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We the People

Writing in Time Magazine of 13 May 2013, Joe Klein spoke of the ability of certain groups to thwart the will of the overwhelming majority. This was in connection with the US Senate failing to pass a bill on background checks for gun purchasers despite the mass killings in schools and public spaces.

This comment could just as easily have applied to the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) prioritising their own interests before those of the people of South Africa.

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Iron Leader

Justice Malala, in his Monday Morning Matters column in The Times (15 April 2013), draws analogies between the strikes that were crippling Britain in the late 70s with those having the same impact in South Africa today. Where Britain had a strong, consistent and decisive leader in Margaret Thatcher who took on the unions and systematically broke their hold on Britain, we have Jacob Zuma and the ANC who have the trade unions as alliance partners in government.

futurefact finds that 80% of South Africans agree (50% strongly) that they would “would like to see a really strong leader emerge who would re-establish order and discipline”.  If there is one place where strong leadership is required in South Africa it is in education.  South Africa’s ranks 143rd out of 144 countries for the quality of its maths and science education and 139th for its overall education system.  How is this possible when South Africa will spend 46.7-bn on education in 2013/14 tax year and when its percentage expenditure on education in terms of GDP (5.3%) ranks 46th out of 132 countries surveyed by nationmaster? 

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Journalism: Professionalism vs Sensationalism

Let him die in peace = I wish he was dead

Prof Jonathan Jansen, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State is a powerful proponent for racial integration and has, by all accounts, defused racial tensions and created one of the more racially harmonious campuses in South Africa.

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No more excuses

Speaking at the government leadership summit meeting in Pretoria on 3 April 2013, Trevor Manuel, Minister in the Presidency stated: “We cannot continue to blame apartheid for our failings as a state”. He also said that “We fail our people repeatedly. Nineteen years into democracy our government has run out of excuses”.

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Integrity NOT Corruption

Integrity (honour, honesty, goodness, virtue, righteousness, uprightness and incorruptibility).

Integrity invokes sentiments reminiscent of 1994 and the birth of our new democracy – a time when we believed that the ANC would be the good guys, continue to maintain the moral high-ground and live up to the ideals of The Freedom Charter and The Constitution of South Africa.