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BEST OF 2021

Enjoy a selection of some of our great reads of 2021.

ELECTIONS

Ideas FREE

The Ramaphosa magic is losing its lustre. Fast

ANC supporters sent the message loud and clear to the governing party: no more promises, please, we demand action

S'thembiso Msomi
Editor: Sunday Times
8 min read
Ideas FREE

A glimpse behind the scenes of the strangest four days in politics

Herman Mashaba reveals secret moves that toppled the ANC in Gauteng metros, and taught the DA a measure of humility

By HERMAN MASHABA
6 min read
Ideas FREE

These elections proved that voter education is critical to democracy

Without a grounding in democratic processes, rights and responsibilities, voters are all too easily misled by ...

By Lindiwe Mazibuko and Sithembile Mbete
7 min read
Ideas FREE

Of racists and heroes: the return of tricameral politics

Best of 2021 Edition | The Phoenix poster debacle shows how the DA consults the apartheid playbook to divide and ...

By Jeffrey Sehume and Busani Ngcaweni
7 min read
Ideas FREE

The former faithful have spoken. The ANC must listen carefully

Ramaphosa likes to take his time to fix things. Unfortunately the ANC doesn’t have that luxury any more

Makhudu Sefara
Editor: TimesLIVE
6 min read
Ideas FREE

Fasten your seatbelts, SA. It’s going to be a bumpy post-ANC ride

The ANC may have been punished, but it’s still powerful as the rising parties jostle for position in a new political ...

Tony Leon
Columnist
7 min read
Ideas FREE

Let’s pause and think before celebrating demise of ANC

The ANC’s recent electoral bloody nose has been greeted by unbridled celebration in many quarters, writes Mike Siluma.

Mike Siluma
Sunday Times deputy editor
4 min read

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JULY RIOTS

Ideas FREE

‘I never want to feel that way again’: the day the most stoic people cried

When my husband watched rioters strip his firm of 10 vehicles, he wasn’t prepared for the helplessness and devastation

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter
2 min read
Ideas FREE

Poverty is not to blame for looting, a lack of values is

The breakdown of norms, rules and values happens at home and at school. Reversing it starts with us

4 min read
Ideas FREE

‘RET guttersnipes are responsible for looting deaths’

They claim to care about the poor. They don’t. They want to loot, oppress and get away with it

4 min read
News FREE

‘I’ll go with you, my child’: how ‘hero’ top cop convinced Zuma to comply

Officer's respect, reassurances clinch peaceful arrest of former president

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter
7 min read

ESKOM

Ideas FREE

Lightbulb moment, ANC ... we’re in the dark physically, not mentally

Sadly, it’s the party’s top leadership that wants us to believe it’s not at fault for the catastrophe that’s Eskom

Tom Eaton
Columnist
5 min read
Ideas FREE

Beyond a whiter shade of pale as De Ruyter flogs dead horse that’s Eskom

Some want him in, some want him out, while the EFF, well the EFF just wants to ‘moer’ him for ‘moering’ Eskom

3 min read
News FREE

Inside Eskom sabotage: how insiders helped the power station criminals

A forensic report that went unnoticed by Eskom bosses for more than a year has lifted the lid on wholesale sabotage

By SABELO SKITI and THANDUXOLO JIKA
6 min read

COVID-19

Ideas FREE

The sooner things sour for anti-vaxxers the better

These people, with their warped logic, are risking lives. It’s time the state put their pleasure and pockets in peril

Caiphus Kgosana
Executive editor: opinions and analysis
4 min read
Ideas FREE

Hospital’s Covid diary: ‘Every day and night we’re dealing with death’

Even private hospitals, as well-resourced as they are, are being stretched to the limit by the surge in Covid patients

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
12 min read
Ideas FREE

Nothing could have prepared me for two weeks of Covid hell

Tanya Farber tested positive for Covid-19 just before Christmas. Here she shares her experience

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
14 min read
Ideas FREE

Four people I knew died while I was struck down by Covid-19

I now plan to focus on little things, but dream for myself and sports people that there’ll be more and events go ahead

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
3 min read
Ideas FREE

Payment holidays turn into nightmares for lockdown debtors

A lack of disclosure from Sanlam saw a Verulam lady agree to a sixth-month payment holiday which cost her R61,600

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read

IN PICTURES

World FREE

Best World Pictures of 2021

A year’s worth of images to feast your eyes on

By Reuters
0 min read

FEATURES

Ideas FREE

Relax, I’ll pay tax on Mars

Elon Musk is now so rich he could buy SA. His critics say the only thing bigger than his piggy bank is his ego

Nadine Dreyer
Features editor
7 min read
News FREE

‘Playing soccer every day keeps us away from township gangs’

Meet players from soccer teams whose fields of glory are bare patches of ground alongside the N2 outside Cape Town

By Philani Nombembe and Esa Alexander
3 min read
Ideas FREE

The ‘prophets’ who profit from selling the word of God

Why didn’t Shepherd Bushiri use SA Airways to skip the country? Because SAA is a non-prophet airline

Paul Ash
Senior reporter
14 min read

SMART NEWS

Ideas FREE

Game of thrones: A battle for Zulu riches

Prince Thokozani Zulu disrupts proceedings when a relative, Prince Misuzulu, is named the new king

15 min read
News FREE

Anti-mining activist Fikile Ntshangase pays ultimate price

Assassins cut down deeply religious opponent of coal mine's expansion

By MATTHEW SAVIDES and ORRIN SINGH
5 min read
News FREE

Kill or be killed: that’s the reality for kids in the Cape’s ganglands

Teachers go beyond the call of duty to keep them on the straight and narrow. Will it ever be enough?

Aron Hyman
Reporter
7 min read

LIFESTYLE

News FREE

Afrikaaps takes centre stage, and spawns its own dictionary

A language long overlooked as marginal even though it is intrinsic to Cape culture is getting deserved recognition

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
10 min read
Ideas FREE

After some odd choices, this year’s Nobel winner is deserving

Abdulrazak Gurnah is the first black African author to have won the award since Nigeria’s Wole Soyinka in 1986

Jennifer Platt
Sunday Times books editor
2 min read
Ideas FREE

From lazy moron to no-brainer

Going shopping used to be an exercise fraught with angst not only because of Covid but the dreaded Moment of Judgment

Sue de Groot
Deputy features editor: Sunday Times
4 min read
Ideas FREE

Barbara Masekela looks back on a life of love and loss in her new memoir

Memoir embraces her childhood search for identity, an exploration of roots and the events that shape our personalities

Sue de Groot
Deputy features editor: Sunday Times
9 min read

SPORT

Sport FREE

Even Sunday’s final lap drama hasn’t converted me to F1

Besides Hamilton and Verstappen’s coming together after the start and the final lap, it was like watching paint dry

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read
Sport FREE

Africa is the forgotten continent when it comes to sport awards

No South Africans among World Rugby player of the year nominees, while Salah is ranked seventh in Ballon d’Or

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter
3 min read
Sport FREE

The good, the bad and the ugly — another typical year for SA football

Sundowns men and women have shone, Bafana have shown signs of improvement, but the PSL is an administrative shambles

Sazi Hadebe
Sports reporter
5 min read

CROSSWORDS

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