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SA Today: Inside the SJC’s “social audit” of Khayelitsha’s flush toilets

Helen Zille, Leader of the Democratic Alliance
20 July 2014

 I have written more newsletters about toilets than any other single topic.  This is because sanitation is such a basic need -- and such an enormous challenge -- in our context of rapid urbanization.

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SA Today: Don’t drive away the people South Africa needs
12 July 2014

At the end of May, the Department of Home Affairs gazetted new regulations that make it considerably harder for citizens of other countries to enter South Africa. 

SA Today: Let’s investigate the political vampires that feed off South Africa’s housing crisis
6 July 2014

The inquiry established recently by Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu into the demolition of 234 shacks on land in Lwandle (Strand) owned by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) will begin work later this month. 

SA Today: 17 million hectares that could change our economy forever
29 June 2014

In President Zuma’s recent State of the Nation Address (SONA) it was encouraging to hear him targeting agriculture as a key job driver. He set a goal of 1 million new jobs in the sector by 2030. That’s a big number, but it’s good to set ambitious targets. 

SA Today: The jobless need NDP action, not promises
22 June 2014

Listening to President Zuma deliver his 7th State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Tuesday evening, it was hard to tell what year we were in. Swap a few numbers, percentages and dates, and this could have been any of his previous addresses.

It’s time for a new take on Father’s Day
15 June 2014

Today is Father’s Day.  Tomorrow is Youth Day.  The sequence makes sense. The bond between these two categories of people should begin with conception, and grow throughout the child’s life.

SA Today: The Real Story Behind the Lwandle Evictions
9 June 2014

Snug in my sheepskin slippers under a fluffy knee-blanket, I began this newsletter acutely aware of the situation of the people I am writing about.

SA Today: Should I remain Premier or go to Parliament? Personal reflections on political advice
25 May 2014

When I first stood as a candidate for public office in the 1999 general election, at the ripe middle-age of 48, my late dad advised me: “never complain, never explain”.

SA Today: The abuse of media to drive internal agendas in the DA
18 May 2014

The Sunday Times today (18 May) makes false claims about what transpired at a meeting of the DA’s Federal Executive (Fedex) on Friday 16 May.

SA Today: The salutary story of Hangberg
23 March 2014

 As I read the Public Protector’s report this week, I tried to calculate how many legal procedures had been flouted in the construction of Zuma’s Nkandla Estate. 

SA Today: The Revenge of a “Worst Order” Racist
17 March 2014

It is intriguing  --  and difficult  --  to predict which issues will seize the media’s imagination.  It is often even more surprising to see which issues are neglected or ignored.