The Cape Navigator

Seaside Community Newspaper

Category: Opinion

Unrecognizable: How Poor Quality Photos Undermine Missing Persons Investigations

Lost faces, lost lives. These unrecognizable images make it nearly impossible to identify South Africa's missing. Can you help change that?

The disappearance of a citizen, especially a child, is a societal tragedy. It demands a concerted effort to locate the missing person and provide answers to their loved ones. However, more than 2715 missing persons cases in South Africa suggest that the South African Police Service (SAPS) might be failing to fulfil this critical duty. […]

Telkom Ditches PortMe Digital: Relive the Glory Days of In-Person Porting

Artistic illustration of a fictional PortMe Office.

If you’re a South African looking to jump ship to Telkom, be prepared for a blast from the past – the super inconvenient, analogue kind. Since 2022, the once-handy “PortMe” service (think porting your number by SMS) has been MIA, leaving users stranded with no digital lifeline. Frustrated customers continue to receive the following SMS […]

Bheki Cele’s Chopper Joyride: Abuse of Power or Political Necessity?

Photo of Bheki Cele boarding SAPS chopper at ANC Manifesto Launch.

The recent use of a South African Police Service (SAPS) helicopter to transport Minister of Police Bheki Cele to an ANC manifesto launch has sparked a fiery debate. Critics like Ian Cameron, a public safety consultant, decry the move as a blatant misuse of public resources for political gain. Meanwhile, supporters defend the Minister’s actions […]

Vaal River Under Siege: Rand Water Deploys “Chemical Weapons” Against Water Lettuce

Photo showing aerial spraying of the herbicide glyphosate on the water lettuce in the Vaal River.

The battle against the invasive water lettuce choking South Africa’s Vaal River has taken a disturbing turn. In a desperate bid to regain control, Rand Water has controversially begun spraying the plant infestation with glyphosate, a potent herbicide notorious for its potential health and environmental risks. This dramatic escalation from Rand Water’s initial “integrated approach” […]

2024 South African Pre-Election Poll: Your Voice, Your Choice

Image by Ana Flávia.

Your opinions matter, and this survey aims to gauge public sentiment ahead of the 2024 South African General Elections. UNOFFICIAL: Please note that this is not an official vote, and the poll is for informational purposes only. Spoiled for Choice: This Unofficial Pre-Election Poll Aims to Prepare You for the Real Thing With an unprecedented […]

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