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The Calling Of Professional Public Servants

An extract from the address of the Reverend Professor Peter Storey on Sunday 22nd August, preaching at a service commemorating the life of his late brother-in-law the Reverend Paul Welsh: “Frederich Beuchner says, ‘The vocation for you is the one in which your deepest gladness and the world’s deep need meet – something that not […]

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The Education Debate

Everyone in SA, child and adult alike, is entitled to a basic education according to our Bill of Rights – no ifs, no buts. In the first year of our current Constitution 1,19 million black learners entered the public school system in grade 1, most seeking the “quality education” that would lift them from poverty, […]

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Striking Efficiently

Only two weeks before the kick-off of the world soccer spectacular, a deal was struck that ended almost four weeks of national disruption, untold economic damage and widespread anger attributable to strikes in the transport sector. Since then the nation has seen nothing but a show of national spirit, unity and support for Bafana Bafana […]

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Jimmy Manyi: An Intractable Conflict Of Interest

The Director General of Labour, Jimmy Manyi is an ebullient, energetic and assertive senior public servant whose urbane skills would be an asset to any government department anywhere in the world. His Minister is satisfied that he was the best candidate available for the post and he has applied himself vigorously to his responsibilities in […]

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The Future Of The National Prosecuting Authority

Two conflicting takes on the future of the National Prosecuting Authority have been placed before the Justice select committee of Parliament in recent weeks. The one envisages business as usual, the other some radical departures from the status quo. This ought to be perplexing to members who attended the presentations made first by Menzi Simelane, […]

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Let’s Tackle The Scourge Of Crime Properly

It is time for the nation to roll up its sleeves and act pro-actively to deal with crime. It is after all everyone’s problem that crimes, especially violent types of crime and corruption, have reached the unacceptable levels which the, admittedly dysfunctional, statistics gathered reveal. It is quite conceivable and indeed probable that the problems […]

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Municipal Parallel Universes

At a media briefing in Cape Town on 3 March 2010 the Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Sicelo Shiceka complained about ratepayers’ associations, over 280 of them, which have created what he called “a parallel government” in municipalities around the country. It is beyond dispute that the dysfunction in the municipal sphere of […]

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