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LETTER: SOEs must be run by professionals

At present, the highest echelons of our public enterprises are controlled by public-sector bureaucrats

LETTER: Honour for murderer

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18 hour(s) ago

Mao Zedong is known to have perpetuated the abuse of human rights and caused 40-million to 70-million deaths of his own people

LETTER: Minimum wages cause job losses

University of Cape Town professor Nicoli Nattrass. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
3 day(s) ago

I wish to expand on Neil Emerick’s excellent rebuttal of the assertion by Neil Coleman of Cosatu that increasing minimum wages will not harm jobs

LETTER: Bail-out unjustified

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3 day(s) ago

I am deeply disappointed by the Reserve Bank’s decision to rescue African Bank

LETTER: Ferguson a step back

Protesters throw rocks and attempt to block the street after protests in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown turned violent near Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday.  Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

The shooting of a black youth in Ferguson in the US is proof of a society that has not fully embraced equality

LETTER: Zuma advancing dictatorship plans

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS
4 day(s) ago

Does no one realise that we are having a coup by stealth?

LETTER: Recapitalise Eskom

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4 day(s) ago

Eskom’s problem is a need to replace ageing assets and a need to increase its production

LETTER: ANC doing more harm

EFF leader Julius Malema gestures as he addresses the National Assembly on Thursday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
4 day(s) ago

The EFF provides more entertainment, but the ANC does more harm by destroying the intellectual and ethical fabric of Parliament

LETTER: Watergate in making

Thuli Madonsela. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
4 day(s) ago

Many of us are fully behind Public Protector Thuli Madonsela as she strives to do her job

LETTER: SABC case is about the rule of law

Faith Muthambi.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
6 day(s) ago

The callous disregard for the reports of the public protector by the Communications Minister Faith Muthambi is unconstitutional and illegal

LETTER: Hopes for land reform

Picture: THE TIMES
18 hour(s) ago

The Land Holdings Bill will play a significant role in ensuring that our national asset remains in our hands

LETTER: E-cigarettes are safer

TAKING THE AIR: Gabor Kovacs smokes an e-cigarette, which his shop sells at Camden in London. Picture: REUTERS
18 hour(s) ago

World Health Organisation report seeks to equate e-cigarettes with tobacco cigarettes when the difference couldn’t be starker

LETTER: Russian retirement?

President Jacob Zuma, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr Zuma was visiting Russia on Thursday to deepen bilateral ties between the Brics peers.   Picture: GCIS
18 hour(s) ago

Has President Jacob Zuma gone to Russia to negotiate the terms of his exile in preparation for his soon-to-be-announced recall as president?

LETTER: Riddance to rubbishes

PROTECTION: A police car escorts a bus outside Lonmin’s Saffy shaft in Rustenburg on Thursday. The platinum producer said it was considering going to court to stop a 16-week mining strike. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO
18 hour(s) ago

It is no compliment to see language of such poor quality used by your journalists and published on the front page of your newspaper

LETTER: Hamas’s scorn shows

Palestinians sit on a couch as they return to the remains of their house, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli offensive, after a ceasefire was declared, in the east of Gaza City on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
3 day(s) ago

Starting the war with Israel should be seen not as a resistance, but in the context of a last desperate attempt to remain relevant and to stay in business

LETTER: The plain truth

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

There is little doubt our courts would uphold the constitutionality of a plain-packaging rule on cigarettes

LETTER: Zuma must go

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
3 day(s) ago

The ANC must surely realise that, for the good of the nation as well as the party, Jacob Zuma must go

LETTER: Ignorance at Marikana

MEMORIAL: Crosses planted on the koppie near the Nkaneng informal settlement in Marikana where 34 miners lost their lives at the hands of police during a protest in August 2012. Picture: THE TIMES
4 day(s) ago

Are we doomed to keep repeating our history because we are incapable of learning from it?

LETTER: Inquiry a red herring

Netcare. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
4 day(s) ago

The problem is that when it comes to the healthcare sector, the government is both player and referee

LETTER: Zuma trip worrying

President Jacob Zuma and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during bilateral Talks in May 2013. Several rounds of discussions included the subject of nuclear energy. Picture: GCIS
4 day(s) ago

The report that President Jacob Zuma is paying ‘a notably lengthy visit’ to Russia this week should raise eyebrows, if not red flags

LETTER: Health fascists lurking

BRAINY MEAL: You don’t have to eat brains to keep your second brain — your colon — in good health. You need  to eat on schedule, and you need to eat a variety of foods that boost your gut health.  Picture: THINKSTOCK
6 day(s) ago

South Africans have fought hard for their freedoms from an overbearing state and the health of individuals is certainly not the responsibility of the government

LETTER: Rising medical costs

Picture: THINKSTOCK
6 day(s) ago

At the centre of my concern is who is responsible for rising medical costs

LETTER: Benefits to shale gas

Hydraulic fracturing drilling in Colorado, US. Picture: THINKSTOCK
6 day(s) ago

Why are we waiting? If the Karoo isn’t the answer, there are big gas sources elsewhere

LETTER: Democracy no waste

Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LISA HNATOWICZ
6 day(s) ago

This requires that you say what you would prefer instead of a democracy. A dictator? A king?

LETTER: Sokutu the victim

Picture: MICHAEL ETTERSHANK
7 day(s) ago

Ethically, Sunday Times did not have the guts to state at the very beginning that the interviewee was drunk

Picture: THINKSTOCK

LETTER: Tax bottled water

The tax revenue raised could be used to extend the miserly list of VAT zero-rated foodstuffs

LETTER: Boustred was fine

Picture: THINKSTOCK
6 day(s) ago

Graham Boustred was fully compos mentis and it is patronising to suggest otherwise

LETTER: ANC must defend Jews

Congress of South African Trade Unions Western Cape secretary Tony Ehrenreich. Picture: SUNDAY WORLD
7 day(s) ago

In South African politics today, expedience trumps ethics every time

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, for sending troops across the border into Ukraine even as he sat down with his Ukrainian counterpart, supposedly to negotiate an end to the conflict that is destabilising the region.

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Proteas one-day cricket captain AB de Villiers, whose superb 136 not out — his 18th century in the limited-overs format — helped SA to a seven-wicket victory over number-one-ranked Australia in Harare on Wednesday.

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International Monetary Fund MD Christine Lagarde, who has been placed under formal investigation by a French court for alleged negligence in her role in a state payout to a controversial tycoon when she was finance minister.

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