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Cyber regulation: a better approach – IT Web, 9 March 2016

In his response to the debate on the 2016 State of the Nation Address, president Jacob Zuma reiterated Parliament will consider the promulgation of the Cyber Crimes and Related Matters Bill during the first half of this year. The South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has concerns with this Bill.

Damage done – What’s the REAL reason behind Gigaba’s Visa policy? – BizNews, 27 August 2015

The South African visa spat has been well documented as has the squabble between Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom and Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. The figures show that tourist numbers have fallen from key regions, while many jobs are said to be on the line. Not something the government needs to deal with as unemployment already sits at 1 in 4. The President has called for a review of the whole debacle but the damage may have already been done.

Deaf to the screams from pit latrines - Politicsweb

25 March 2018 - The death of five-year-old Lumka Mketwa in a pit latrine at her school in the Eastern Cape earlier this month is already disappearing from news columns. After a time Lumka will be in the news again when one of the watchdog organisations demanding better facilities in schools, or a public-interest law firm, brings a case to court seeking compensatory damages for her family.

Dear Mr Makhanya, focusing on racism won't solve SA's persistent problems - News24

27 March 2018 - Mondli Makhanya's critique of the IRR's research begins by acknowledging that current debates on joblessness and other vital issues are "laced with racial suspicion" and "riddled with myths, suppositions, and disdain for fact", all of which "makes it impossible to have rational conversations" ('Dear IRR, Racism is real').

Death and the DA - Politicsweb

20 April 2018 - The DA’s statement, issued by DA leader Mmusi Maimane, made no mention of any of this, however. Instead, it focused rather on Kaunda’s liberation credentials.

Dependency on the rise, whatever they claim - Business Day 5th March 2009

John Kane-Berman wrote in Business Day today that, "Kgalema Motlanthe, Thabo Mbeki, Trevor Manuel, and Jacob Zuma have all warned against SA’s becoming a welfare state. But the welfare state rolls on regardless. In five years’ time, Manuel’s legacy may appear different from how it does now, especially given the global slump: social spending on a scale that upsets the fiscal apple cart."

Derek Hanekom's pseudo-anti-racism - Politicsweb, 27 March 2017

Along with Helen Zille, Dianne Kohler Barnard, and Chris Hart, I will no doubt be accused of thought-crime for saying so, but the recent decision of the Constitutional Court in the social grant case is something of a victory for the "white monopoly capitalism" the African National Congress (ANC) likes denouncing.

Dis tyd dat die Britse regering verskoning vra – Rapport, 5 December 2015

"’n 21-jarige meisie het sterwend op ’n voubedjie gelê. Die vader, ’n groot, sagsinnige Boer, het langs haar gekniel terwyl sy vrou in die volgende tent waggehou het oor ’n sesjarige kind, ook sterwend, en nog ’n kwynende kind van omtrent vyf. Hierdie paartjie het reeds drie kinders in die hospitaal verloor en kon dus nie moed opgee met hierdie kinders nie, hoewel ek hard gesoebat het om hulle uit die warm tent uit te kry."