Davos: a far cry from responsive & responsible leadership

January 22, 2017

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The world’s most expensive and probably most successful public relations exercise concluded in Switzerland this week: the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos. But this private club of some of the richest men in the world is responsible for the very ills they claim to be trying to remedy.

Posted in: Commentary

Resilence amid the doom & gloom

January 16, 2017

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The almost meaningless display of verbal pyrotechnics that annually accompanies South Africa’s secondary school matriculation results is thankfully behind us. But the reality of a potential 700 000-plus school leaving job seekers is most definitely not. Along with double that number who dropped out before Grade 12, they highlight the most volatile element in the […]

The need for responsible journalism

January 5, 2017

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As 2017 gets underway, there is, as perhaps never before, the need for responsible journalism; journalism that presents the facts and seeks out the truth; journalism on which the public at large can rely and that reveals, without fear or favour, verified and verifiable information that is in the public interest.

Posted in: Commentary

New Year greetings

December 28, 2016

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We all deserve to be as free as the birds and to enjoy equally the bounty of nature and the products of labour In these troubled and uncertain times we wish you all a more peaceful and hopefully more democratic 2017 Terry & Barbara Bell

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Why free speech should be a priority

December 10, 2016

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This week ends with the 20th anniversary (December 10) of the adoption of South Africa’s Bill of Rights and justly lauded Constitution. But it comes at a time of considerable political and economic turmoil, nationally and globally, and when some of the rightly praised clauses of the Bill of Rights are under threat.

Death of a largely unsung heroine

December 9, 2016

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Myrtle Berman, anti-apartheid activist, librarian, political prisoner, hunger striker, international management consultant and lifelong socialist, died peacefully in her apartment in Cape Town on December 8. She was 92 and did not recover consciousness following a stroke on November 25.

Posted in: Obituaries

A week of dashed expectations

November 26, 2016

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There were hopes in South Africa over the past week that the growing disgruntlement with President Jacob Zuma would result in positive moves for his removal. And there were also hopes, especially among the low paid, that a minimum wage declaration would result in quite prompt relief. But such hopes were dashed.