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Plan B needed to save rhinos

IN THE first four months of this year the rate at which rhinos were poached in the Kruger National Park escalated by 20% compared to last year. Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says 749 have been killed so far this year, 544 in the park. Roughly three rhino a day are slaughtered by well-armed poachers […]

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Courts obey the Constitution, not the whims of politicians

JUST when the keenest observers of the tensions between the executive and judiciary thought the vicious attacks on our judges had quietened down in the wake of the timely intervention of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and 26 of his senior colleagues, Sdumo Dlamini of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), who is beyond […]

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Inadequate health care services for children

Background 1. According to press reports, a significant number of infants die every year due to the shortage of Intensive Care Unit beds in state hospitals. Critically ill infants are assigned to beds in general hospital wards in which there are insufficient nurses, equipment and medication. In effect, the treatment available is simply inadequate. The […]

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Nkandla spat a symptom of chasm between two systems

A LOT of dust and dirt has been and will be kicked up around the spat (over security enhancements to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead) between Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and the African National Congress (ANC)-led alliance, which dominates both the National Assembly and the executive branch of government. Rather than becoming bogged down in […]

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Marikana: State must do the right thing now and accept civil liability

THE publication in the Government Gazette of the hard copy of the report of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the incidents at Marikana in 2012 presents a suitable opportunity to reassess the reams of commentary critical of the findings of the commission. It seems that, in their understandable haste to respond to the publication […]

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