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Whichever way it was skinned, it had become increasingly obvious that the days of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in JZ’s cabinet were numbered. Like a little boy, the poor man was summoned to return from a meet-greet-and reassure-trip that he, his Deputy Mcebisi Jonas and a few industry titans had undertaken just last Sunday.

Township economy a myth

Townships are a by-product of apartheid. And as such we need not cherish and celebrate their existence. 

The myth of radical economic transformation

Radical economic transformation has become a household name within the circles of political oligarchy. 

What is the real cost of a loan?

Agnes Sogoni is a 52-year old domestic worker earning R2 500 per month.  She is a single mother of two teenage children and is the sole breadwinner in the household which includes her sister, who is ill with tuberculosis, and her sister’s young son.  

Time to defactionalise the mind

South Africa is diverse and that's what makes the country attractive. The political landscape is heterogeneous and fiercely contested - a situation that serves as a pillar for multi-party democracy and a counterbalance to dictatorial practices. 

POETIC LICENCE

The World War I sinking of the troopship SS Mendi, whose centenary is next week, consisted of a series of disastrous events resulting in the tragic and wholly avoidable loss of many lives. When the Mendi (4 230 tons), on the final leg of its journey from Cape Town to Le Havre in France, was rammed by a speeding SS Darro (10 000 tons) in thick fog, it took only 20 minutes to sink.

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Here’s Your R20
The minimum wage is now official, after vice president Cyril Ramaphosa announced in Parliament on Wednesday that all partners except Cosatu had signed the pact the previous night.

#BlackFriday must fall!

Before I launch into my latest rant, here’s a confession: I am a borderline auction addict. I am so keen that I think I’ve been to about 100 of these things over the last 10 years—in Grahamstown alone!  

Budgeting while Rome burns

The disjuncture between the way technocrats see things and the way politics plays out was very visible in the televised clash at Parliament between students and police this week.

NEWTOWN... OLD EYES: It's me again

It's me again: Just to emphasise and not to raise any panic-loaded, back-and-forth debates: