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LETTER: SA locked in labour-capital impasse

SA is locked deeply in an early 20th-century expression of the relationship between capital and labour, and that vested interests exist to keep it this way

LETTER: Against carbon taxes

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20 hour(s) ago

Taxing carbon can have only one result — higher costs and lower growth

LETTER: Shutting out the public

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20 hour(s) ago

Wholesale disregard of payment by users for services is a thorny issue, driven by poverty, anger over inequality, and the belief that services should be free

LETTER: Sugar levy will open tax floodgates

Is sugar really as addictive as some people believe it to be? The jury is still out. Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

We may concede that the government can provide health services for those who cannot provide for themselves. The rest of us can tell the government to mind its own business

LETTER: Always reinventing

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1 day(s) ago

Where capitalism differs from socialism is that the former is innovative. Can you imagine a government department creating a smartphone?

LETTER: Concern for Gaza is a smoke screen

Congress of South African Trade Unions Western Cape secretary Tony Ehrenreich. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
2 day(s) ago

Tony Ehrenreich sees Israel/Jews as a proxy for whites, and therefore directs his hatred for whites at them

LETTER: Is haircut acceptable?

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2 day(s) ago

Are the clients of money market funds legally obliged to accept the Reserve Bank’s offer of a 10% haircut?

LETTER: Matshiqi insults whites

Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS
3 day(s) ago

Aubrey Matshiqi’s blatantly racist remarks made it clear how much he hates white South Africans.

LETTER: Healthcare reform due

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3 day(s) ago

There is a need to establish a statutory pricing authority to regulate price setting by private healthcare providers

LETTER: SA carries US on its tiny shoulders

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
4 day(s) ago

A single South African company invests more into the US economy, strategic industry, fuel independence and associated sovereign power, than a lot of US companies combined do in SA

LETTER: No sense from Mazwai

PAY UP: An e-toll gantry on the N1 through Pretoria. Picture: SUNDAY WORLD
20 hour(s) ago

Collecting e-tolls in Gauteng has proven to be unwieldy and a dismal failure

LETTER: Who made them gods?

Standard & Poor's in New York. Picture: REUTERS
20 hour(s) ago

Who is Mr Moody? Who is Ms Fitch? And, please tell me, who is ‘standard’ and who is ‘poor’?

LETTER: Columnist is a racist

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20 hour(s) ago

There must be many readers who consider Aubrey Matshiqi an out-and-out racist

LETTER: Spurious e-tolls logic

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1 day(s) ago

One expects columnists to have views and even to be partisan but when one descends into crude demagoguery and name-calling, you have to ask why they are afforded column space

LETTER: Credit act started crisis

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1 day(s) ago

The National Credit Act is flawed because it left a mile-wide gap that permitted usurious interest rates for smaller loans

LETTER: Rot is in government

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1 day(s) ago

There is a radical difference between the public sector (the government) and the private sector (the rest of us)

LETTER: Back new farmers

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2 day(s) ago

Sharing, impartiality and cohesion among farmers and their workers remain key tenets to drive land reform

LETTER: Share SA’s land rents

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2 day(s) ago

Peter Bruce has a knack for answering big questions but his plan does not resonate

LETTER: Don’t blame producers

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2 day(s) ago

History will see the vandalising of the Nelson Mandela legacy not as one caused by whites, but rather how blacks failed to seize the opportunities that every other group has clutched

LETTERS: Death knell for BEE

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3 day(s) ago

Department of Trade and Industry’s take-over of BEE certificate issuance can lead only to collapse of system

LETTER: Women need equality in workplace

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3 day(s) ago

A lot still needs to be done in private sector to challenge male-dominant model

LETTER: Mercy in war repaid

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4 day(s) ago

Tony Leon has fittingly readdressed the almost forgotten First World War campaign in German East Africa

LETTER: Fascism may reach SA

Former Cabinet spokesman Jimmy Manyi. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
4 day(s) ago

South Africa’s similarities to Germany bear thinking about

LETTER: ANC is no Hamas

Masked Palestinian Hamas supporters hold a mock Hamas rocket during a protest against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, in the West Bank city of Nablus in August.  Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

It is incomprehensible that a journalist of Allister Sparks’s knowledge and standing is not aware of the fundamental differences

LETTER: Doctorate is hard work

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7 day(s) ago

The average doctorate requires years of discipline and hard work, often with considerable financial sacrifice

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LETTER: Anonymous abuse and the media

Perhaps Anton Harber should campaign among colleagues in the media over comments with no-de-plumes

LETTER: Parker best on Gaza

An Israeli soldier holds ammunition at a staging area near the border with Gaza on Sunday.   Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Conflicts are more likely to be resolved if people know the facts and understand the background

LETTER: Cooking for Eskom

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4 day(s) ago

It is astonishing that during our electricity crisis so little has been written about demand-side management

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The Third Umpire

National Youth Development Agency CEO Khathu Ramukumba. The agency has applied for a 50% increase in its state grant, despite a dismal track record of frivolous and wasteful expenditure. Good luck with that.

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Police commissioner Riah Phiyega. One break-in at the Interpol offices in Pretoria is troubling, two worrying and … what to think when the total reaches five in just three weeks? That no-one in authority cares, perhaps?

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President Jacob Zuma, who has been accused of creating false hope — and promoting further uncertainty among farmers — by implying that pre-1913 land claims will be entertained during the newly opened claims window.

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