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Talking Point 16.5.2017 06:46 pm

The SA government hasn’t given up the fight for nuclear

Nuclear energy in South Africa is a highly contested issue; so much so that a court recently ruled against the government’s plans to issue a contract for the construction of eight new nuclear power stations.

Nuclear energy in South Africa is a highly contested issue; so much so that a court recently ruled against the government’s plans to issue a contract for the construction of eight new nuclear power stations.

The SA government hasn’t given up the fight for nuclear
The SA government hasn’t given up the fight for nuclear

The SA government hasn’t given up the fight for nuclear

Nuclear energy in South Africa is a highly contested issue; so much so that a court recently ruled against the government’s plans to issue a contract for the construction of eight new nuclear power stations.

Why working with men could help efforts to combat violence against women
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Why working with men could help efforts to combat violence against women

Numerous studies have noted that South Africa is an extremely violent country with high rates of interpersonal violence and homicide.
Ramaphosa’s Marikana massacre ‘apology’ is disingenuous and dishonest
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Ramaphosa’s Marikana massacre ‘apology’ is disingenuous and dishonest

His apology for his role in the 2012 Marikana massacre has no credibility, as there wasn’t full disclosure.
It’s time for SABC to be broken up and sold to real businesspeople
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It’s time for SABC to be broken up and sold to real businesspeople

The latest ridiculous demand for TV licence fees on cellphones should be the last straw.
White monopoly capital: good politics, bad sociology, worse economics
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White monopoly capital: good politics, bad sociology, worse economics

Many would like to consign the polarising debate about “white monopoly capitalism” (WMC) in South Africa to the margins.
Can God still find a seat in an SA classroom?
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Can God still find a seat in an SA classroom?

A landmark court case will examine the fairness of an education system that seems to prioritise Christianity at schools.
Zuma’s attack on capital is digging SA into a deeper hole
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Zuma’s attack on capital is digging SA into a deeper hole

Attacking ‘white monopoly capital’ is really doing no one any favours.
As ANC implodes, Thabo Mbeki tries to rewrite his own history
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As ANC implodes, Thabo Mbeki tries to rewrite his own history

As South Africa’s political climate goes from fractious to feverish, with protests mounting against the embattled president, Jacob Zuma, a former national leader and titan of the ANC has waded into the fray.
Rachel Dolezal: why ignoring the painful past of ‘passing’ is indefensible
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Rachel Dolezal: why ignoring the painful past of ‘passing’ is indefensible

In 2015, American Rachel Dolezal captured the public imagination when the media discovered that she was white and had been passing as black for nearly a decade.
National minimum wage could hurt small firms, rural workers
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National minimum wage could hurt small firms, rural workers

Vulnerable sectors may cut jobs without the support.
Court ruling on Zuma’s nuclear deal is a marker of South Africa’s political health
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Court ruling on Zuma’s nuclear deal is a marker of South Africa’s political health

So why is Zuma still pushing for the deal to go ahead? One source of pressure might be the Russians.
More than an oppressor’s language: reclaiming the hidden history of Afrikaans
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More than an oppressor’s language: reclaiming the hidden history of Afrikaans

The language of Afrikaans remains a contested issue in South Africa. The controversy over the medium of instruction at traditionally Afrikaans universities such as Stellenbosch has brought this to the fore again.
SA needs moral leaders, not those in pursuit of selfish gain
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SA needs moral leaders, not those in pursuit of selfish gain

SA has seen a great deal of progress in many spheres of life since non-racial democracy in 1994, yet many of its people are still waiting for their hard-won freedom to pay dividends. Economic freedom still eludes them.
SA has a new trade union federation, can it break the mould?
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SA has a new trade union federation, can it break the mould?

The newly launched trade union grouping in SA – the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) – promises to be a voice for the growing numbers of unorganised and marginalised workers in the country.
White people in SA still hold the lion’s share of all forms of capital
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White people in SA still hold the lion’s share of all forms of capital

The role of “white monopoly capital” in post-apartheid South Africa has been in the news lately.
It’s time to lift the ideological haze in debates about Africa’s middle class
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It’s time to lift the ideological haze in debates about Africa’s middle class

The middle classes in the Global South gained growing attention since the turn of the century, mainly through their rapid ascendancy in the Asian emerging economies.
These are the people who marched on Zuma
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These are the people who marched on Zuma

Is it true they were mostly white, and motivated by racism, as the president believes?
The ANC ‘liberation movement’ excuse isn’t good enough
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The ANC ‘liberation movement’ excuse isn’t good enough

Many say liberation movements can’t run countries properly. There’s no reason to believe this.
How African governments use advertising as a weapon
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How African governments use advertising as a weapon

SA is part of the trend of withdrawing advertising revenue from newspapers, which threatens media freedom.
God bless Africa … but not Die Stem
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God bless Africa … but not Die Stem

120 years after Enoch Sontonga composed Nkosi Sikelel iAfrika, it is time to get rid of Die Stem from the national anthem, writes Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.
How Zuma ‘planned’ his ex-wife’s rise to power decades ago
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How Zuma ‘planned’ his ex-wife’s rise to power decades ago

According to analyst Graham Sell, President Zuma is the ultimate puppet master, and the Guptas are in his pocket, not the other way around.
Big business can survive a captured Treasury, the poor not so much
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Big business can survive a captured Treasury, the poor not so much

Patronage politics is bad news for the country’s poor, but the view that it is the natural enemy of the market economy is a myth.
The dream of South Africa feels like a nightmare, but don’t despair
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The dream of South Africa feels like a nightmare, but don’t despair

It’s time to take sides, says Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba.
The confusion at the heart of Rachel Dolezal, the ‘black white woman’
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The confusion at the heart of Rachel Dolezal, the ‘black white woman’

She now claims to be a ‘transracialist’, using an argument that contradicts itself.
How worried should we be about the ANC’s young ‘veterans’?
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How worried should we be about the ANC’s young ‘veterans’?

Fears are growing that SA under Zuma has embarked down a road which leads to Zimbabwe-style authoritarian kleptocracy.
Is this rebellion enough to oust Zuma?
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Is this rebellion enough to oust Zuma?

Zuma’s actions suggest he considers his position within the ANC stronger than it was 15 months ago.