Dr Koos Troskie, a well known general practitioner in Kroonstad in the Free State, and his bedridden wife, Natalie, were attacked on their farm just outside town.





Monique Barnard

Monique Barnard

The police confirmed on Monday morning that the decaying body found in May near the Deelkraal turnoff just outside Lephalale is indeed that of missing Monique Barnard (19). DNA-tests were carried out on the body to confirm whether the body matched Monique’s parents’ DNA. “The DNA results came back last week and we can confirm that the body is definitely Monique’s”, said Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena of the Lephalale police.

Mr. Pieter Barend (Piet) Botha, a train driver, was shot twice and died after being robbed


Major train delays for commuters as Cape Town train driver is robbed and gunned down


It is with shock and dismay that the United National Transport Union (UNTU) has learned that one of its members, Mr. Pieter Barend (Piet) Botha, a train driver, was shot twice and died after being robbed at the Netreg Station in the Western Cape.



The photo attached to this article is extremely graphic in nature and can upset children and sensitive viewers.


“My son was beaten to death, like a dog, in the street”, said a broken father who has to work through the news that his son, Pierre de Necker (24), was so badly assaulted on Friday evening, in Belfast Mpumalanga, by a group of people who accused him of theft. He died on Saturday from his injuries.

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The ANC: A pyramid scheme on the brink of collapse?


By: Mzukisi Makatse

I am a member of the ANC and have been since 1989 when I was barely 11 years old. Painfully, it is the first time in all these years that I am overcome by a great feeling of doubt about the ANC.


Mzukisi Makatse

My dear Black People


When you fight for you rights… it’s called standing up for yourself, when you don’t, you become a victim.

By: Jabulani Zwane

Jabulani Zwane with his wife Buyi Zwane

Jabulani Zwane with his wife Buyi Zwane

ANC’s big lie about electricity in South Africa


A new report reveals how the ANC government forbade Eskom from building new power stations while South Africa was running out of electricityelec-pylons-2

The South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has released a new report, titled: “The rise and fall of Eskom – and how to fix it now”.

How many black South Africans benefit from BEE


The current system of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) only benefits a small elite, and will leave the majority of black South Africans out in the cold if an alternative is not found.

Employment Application

Employment Application

This is according to Dr Anthea Jeffery, Head of Policy Research at the Institute of Race Relations (IRR), who has called for an end to the ‘extortion’ of the BEE system.
Last week (20 July), Western Cape Premier Helen Zille spoke out against new Draft Preferential Procurement Regulations, which would see government pay a large premium on all procurement less than R10 million, in favour of BEE companies.
In a column on Politcsweb, Jeffery said that BEE benefits approximately 15% of the black population, with “a small group of beneficiaries having their way at the cost of the many”.
“BEE is a key reason why economic growth in South Africa lags so far behind other emerging countries.”
The remaining 85% have very little prospect of ever gaining BEE ownership deals, management posts, preferential tenders, or new small businesses to run, she said.
“Worse still, BEE does not simply bypass the 85% majority. Instead, it actively harms that 85% by reducing investment, growth, and jobs and making it very much harder for the poor to climb the economic ladder to success.”
The black African population is in the majority (44.23 million) and constitutes approximately 80% of the total South African population, according to StatsSA.
According to Jeffery, the indirect expropriation of existing firms through the 51% BEE deals – which is now increasingly required under empowerment rules – will ultimately do nothing to help unemployment, if no alternative is found.
“The immediate consequence of indirect expropriation under the rubric of BEE will be to deter direct investment, reduce our already meagre growth rate, and make it harder still for some 8.7 million unemployed South Africans (up from 3.7 million in 1994) to find jobs.” Jeffery said.
“The more this indirect expropriation is sanctioned and applauded, the more state powers of this kind will expand.”
“The real challenge is to open up real opportunities for all disadvantaged black South Africans. This cannot be done while BEE puts ever heavier leg irons on the economy.”
BEE: is it working?
BEE was launched in 2003, to redress the inequalities of Apartheid by giving certain previously disadvantaged groups of South African citizens economic privileges previously not available to them.
In October 2014, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said that BEE benefits everyone and is necessary to build a prosperous, sustainable and equitable society.
However, data from research groups has shown that, while there has been an increase in wealthy black Africans since 2007 (113% increase to 4,900 individuals with a net worth over $1 million) – the black African population has shown the smallest growth in wealth out of all previously disadvantaged groups.
In March 2015, research found that black South Africans hold at least 23% of the Top 100 companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as at the end of 2013.
The shares held by black investors include 10% held directly (largely through BEE schemes) and 13% through mandated investment – mostly through individuals contributing to pension funds, unit trusts and life policies.
An Intellidex study has shown that empowerment deals and schemes done by the JSE’s 100 largest companies have collectively generated R317-billion of value for beneficiaries – R108-billion of which has been generated by BEE deals, alone.

Rising above Our Bias – by Jabulani Zwane

This is one of the first articles I will be writing on race relations in South Africa, with the view to contribute towards how we can build a United South Africa flourishing in the richness of our diversity. Contribution and comments are welcome.

Jabulani Zwane