• Wednesday, September 17 2014
Statistician-general Pali Lehohla. Picture: GCIS

LETTER: Government lost the plot on skills

With billions of rand being thrown into the education system over the past 10 to 15 years, it’s rather frustrating to note that it has not had the desired outcome

LETTER: Produce the evidence

Former deputy defense minister, Ronnie Kasrils, takes the stand at the Arms deal commission of enquiry in Pretoria in 2014. The commission was set up to investigate corruption in the procurement of military hardware in the earlier years of South Africa's democracy. Picture: SYDNEY SESHIBEDI/THE TIMES
6 hour(s) ago

Deputy defence minister should retract allegation that Ronnie Kasrils handpicked the woman who claimed President Zuma raped her

LETTER: Stick to old style

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1 day(s) ago

The layout of the Business Day has been most peculiar and extremely difficult to follow

LETTER: Examine the various power options

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Eskom's Kusile coal-fired power station in Mpumalanga.  Picture: SIKONATHI MANTSHANTSHA/MAKWENA MANAMELA
1 day(s) ago

Indications are we will need about 9,600MW of additional generation capacity during the 2020s - it is the power we will need to grow the economy

LETTER: Wraparound irritation

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1 day(s) ago

Newspapers' efforts to attract adspend should be balanced against the convenience of readers

LETTER: Speaker is not living up to her role

Baleka Mbete. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES/WALDO SWIEGERS
2 day(s) ago

Baleka Mbete fails as an impartial presiding officer because she is national chairwoman of the ANC and speaker of the National Assembly

LETTER: Cartoonist shows bias

Brandan cartoon, Septermer 10. PICTURE: BUSINESS DAY
2 day(s) ago

Brandan’s cartoons are somewhat racially inclined and at times, insulting to the "black man"

LETTER: BEE may need do-over

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2 day(s) ago

The minimum black shareholding requirement has posed the biggest BEE challenge to legislators, business owners and their advisers

LETTER: Minister needs to break from past

Lindiwe Zulu. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
5 day(s) ago

The DA is pushing for root-and-branch reform requiring Minister Lindiwe Zulu to adopt a broad-mandate approach

LETTER: Points to ponder

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5 day(s) ago

Organised commercial agriculture and government must find a structured solution

LETTER: Ill-informed diatribe

A pro-independence supporter flashes the victory sign as people gather in Edinburgh for a rally in support of a yes vote in the Scottish Referendum. Picture: AFP
6 day(s) ago

Alexander Parker is guilty of the ignorant arrogance that has caused many Scots to move to the "yes" camp in the past few weeks

LETTER: Foolish rantings

Chairman of the MK Military Veterans Association, Kebby Maphatsoe.  Picture: SOWETAN
6 hour(s) ago

Deputy Defence Minister Kebby Maphatsoe has done it again

LETTER: Masipa earned respect

Judge Thokozile Masipa delivers her judgment in the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.   Picture: REUTERS
6 hour(s) ago

Judgment criticism is mostly from white legal experts, who wrongly assume that they are the only ones who can interpret the law

LETTER: An interest in e-tolls

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6 hour(s) ago

The only group to support e-tolling has been the Cesa, a group of professionals whose role in overrun projects should be considered

LETTER: Deep thought

Mine worker.  Picture: EPA
6 hour(s) ago

Hopefully the Commission for Conciliation, Meditation and Arbitration will give the statutory consultation process between Sibanye Gold Mine and NUM some thought

LETTER: The educated are free

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1 day(s) ago

Educating all our children must be one of our most urgent priorities

LETTER: Change BEE incentives

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1 day(s) ago

The whole system is stacked against black entrepreneurs in many ways

LETTER: Engaging car reviews

CONSERVATIVE:  The Honda Accord is affordable, reliable and comfortable. Picture: QUICKPIC
1 day(s) ago

Alexander Parker’s motoring columns, a balanced perspective for the benefit of most petrol-heads

LETTER: Fix the health system

BASIC RIGHT: Minister says the National Health Insurance scheme will make health services accessible an affordable to all.  Picture: THE TIMES
2 day(s) ago

Poor administrators, who do as they please without consequences, is the curse of the public health system

LETTER: Majority question

Former president FW de Klerk.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
2 day(s) ago

In the creation of "our constitution", those who wrote it were not elected in an open vote to mandate them to do so

LETTER: Economic sabotage

Chairman of the MK Military Veterans Association, Kebby Maphatsoe.  Picture: SOWETAN
5 day(s) ago

The international sensitivity to the actions of our political clowns results in the low levels of foreign investment now being experienced

LETTER: Something to hide

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5 day(s) ago

McCarthyism — that is what it is called in US politics

LETTER: Cartoon is cheap insult

Brandan cartoon, Septermer 10. PICTURE: BUSINESS DAY
5 day(s) ago

It might get some chuckles, but the fact is that it fuels a particular kind of racism which couches itself in coded language

LETTER: Assess purpose of tolls

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6 day(s) ago

The Gauteng e-tolls structure should be revised so as to provide a demand management tool

LETTER: All users have to pay

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6 day(s) ago

Many poor, non-taxpaying individuals will always be driven by the fewer better-off, without whom jobs and other sources of largess will not happen

LETTER: Watchdog article fundamentally incorrect

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

Story that suggests recent Netcare-KPMG High Court case was principally about Competition Commission inquiry into private healthcare is wrong

LETTER: ANC’s spy accusation is an old trick

Chairman of the MK Military Veterans Association, Kebby Maphatsoe.  Picture: SOWETAN
7 day(s) ago

In April last year, Kebby Maphatsoe accused members of Eddie Mokhoanatse’s SA First party of being spies of the apartheid government

LAND OF PLENTY: Farm workers pack maize cobs into bags on a farm on the outskirts of Lusaka, Zambia. Picture: BLOOMBERG/
JEAN-CLAUDE COUTAUSSE

LETTER: BEE template not right in farming

The only viable way forward is to establish black people on farms on a "one-man, one-farm" basis

LETTER: A leaf from literature

COMMUTE: Users of the Rea Vaya bus rapid transport service in Soweto. Picture: SOWETAN
7 day(s) ago

Where are the sociologists, engineers, transport economists and town planners who should be writing articles?

LETTER: Illusory ombudsman

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7 day(s) ago

The by-laws are gazetted and city spokesman Nthatisi Modingoane has promised the ombudsman would be operational by September 1

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