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Government programmes have made strides in AIDS fight


For many South Africans living with HIV and AIDS, the country’s free antiretroviral programme is a second chance. These proud South Africans live healthy lives and are productive members of our communities.

Finding our way again: South Africa's AIDS journey


Sixteen years ago an 11-year-old South African boy, tiny for his age, stood alone on a huge stage. He had a microphone in his hand and a smile on his face. And he spoke truth to power.

Opening door for blacks into economy


The transformation of the country’s R124 billion revenue marketing, advertising and media sector is imperative, given the strong influence it has on the aspirations and values of many South Africans.

SA economy will weather the storm


In the past few months, South Africans in their numbers have begun to follow the discussions about our economy. The visits of international rating agencies and their decisions have become staple discussions for many.

Kids' rights need to be protected


Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan once spoke about the importance of creating safe environments for children, saying: "There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they grow up in peace."

Automotive sector investments show SA still has appeal


Hardly a day goes by without South Africans being bombarded by stories dealing with the difficult economic situation. Recently with the petrol price increases, which economists emphasise has implications on consumers, and the pending investment rating agencies announcements.

SA is still an investor's dream


South Africa has proven itself to be a investment destination which consistently attracts some of the world’s top businesses to its shores. Recently a number of high-profile international brands have announced their expansion into the country.

Taking stock of AU achievements


As we commemorate through a month-long programme that historic day in Addis Ababa when Africa leaders gathered to establish the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) let us not lose sight of the significance of those times.

SABC's 90% rule will fix our dismal attitude to our music


The announcement by the South African Broadcasting Corporation to play 90% local music has sparked a very interesting debate. Like many other issues in the country, the announcement provoked a diversity of views. The debates varied from whether SA has enough local music, to whether we are capable of competing on the international stage.

Time for Racism to take a "NAP"


Despite the recent wave of racist cases that had sought to divide us, South Africans are still good people committed to building an inclusive society based on human rights, writes Bathandwa Mbola.

National Awards to those who brought honour to SA


Every year South Africa pays homage to its heroes and heroines who have played a part in making South Africa great. These selfless individuals have helped to create a nation renowned for its freedom and culture of human rights.

The passion of heroic sacrifice


When President Jacob Zuma read out the list of recipients for the 2016 National Orders, names were transformed into human stories of heroism and untold sacrifice.

Artistic freedom as we celebrate Freedom Month


A discussion on artistic freedom of expression is one of the important constitutional guarantees that should be cherished and protected by artists and everyone who subscribes to freedom of expression.

On track to realising the South African dream


Within the context of the prevailing global economic slowdown it is easy to get sucked into despair. While the global economic outlook remains cloudy, conditions in South Africa are far from the doom and gloom some seek to portray.

SA among the leading countries in respect of women incarceration


The September 2015 report of the International Centre for Prison Studies on women incarceration trends in the world says, over the past 15 years, female inmate populations increased “sharply” and “faster” by about 50%, with the world median women incarceration rates standing at 4.4 per 100 thousand population.

Placing education under the spotlight


We all enjoy a success story. Every time a child from an underprivileged family becomes the first in the family to attend university and end up becoming globally renowned in his or her field of study, we all celebrate.

Students changed course of education


It was renowned philosopher Franz Fanon who famously said that “each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it”.

Driving transport into the future


Transport is an important catalyst for social and economic development and plays a crucial role in the economy and job creation.