US have this obsession with the first 100 days of a president.

Economy shudders under repercussions of cabinet reshuffle

As 2000 delegates - including 21 heads of state - gather in Durban for the World Economic Forum Africa to debate inclusive growth on the continent, they will not have to look far for the painful evidence of an economy gone awry.

The Big Read: Shaming hungry kids to stop

In some schools, children are forced to mop cafeteria floors. In others, their hot meal is taken away and thrown in the trash. In extreme cases, pupils are sent home with a stamp on their arm that reads, "I owe lunch money."

The Big Read: SA has cause for celebration

Does distance lend enchantment, or just more distance?

Nuclear deal halted thanks to NGOs and independent judiciary

Pravin Gordhan, shortly after his sacking as finance minister, told South Africans to "connect the dots".
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The Big Read: Build yourself a friskier brain

Is it possible to build a better brain? According to science, the answer is yes. The only question is how to go about it.

The Big Read: Elvis gets us all shook up

When I heard about the Anti-State Capture Death Squad Alliance, I was quite upset.

No place to hide as Jacob Zuma's world keeps on shrinking

There are not many places left where President Jacob Zuma can go and not be pilloried. His visit to a Cosatu Workers' Day rally in Bloemfontein yesterday always carried the risk of a hostile reception, but Zuma probably figured he needed to show his face at a major workers' event on a public holiday of deep significance to the ANC-led alliance.
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The Big Read: Henry Ford's flying cars finally arrive

There's a phrase often heard in Silicon Valley that neatly sums up a major criticism of the technology industry.

The Big Read: The river that runs through us

There's something about a river. As we speak I’m on the balcony of my suite on Uniworld’s SS Antoinette, surely the loveliest river boat in the world, cruising up the Rhine towards Basel, with Germany on my right and France on the left and the setting sun turning the water a burnt umber while on the shipside of the bowwave the wave’s own low shadow dances and unfolds like a dark flame, like ink in plasma. It is utterly silent.

Democracy beware: world press freedom is under real threat

The media has never been under as much threat as it is today, according to the 2017 World Press Freedom Index, released by Reporters Without Borders this week.

Look a gift horse in the mouth?

Buy near the bottom of the market. That's what investment advisers tell us. By that token, now might be a good time to buy a racehorse.

The Big Read: Bells toll in KZN killing fields

There is no let-up in political assassinations in KwaZulu-Natal, with one more political leader gunned down last Thursday.

The Big Read: In search of the city's soul

We need better tools to measure the quality of life in African streets, writes Lesley Lokko

Consumers ought to have a serious beef with product labels

Do burger patties which contain just 36% beef deserve to be called beef patties?

The Big Read: Don't confuse me with facts

The planets, I learned when I was 11, "dance and weave behind the sun".

Ghost of Nkandla comes back to spook the president

If president Jacob Zuma thought that his R7.8-million payment for security and infrastructure upgrades at his Nkandla home would draw a line under this scandal, he was mistaken - the ghost of Nkandla, it seems, refuses to be laid to rest.