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Jonathan Jansen is an internationally renowned expert in education, who in 2009 became the first black rector and vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State. He is a regular newspaper contributor, known for his views on transformation, peaceful reconciliation and unity.

Great job, Muir, keep teaching your boys about decency


200 years!You survived two Boer Wars (there are even remnants of a concentration camp around the corner), two world ...

SA’s gullible citizens are the gift that keeps on giving


What happens when you run out of other people’s money? You start to make some really troubling moves to suck even more ...

Why our government’s credibility is shot


This week, something unusual happened. I was asked to speak to a government ministry.

Bra Don — unbowed and unbought to the very end


When I prepared to deliver the inaugural Don Mattera lecture in March this year, I chose my final words carefully.I ...

Breezy reassurances about SA’s future no longer wash


I have to admit, this has been a difficult few months. More and more young South Africans ask me the same question: ...

This is why many young graduates are still unemployed


Why do you as a young graduate still not have a job?More than a week ago, I put out an online ad saying that I was ...

Deep questions must be asked after tavern tragedy


We still do not know what exactly killed 21 mainly teenagers at the Enyobeni tavern in Scenery Park, East London, in ...

Fix dysfunctional parliament


The institutional rules and values on which it depends are being eroded by parliamentary thugs and disrespect

When are citizens of SA going to ask the right questions?


It’s a pity our education department relies on parrot-fashion teaching rather than doing the same

Toxic racial attitudes begin in the home


Dear white SA parent. We need to talk. Again.Two recent incidents once again drawn attention to the racism and ...