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By fstimes On 30 Jan, 2014 At 05:08 PM | Categorized As Columns, Opinion | With 0 Comments
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Political leaders need to get their priorities straightened out when it comes to homosexuality versus child abuse, writes Jane Raphaely. It has always puzzled me why some men – particularly politicians – are so punitive towards gay men and ­lesbian women, and so ­indifferent about ­paedophiles and child abusers. I am not suggesting that these […]

By fstimes On 24 Dec, 2013 At 04:03 PM | Categorized As Columns, Opinion | With 0 Comments
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Dear Tata uNelson Mandela, IN this our age, the age of open letters, I decided to write this open letter to you to commemorate your life and to let you know that you have touched my life and those of millions more here in South Africa and the entire globe. Tata, so many people felt […]

By fstimes On 6 Dec, 2013 At 12:34 PM | Categorized As Local, Mandela Special Edition, National, News, Opinion, Provincial | With 0 Comments
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Staff Reporter, Bloemfontein “DUTCHMEN” – that is how Nelson Mandela and another anti-apartheid struggle icon, James Moroka, would refer to apartheid political leaders such as Hendrik Verwoerd and Johannes Vorster, back in the early 60s when Madiba was an underground operative organising the struggle. Mandela, dubbed the Black Pimpernel by the then government, had been forced […]

By fstimes On 6 Dec, 2013 At 12:31 PM | Categorized As Columns, Leader, Local, Mandela Special Edition, National, News, Opinion, Provincial | With 0 Comments
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OFTEN referred to as “the trial that changed South Africa”, the Rivonia trial saw Nelson Mandela and nine other top leaders of the ANC and its Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) guerrilla wing stand trial in October 1963 on charges of committing sabotage and attempting to overthrow South Africa’s apartheid government. The trial named after the […]

By fstimes On 6 Dec, 2013 At 12:47 PM | Categorized As Columns, Leader, Local, Mandela Special Edition, National, News, Opinion, Provincial | With 0 Comments
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NELSON Mandela guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy, as an icon of peace and reconciliation who came to embody the struggle for justice around the world. Imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against white minority rule, Mandela emerged determined to use his prestige and charisma to bring down […]

By fstimes On 3 Dec, 2013 At 07:48 AM | Categorized As Columns, Opinion | With 0 Comments
Zille, leader of South Africa's main opposition party DA, gestures during a march in Johannesburg

Munene Mwaniki LIVED reality – be it social, political, economic or even spiritual and everything in between and among and the truth that it predicates – are not things that live high up in some lofty mountain top and only descend to the plains and valleys of daily human existence in the din of the […]

By fstimes On 11 Nov, 2013 At 09:22 AM | Categorized As Opinion | With 0 Comments

Flora Teckie WE all have a role to play in the advancement of civilisation and a share in the development of our communities. Currently there is a debate on what constitutes true participation in the development of one’s community. Looking at the current practices, we see that development is often perceived as presenting a series […]

By fstimes On 11 Nov, 2013 At 09:40 AM | Categorized As Columns, Opinion | With 0 Comments
erosion of public trust in police

Stephen Groetes THE last few years have not been kind to our police service. First it had to get its chest out and its tummy in as it became a “force” rather than a “service” while everyone changed ranks. Then there was Marikana. And Mido Macia. And Andries Tatane. Meanwhile, the force has had change […]

By fstimes On 25 Oct, 2013 At 12:13 PM | Categorized As Columns, Opinion | With 0 Comments
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Flora Teckie AS we celebrate another National Children’s Day in November, it is appropriate to reflect on whether we are making progress in terms of providing a balanced education for our children. We first need to acknowledge that education is a human right, and that development and education of every child, their personality, talents, mental […]

By fstimes On 25 Oct, 2013 At 12:10 PM | Categorized As Columns, Opinion | With 0 Comments
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Marianne Thamm   IF you listen to the sound clip of President Jacob Zuma addressing an audience at Wits this week you will hear hearty, all-round laugher after his comments about “not thinking like Africans” and “roads in Malawi”. It wasn’t nervous laughter. Nervous laughter doesn’t sound as boisterous. This was the laughter of recognition […]