A vibrant democracy needs community assets like radio stations. Photo by Masixole Feni.Marking “Black Wednesday”: how to ensure media freedom

Sunday October 19 marks the commemoration of ‘Black Wednesday’, the day in 1977 that the apartheid government banned a range of publications sympathetic to the Black Consciousness Movement, and arrested a group of journalists and editors.

Oct 17, 2014
Mark Weinberg
Beitbridge, where the main land border between South Africa and Zimbabwe is. Photo by Faizel Slamang.Responding rationally to Ebola

Tightening border controls is not the way to prevent an outbreak of Ebola in South Africa, writes Nathan Geffen.

Oct 16, 2014
Nathan Geffen
We need to reduce overcrowding in prisons to bring TB down. Photo from Professor Robin Wood’s presentation at the South African TB Conference.A deadly disease that demands huge investment

No doubt you’ve heard there’s a disease about that is infectious, difficult to treat and that has an extremely high death rate.

Oct 15, 2014
Nathan Geffen
Dookoom’s “Larney”: political hip hop or hate speech? Photo by Mads Norgaard, courtesy of Dookoom.Dookoom: screaming about injustice

Daars a nuwe hond in die omgewing en hy raas soos ‘n baas! Kak gevaarlik and here to claim back the throne as the original Afrikaans gangsters, Dookoom have dropped a 4-track EP, A Gangster Called Big Times, and with the controversy caused by the debut single ‘Larney Jou Poes’, there are no sorry’s here.

Oct 15, 2014
Zethu Gqola
Few people charged with serious crimes receive a competent defence like that offered by Barry Roux in the Oscar Pistorius trial. Photo by Greg Nicholson. Used courtesy of Daily Maverick. All rights reserved.Getting community service for lawyers right

A new law is intended to make it easier for poor people to get decent legal representation. But there is much to be done to make it work, writes Liat Davis.

Oct 13, 2014
Liat Davis
Kathryn Stinson.How an Ebola clinic works

“So just think of the one who is about to die, trapped behind hundreds of walls sizzling with heat, while at the same time, there are all those people, on the telephone or in cafes …” - The Plague by Albert Camus.

Oct 13, 2014
Kathryn Stinson
Of social class and door mats

The question of class came to the fore this week with that arch free marketeer Ann Bernstein and the Centre for Democracy and Enterprise (CDE) hailing the potential growth of a global middle class, among them teachers. At the same time, the Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) concluded its conference, declaring teachers to be “revolutionary professionals, agents of change...in pursuit of socialism”.

Oct 13, 2014
Terry Bell
The Shrien Dewani trial is getting all the attention, but the process of choosing new judges is at least as important. Photo by Masixole Feni.Why judges matter: beyond the Dewani case

Not far from the High Court where Shrien Dewani is on trial for murder, the Judicial Service Commission is interviewing candidate judges. The Dewani trial is getting all the attention, but the selection of judges affects us all.

Oct 8, 2014
Rudo Chitapi
Terry Bell.The potential for economic change

Once again we are having calls from a number of trade unions for the private sector to exercise “social responsibility” in order to help build “a developmental state”. It is a far cry from 1996 when the combined labour movement presented alternative economic policy proposals.

Oct 6, 2014
Terry Bell
Photo by Masixole Feni.Activists to Sonnenberg: City must engage constructively on sanitation

Yesterday the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) published a social audit of the state of municipal public toilets in Khayelitsha. Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg responded. This is a reply by the SJC's Axolile Notywala and Dustin Kramer to Councillor Sonnenberg.

Oct 2, 2014
Axolile Notywala and Dustin Kramer