The Conversation Africa The odd meaning of radical economic transformation

In the state of the nation address President Jacob Zuma spoke of "radical economic transformation" causing nationwide debate. What does it really mean asks STEVEN FRIEDMAN.

Greg Nicolson Mashaba's aggressive tactics may alienate friends and embolden opponents

Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba is accused of firing one of his MMCs for standing up to his demands. It sounds a lot like what some ANC leaders are accused of. By GREG NICOLSON.

Matuba Mahlatjie My funny Valentines

When you're a schoolboy there are financial and social prices to be paid for love, writes MATUBA MAHLATJIE.

Angelo Fick Politics ought not to be a reality show

In anticipation of the debate on the State of the Nation Address 2017, Angelo Fick suggests there is a cautionary tale for South Africans in current US politics.

Marianne Thamm House of Cards: Phahlane heads for a showdown with Ipid

MARIANNE THAMM writes that the daggers are drawn and that the pressure is on acting police commissioner Lieutenant-General Kgomotso Phahlane.

The Conversation Africa Armyworms are wreaking havoc in southern Africa. Why it's a big deal

The Conversation Africa’s energy and environment editor Ozayr Patel asked Kenneth Wilson to explain the threat and what can be done about it.

Luis Fernandes Is South Africa due for a tropical cyclone?

Tropical cyclones in South Africa are rare occurrences and the last has been long forgotten by most South Africans. Is it time for the next to reach our shores?

Angelo Fick Imagining South Africa: #SONA2017 as moral and political allegory

ANGELO FICK proposes that the 2017 State of the Nation Address reveals what government suggests South Africans should imagine themselves to be.

Richard Poplak Democracy ends with a flash-bang, not a whimper

We're in the throes of a constitutional crisis of the worst kind. No-one believes the president believes the Constitution is worth the paper it’s printed on. By RICHARD POPLAK.

Mike Siluma A colonial hangover that caused all the trouble

The sharp increase in the deployment of army personnel for this year’s State of the Nation address says much about the kind of nation we have become, writes MIKE SILUMA.

Georgina Guedes On Kellyanne Conway and cardboard egg boxes

A couple of weeks ago, GEORGINA GUEDES wrote a column about Woolworths’s plastic egg boxes. Since then, further information has come to light.

Richard Poplak SONA2017: The EFF vows to hold the executive accountable

Given that there is one (previously) large red reason for all of the guns in Cape Town, RICHARD POPLAK thought it would be pertinent to ask what the EFF are going to do about it.

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