THE Eastern Cape mass exodus of human capital cannot be solely blamed on fewer job opportunities and the search for greener pastures. Lack of patriotism and vision, as well as a weak or non-existent civil society organisation, are the salient features contributing to the province’s human capital emigration. Ukufa kusembizeni! (You are your own enemies).
IN 2003 I had the privilege of observing a great story unfold on the African continent.
THE National Development Plan (NDP) is in danger of becoming a political football as the discussions around it are increasingly linked to the internal battles of tripartite alliance partners, in particular the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).
OUR problem is not that the government ignores business, but that it listens to some in business more than it should. Which is why there is a connection between wedding parties that land at air force bases and the Licensing of Businesses Bill.
THE detailed data flowing from the 2011 Census released earlier this week will probably have done little more than provide statistical support for what Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet’s administration would have already known.
THE encounter was brief, innocuous, if not downright silly. But when she later reflected on it, my wife couldn’t help shivering.
THE NGO world suffered a blow in March this year when Idasa closed its doors as funding for democratisation programmes reduced to a trickle. As a well-resourced NGO, it had done much to advance citizen-state interaction and underline the importance of active citizenship in a healthy political system.
THIS year marks the centenary of the 1913 Land Act. Yet, very little is in the public debate about its multiple legacies in the present.