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Lifestyle Section - Opinion

  In the dead of night you awake to loud pounding on your front door. You check the time: 3am. Who can be hammering so loudly on your door at this time of the morning, demanding that you open up? Apprehensive, you and your husband go to the door, and call out: “Who is it?”.

By Norman McFarlane 06 August 2014 Read Article


Never-ending conflict

Lifestyle Section - Opinion

  The war in Gaza continues unabated. At the time of going to print,  the death toll in Gaza was 1 034, according to the Gaza Health Ministry, with over 6 000 wounded.

By Norman McFarlane 30 July 2014 Read Article

Three factions, one front?

Lifestyle Section - Opinion

  If you’ve ever travelled a reasonable distance with small children in the back of a car, you’ll be familiar with the refrain “Are we there yet?” inevitably said somewhat plaintively. That’s where I am right now, with this emergent left wing political movement.  Whenever something occurs that seems to indicate that the split is imminent, the Alliance partners paper over the fissures in their relationship and pretend to show a united front.

By Norman McFarlane 09 July 2014 Read Article

Culture not an excuse

Lifestyle Section - Opinion

  A veritable storm erupted recently when it was reported in the press that Hlaudi Motsoeneng, acting chief operating officer of the SABC, had been given the gift of a young wife, a cow and a calf, by a group of Venda traditional leaders and healers, going by the name Mudzi Wa Vhurereli ha Vhavenda.  According to the press reports in two national newspapers, the gifts were in recognition of the sterling work that Mr Motsoeneng has done to promote Venda culture, during his contested tenure at the SABC.

By Norman McFarlane 02 July 2014 Read Article

Our slippery economic slope

Lifestyle Section - Opinion

  Fitch Ratings has revised the outlook on South Africa to Negative from Stable, and affirmed its long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) at “BBB” and “BBB+”, respectively. (AAA, AA and A ratings are considered stable, whereas anything below A is considered negative.)   Thus commenced an article posted on the Reuters Africa web site on Friday morning. And inevitably, Moody’s and Standard & Poors – the two other major ratings agencies – will have followed suit by the time you read this.

By Norman McFarlane 18 June 2014 Read Article

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