- Published on Tuesday, 28 February 2012 10:00
- Written by Rhynhardt Krynauw
Addiction. It’s the kind of thing that takes one a while to admit. For me the first struggle, the high hurdle, was to admit it to myself. Telling my friends was easier. It was made easier by the fact that they, too, are addicts. We have been feeding each other’s addictions for years, enabling each other. The addiction creeps up on you like damp air from the ocean. But come clean you must. And come clean I shall.
- Published on Wednesday, 15 February 2012 00:25
- Written by Megan Kinnaird
All around the world people celebrate the day of February 14th as the universal day of love. Roses, chocolates, balloons and heart-shaped candy flood the stores and mail boxes of those fortunate enough to land themselves a Valentine.
- Published on Tuesday, 14 February 2012 16:06
- Written by Alex Searle
Newt, Mitt, Ron and Rick. New names pop into the American vernacular faster than service at a McDonald’s drive-thru. They’ve become so ingrained that they are words with which we can now judge a person’s ignorance or drop into a dinner conversation.
- Published on Tuesday, 14 February 2012 16:05
- Written by Dashalia Singaram
There was a time when music was art. Singers painted with their lyrics, guitarists filled the background with scenic melodies and breath-taking solos. Aretha Franklin’s voice alone could bring an audience to tears.
- Published on Tuesday, 14 February 2012 16:04
- Written by Chris van der Westhuyzen
The supremacy of a Constitution is the cornerstone of any democracy. No state can remain truly democratic if it allows any one of its citizens to live above the law. The recognition of South Africa’s judiciary as an autonomous arm of government is thus crucial, for it is our justice system, and the legitimate functioning of our courts, that aims to prevent the unlawful exercise of power.
- Published on Tuesday, 14 February 2012 16:02
- Written by Carla de Klerk
A few weeks ago, we all listened to convicted murderer Donovan Moodley’s new plea for a retrial on account of him being bullied by three drug dealers to take the blame for student Leigh Mathews’ death. Moodley brought his new “evidence” to light after first admitting to the crime, and then brooding in prison for the past seven years.
- Published on Tuesday, 14 February 2012 15:59
- Written by Michelle October
It seems the ideological tug-of-war between the West and Africa has reached its peak, following the UN Secretary General’s warning that African leaders should respect gay rights.
- Published on Tuesday, 14 February 2012 15:58
- Written by Rob Attwell
South African foreign policy makers have broken new ground by not siding with China over the issue of Syria. South Africa supported a UN resolution on Syria which puts pressure on the Assad regime to end the violence in that country – hopefully paving the way for a peaceful settlement and transition of power that must take place.
- Published on Tuesday, 14 February 2012 15:57
- Written by Joann Julius
The Mayan Calendar speaks of impending catastrophe and fortune-tellers of every sort are shouting that it will soon be the end of the world. Do you believe it and are you ready to go?
- Published on Tuesday, 14 February 2012 15:55
- Written by Erik de Ridder
It has been over a month since the end of the United Nations (UN) climate negotiations, COP17, in Durban. The outcomes and official spirit at closing were positive, while the unofficial spirit amongst NGOs and civil society did not present quite so optimistic a view. The event no longer seems newsworthy, but the issue remains a stark contemporary reality and reflection on the structure of the process, if not so much the outcomes, is necessary.
- Published on Tuesday, 14 February 2012 15:53
- Written by Berndt Hannweg
Advertising is ubiquitous. It’s safe to say that there is no place in the country where you’d be safe from it.
- Published on Friday, 04 November 2011 14:32
- Written by Leen Remmelzwaal
This year I was expectant. The SRC voting stations were set up around campus again – really elegant, well-organized stands. Manning each station was a selection of eager, bright-eyed student representatives grabbing people by the collar to tick a box. Every morning and evening, voting ballots and fliers littered the floors and walls around Jammie steps and served as a gentle reminder that another “season of change” was upon us.