In a year which has sometimes seemed to be wall-to-wall murder trials, parliamentary chaos and blackouts, it’s been easy to lose track of the good stuff. REBECCA DAVIS rounds up some of the non-political ‘good news’ happenings in South Africa, or achievements by South Africans, in 2014.
What was unthinkable 20 years ago has happened in 2014.
While the National Prosecuting Authority might not be calling it a victory outright, there must have been sighs of relief in the NPA corridors on Wednesday.
The Daily Maverick’s Person of the Year, decided on annually by Daily Maverick staff, does not constitute an endorsement of the individuals in question.
Perhaps it’s a sign of our growing historical distance from Apartheid’s formal structures – though not from its legacies
Every year the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation brings out its Reconciliation Barometer, and often its findings make for uncomfortable reading.
In the long-running game between the government and the media, the key is really the ability of reporters to get government to cough up information.
Reports that Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), called Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, “a straatmeid” following a verbal exchange that came close to a physical altercation between Zulu and EFF Member of Parliament, Godrich Gardee, is a crude reminder of the sexist double-standards faced by female guerillas in the aftermath of war where they are expected to conform to dominant ideas of feminine respectability.
Some days our national narrative seems to be so dominated by fears for our safety that it can be easy to forget that most South Africans do not die in a hail of bullets, at the point of a knife, at the hands of a lover or in an unroadworthy vehicle.
ABOUT a decade ago, one of my childhood friends, Michael, called me to tell me he had made it into the SA-Cuba medical training programme.
Makana administrator responds to criticism of her R27 000 per day "salary" to fix up Grahamstown
THE Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) seems willing to try to put itself back together again.
This is the 15th year in which South Africa has taken part in the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.
As the dust finally begins to settle on the chaos and mess that has been the National Assembly over the last two weeks, a broader picture is finally beginning to emerge of the very real dynamics and problems the leaderships of the various parties are facing.
Below the surface of the Nkandla scandal currently paralysing parliament is the fact that the monies misused were intended to meet basic needs of impoverished citizens.
What blessed relief to hear MPs in the National Assembly on Thursday finally get down to discussing the Medium Term Budget. What a shame that the debate came over six hours after the start of the Parliamentary sitting, when many South Africans would likely have given up following events.
The storm that is raging in the National Assembly shows no signs of abating. Hot on the heels of last Thursday night’s filibuster/police drama came Wednesday’s filibuster 2.0, including personal insults, racial subtext, and even the odd substantive idea.
here is nothing obvious about the fracas that members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are causing in Parliament. Anybody who argues the contrary is lying — regardless of whether they agree with the EFF that it is about freedom of speech and dress, or with the ANC, which maintains it is about basic parliamentary civility, or with the Democratic Alliance, that always manages to take that crucial political selfie with the most visible underdog at the right time.
Danielle Bowler says comparing Saartjie Baartman with Kim K and Nicki Minaj is historically reckless.
When the ANC raised Jacob Zuma above the rule of law and the scrutiny of parliament they repeated, on live television, an aspect of the logic with which the subaltern classes are routinely governed.
On Tuesday Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke was widely quoted as suggesting that the President has too much power in the making of appointments to some of the top jobs of state.
After last week’s discomfiting events in Parliament, culminating in police entering the National Assembly to forcibly remove a female EFF MP who had insulted President Jacob Zuma, many are wondering what the way forward is to restore Parliamentary relations.
It must be damn tough to be South Africa’s minister of finance. Personally I would rather gut fish.
The Parliamentary committee set up to consider the issue of security upgrades on President Zuma’s Nkandla home has completed its final report.
A director of a listed company, exhausted by multiple SARS audits, recently complained to me that big companies are overly targeted by SARS. So here is an explanation.
Zwelethu Mthethwa will not face his day in court just yet.
It has been reported in a media release from various feminist organisations that the ministry of women in the presidency invited organisations to a meeting about plans for 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children.
You might find the thought of a separatist white Afrikaner state repugnant. But, when you consider the possibility of permanently getting rid of everyone who actually wants to live in it, the idea might not be so bad.
The expulsion of metalworkers’ union NUMSA is a seismic event.
From Oscar Pistorius and Shrien Dewani to the murder of soccer star Senzo Meyiwa: A ready formula has been worked out to catch the public’s interest, writes Verashni Pillay.
People think I’m an angry black woman.
The recent decision by the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) to place a pig’s head in what was assumed to be the kosher section of Woolworths, and then, in fact, turned out to be the halal section, could be written off as a mere “fail of the week.”
“What a stupid idea to announce a ceasefire with Boko Haram, who came up with that? Is it that these people don’t think? ...They are eager to announce good news. Elections are coming fast. Announce good news and then make a fool of yourself. Haba. The most stupid part was suggesting a day for the release of the girls.”
IF THE Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) splits, labour relations may become more difficult in the short term.
For leadership to be respected there must be trust. Quite clearly across a wide spectrum of government, that trust has disappeared.
New Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene this afternoon delivered his first major speech to Parliament in his new role.
This year’s Mini Budget, to be presented to Parliament tomorrow.
MY SAY When the new editor of the Business Day visited the Rhodes School of Journalism and Media Studies in September, he surprisingly talked less about doing business journalism and quite a lot about the precarious state of the freedom to know and use information in South Africa.
THERE was a bit of a media brouhaha recently, when Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said he would be sending his child to a private school. Malema was accused of being a hypocrite given the EFF position that stipulates that public officials must use public services.
Signatory to the UN refugee convention, and boasting arguably the most progressive Constitution in the world, South Africa is often perceived to be a safe-haven for refugees fleeing conflict and persecution in their own countries.
Many arguments have arisen out of the article by Gillian Schutte titled "Dear white people" (M&G Thought Leader, January 2) .
There is a tendency, when considering our politics, to presume that what Number One wants, Number One gets.
Some say the news event of October will again be Oscar Pistorius.
Despite the predominance of political appointments, on being appointed many judges acted according to a conception of professionalism that made them unsympathetic to arbitrary and unfettered apartheid government discretion.
When you are living on an income of R1 500 per month and you are able to cut your electricity bill by R200 per month, it is a significant saving.
On Monday President Jacob Zuma appointed Lesetja Kganyago as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank.
Stem cells are either a miracle of modern medicine or the work of Satan – depending on whom you ask.
On Wednesday the arms deal activist Terry Crawford-Browne went before the Arms Deal Commission and dropped a bombshell.
Mozambique’s political duopoly is being shattered by the upstarts of the Movimento Democrático de Moçambique, who reckon they could cause an upset – if not in these presidential elections (coming up next week) then in the next.
Carbs are the devil. Just ask Professor Tim Noakes. I’m not so sure about his Banting diet. At first I thought that it was called that because presumably all you could eat were triangular-shaped scraps hanging from a string, a sort of foodie take on bunting. But I was wrong. Apparently you can eat that AND chunks of meat, preferably stewed in fat, with some fat on the side.
THERE is a joke going around in the human rights legal fraternity that much of its litigation against the Department of Basic Education is akin to taking the Post Office to court to get stamps. That is how pedantic the struggle for improving education for the majority children in SA has become.
This week, 21 Icons focuses its lens on the 10th icon of its second season: Tebello Nyokong
In a story as long and as complicated as that of the Zuma Spy Tapes, it takes quite a lot to surprise anyone.
On Monday evening, not long after the sun went down, a man with a gun stepped out of the dark and into the everyday domestic routine in Thuli Ndlovu’s home in KwaNdengezi, Durban.
It is fashionable these days to suggest that the university has reached the end of one of its lives. What do you think underlies this thinking and, if it is correct, how do you see the next life of the university?
As President Jacob Zuma continues to hog the headlines with scandals past and present, the speculation around who will take over from him has begun.
Another year, another Ibrahim Index of African Governance. The continent’s governance barometer was released on Monday, and its results make for some disturbing reading. If Africa Rising is your thing, look away now. By SIMON ALLISON.
The attitude of government towards private investment, the private sector, and capitalism in general can sometimes be a little more than schizophrenic.
THE constitution and the law are there to ensure that democratic politics happens within agreed rules — not to make politics go away.
When we engage patriarchy as heritage we need to engage with resistance to oppression of women as well.
Tomorrow is International Translation Day, and so it is an appropriate day on which to ask: Why is literacy important?
As we all know by now Professor Tim Noakes believes that it is not proteins and fats but rather carbohydrates and sugars that are the culprits of ill health and obesity.
The Conspiracy of Clowns is back, united once again in Cape Town, and boy, are they announcing their Mother City entrance with a bang. By CARLA LEVER.
“Cry havoc – and let loose the Dogs of War.” Frederick Forsyth didn’t pen the line.
On Sunday the Sunday Times splashed with a front-page story that spoke for itself: “Exposed! How Arms Dealer Bankrolled Zuma”, shouted the headline.
Matthew Lester has a light pen. And a way of teaching us about his speciality – tax – by working lessons through seemingly unrelated stories.
If you had to pose the question who has benefitted the most politically since the results of our elections in May were announced, there could really only be one answer.
Well researched, well argued. well concluded. At a 55% fatality rate, we need to be worried about Ebola. All of us. But what’s scary about this Heather Dugmore piece is that Ebola is only one of many threats to humanity’s health. Superbugs are mushrooming. – AH
The massive nuclear deal signed with Rosatom is not just about energy.
Reading Heather Dugmore’s piece reminded me of a friend who joined the mushrooming statistics of Divorce by Facebook.
WHILE many eyes have been glued to the drama that played out in parliament during the debate of no confidence in the speaker, it is possible to miss the structural implications, the erosion of the standing of parliament and other public institutions, potentially crippling democratic rule.
The Oscar Pistorius publishing industry is already in gear. One of the first titles out of the blocks is ‘Oscar:
I am afraid I have succumbed to the lure of "oscar" commentary and wish to offer a somewhat different view from Jonny Steinberg's "racial shame" explanation, on this page last week, of many white South Africans' antagonistic responses to the athlete's murder acquittal.
While listening to the discourse that dominates South Africa - the tales of crime and corruption, the middle-fingers in Parliament and the fights around democracy and our rights - it is easy to become rather depressed. There can be a sense that it should not have come to this, that we deserved better.
There are a number of white South Africans who complain that the local job market excludes white recruits. This narrative, when it arises, often comes with fears that “our children won’t get jobs” and that there is “no future” for them in the country. But are these fears valid?
TB Joshua's church has turned from attacking potential rescuers to helping them.
Reading this superb contribution by Heather Dugmore reminded me of two bits of business advice kept closest to my heart.
What do you give the member of parliament who has everything?
On Wednesday afternoon, the chair of Corruption Watch, former Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, wrote to President Jacob Zuma to ask him again to fire the Deputy Minister of Defence, Kebby Maphatsoe.
Parliament’s torrid week continues.
While many eyes have been glued to the drama played out in Parliament during the debate of no confidence in the Speaker, it is possible to miss the structural implications, the erosion of the standing of Parliament and other public institutions, potentially crippling democratic rule. By RAYMOND SUTTNER.
Why is Zwelinzima Vavi spending his precious political capital on a boycott of Generations in support of highly-paid actors, asks Verashni Pillay.
WHY do many of our politicians believe that an old idea becomes new if you add an insult to it — and that you win an argument when you call your opponent names? Because they know that this is what the national debate expects from them.
THERE is much speculation over the future of President Jacob Zuma as a number of critical issues come simultaneously to a head.
Over the weekend, I was honoured to receive the Distinguished Old Rhodian Award from my alma mater, Rhodes University, from which I graduated in 1988.
My favorite book ever, even beyond JD Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye’, is Apsley Cherie-Garrard’s ‘the worst journey in the world.
For the past two years even the National Budget Speech has been chased out of the media spotlight by Oscar Pistorius.
This article was originally published in Grocott's Mail and has been republished with the permission of its author.
Our Home Affairs department has recently been in the news for its valiant attempts to keep people out of South Africa.
Pity the international community, whoever that may be
The Oscar Pistorius trial may be over, but there’s a high likelihood of an appeal coming.
Beneath the headline-grabbing clamour about Nkandla, "spy tapes", the role of the Public Protector and many other issues that jostle for our attention, there is a deeper malaise - the threat to constitutional democracy and the nation-building process.
IN THE wake of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a small contingent of health workers and scientists has been on the front lines of fighting the disease in laboratories, hospitals and makeshift World Health Organisation care centres in under-resourced villages and towns.
The Eastern Cape education department must make public its schedule of repairs
The patriarchal and racist institutional culture at local institutions ofhigher learning must be challenged, an education conference has heard.
Kwela-Ride Dompas! I looked back Dompas! I went through my pockets Not there.
This week saw yet another storm involving the Public Protector, and frankly, the subject matter is now becoming exhausting.
In the continuing war over e-tolls, it has been a simple scenario: we, the people, against them, the oppressive government regime.
There is much speculation over the future of President Jacob Zuma as a number of critical issues come simultaneously to a head.
We may be in line for more ANC acolytes not just criticising the public protector, but possibly taking her place, writes Verashni Pillay.
When I started off on the lecture circuit, the venues were confined to school or town halls.
While the DA basked in Spy Tape triumph in Pretoria, the EFF had a muted time of it in Parliament, with their first motion thoroughly defeated and mention of Julius Malema's tax bill trailing him.
As murder-accused athlete Oscar Pistorius prepares to learn his fate from Judge Thokozile Masipa on Thursday, sentencing was announced last week in the case of a US man who shot dead a 19-year-old woman on his porch last November.
Lebo Keswa is CEO of her holding company, Leboswa Investments.
Why is it okay to call a black DA member a ‘house negro’? How is it any different to the racism you’re supposedly decrying, asks Verashni Pillay.
The more the courts do to fix poverty and inequality directly, the more likely is it that people will remain poor and unequal.
Much argument over South African democracy revolves around the electoral dominance of the ANC and its repeated re-election as ruling party.
IN MODERN democracies most people accept that there must be leadership.
As the son of a Holocaust survivor and a refugee of mid-20th century turmoil, knowledge of the precariousness of existence has always been part of the fabric of my life, and has motivated me permanently to ask: How should I be in a way that pays respect to the suffering of my forbearers? Or, to put the point more generally, how should my people be?
In colonial wars the occupying power invariably reaches a point where it has to acknowledge that its true enemy is not a minority - devil worshipers, communists, fanatics or terrorists - subject to external and evil manipulation, but the people as a whole.
I quote from Prof Lawrence Wright lecture at Rhodes University 16 November, 2011. (Yes, that’s now nearly 4 years ago!).
What dire household financial situation drove rock drillers to wage low-intensity war on their employers in Marikana in 2012?
Of the 4?000 professors in SA, only 34 are women. The cards are stacked in men’s favour, says Professor Esther Ramani, and that has to change.
In modern democracies most people accept that there must be leadership. However, in this era, meanings of leadership and the quality of leaders is an issue with which most societies grapple. For many people there remains a desire for leadership to be more driven by its people.
THE recent decision by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to grant Eskom an additional tariff hike next year to compensate
Commentary about Eskom’s financial woes usually focuses on the refusal by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to grant the utility its requested large annual tariff increases over the next five years.
'Knock & lock-down phoney miracle politic-crony-oracles/ *most beloved for ‘suicide on the rail tracks’/ trains run through the flesh here/ travel not far for head-slices and skin-pieces,” writes Lesego Rampolokeng
The arena of “love” among the rich black kids of northern Joburg is thrilling and tumultuous, pompous and poetic.
12 August is World Elephant Day.
Chilean president Michelle Bachelet has been in town on a whirlwind tour.
On Sunday, the Sunday Times and City Press newspapers appeared to be competing for the best angle on a story that could suggest, again, that the very foundation of our nation state is about to be rocked.
LIVED in the tranquil village-like university town of Grahamstown for five years. Like with all things to be remembered, it was supposed to have been for just one year pursuant of my studies as a senior student at Rhodes University's journalism school.
Today, wherever we are, we hear discussion about “the failure of post-Apartheid South Africa”.
This weekend the Sunday Times ran a story suggesting that Dr Pallo Jordan should drop the “Dr”. In essence, despite extensive checks, no proof could be found of his university qualifications, and Jordan suggested in an SMS that he had made some kind of Faustian pact with himself – furthermore allegedly trying to make a deal with the journalist to drop the story.
There is no evil in the link between business and politics. The real issue is in how these links are managed. If we are honest with ourselves, and each other, greater transparency can be achieved in highlighting the links – which can be beneficial to all.
In November last year, Europe’s first retirement project exclusively for elderly members of the gay and lesbian community was launched.
Is there any political issue thornier in South Africa than “the Land Question”?
It’s probably going to take at least a year for the reputation of Communications Minister Faith Muthambi to recover.
In a barren political environment, the EFF has understood the power of symbolism, using dress to dramatise their entry into Parliament.
On Sunday night, Carte Blanche broadcast the BBC documentary ‘Searching for Samantha’, about the so-called ‘White Widow’ Samantha Lewthwaite and her connections to terrorism.
AS THE Israeli state rains death on the people of Gaza we are confronted with a stark demonstration of the ways
As the Israeli state rains death on the people of Gaza we are confronted with a stark demonstration of the ways in which there is, in so many quarters, official sanction for according radically different values to human lives.
Due to Parliament’s inexplicable decision to rush through multiple budget vote debates on the same day, we saw ministerial press briefings and debates stretch from early on Tuesday morning to late into the night. Given this state of affairs, we’re left with little choice but to summarise proceedings. Heavily. (Don’t worry – we’re not turning into Buzzfeed.) But Rebecca Davis takes you through the interesting bits from yesterday’s bumper Parliamentary session.
SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has a delightful proposal for journalists: we should all be licensed. Apparently he thinks we should be treated like doctors and lawyers: proper professionals with a licence to practice, framed certificates on the wall and everything.
After a week in which it seemed the chaos at the SABC had reached its climax, Sunday brought news that matters were even worse than they first seemed. Not only is the COO someone who doesn’t have a matric, and lied about it. Now, according to the City Press, the chair also lied about her qualifications.
Building non-racialism is one of the values of South Africa’s democratic constitution.
Prime Evil is staying in jail. Justice Minister Michael Masutha, faced with making a thorny decision that his predecessor fudged, has said that Vlakplaas commander Eugene de Kock’s parole will not be granted due to a procedural error: the families of his victims have not been consulted.
South Africa and its fellow-BRICS member India may share many positive traits, including economic growth potential and regional leadership status, but also some more negative characteristics: high levels of inequality and high levels of violence against women, to name two (not unconnected).
EVERY day we read about corruption or misappropriation of funds. Consequently, in our imagination as well as lived reality, holding office is associated with enrichment. Discussion tends to focus on illegal acts.
THE five-month platinum strike is thankfully at an end. Producers and workers must now focus on recovering as best they can.
A controversial report by a South African think tank calls for the abolition of affirmative action
My politicisation and later involvement in the African National Congress (ANC) and South African Communist Party (SACP) did not begin with an understanding of power as a theoretical concept, nor was I conversant with high-powered analyses.
On Tuesday night, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini gave a speech which may not get the attention it deserves.
Being an independent woman and thinker in a patriarchal society often meant that MamoTseki, Nomaka Epainette Mbeki (nee Moerane), MaMbeki was read through the lens of her husband, Govan and her son, Thabo.
In the short, troubled and tumultuous history of the National Prosecuting Authority, chaos has reigned. Formed only in 1998, it has seen one head resign after being cleared of being an Apartheid spy, the next being fired after trying to charge the National Police Commissioner, a third suffering the humiliation of being declared not “fit and proper” by the Constitutional Court and the fourth being denied security clearance.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng wants more religion in our law. He wants religious groups to get more involved in the law-making process.
Our real ‘ticking time bomb’ may be not poverty, but what it always has been – race.
The last week has seen a large volume of analysis on the various decisions made by President Jacob Zuma around his Cabinet.
Mmusi Maimane will officially be the DA’s leader in Parliament, after an election in which the former Gauteng Premier hopeful ended up standing unopposed.
Spare a thought for the new Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masutha. In addition to the already weighty portfolio he has just been handed
While former mining magnate Cyril Ramaphosa prepares to take up his post as deputy president, striking platinum miners have taken to the road
Most South Africans are women. You sure as hell wouldn’t think so, though, when looking at the ANC’s list of Premiers or the DA-run Western Cape
“Habemus Papam!” is the Latin announcement made by the Vatican when they present the new Pope to the world: We have a Pope! Habemus President
The news is bad, it seems. We need to recognise that, if where our politics is headed depends on tensions within the ANC, it cannot lead to an emancipatory politics.
WHY should we care about an election whose result won’t differ much from the last four?
Because of a conflict of interest, municipalities are responsible for a rise in 'unlawful' protests he South African Constitution guarantees the right to assemble, demonstrate and picket. But to what extent are South Africans able to practise this right?
In a disappointing but not altogether unsurprising move, the communications regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has leapt to the defence of the censorious state broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and confirmed the de-facto ban of two opposition political advertisements for the national elections.
Nelson Mandela, generally viewed as the embodiment of South Africa’s democracy, was not always the genial, open-minded fatherly figure whose smiling face is associated with the hopes that many cherished for the new South Africa.
I have followed with great intrigue the endless debates posed by academics, analysts, commentators and political parties about what they term "born-frees".
We always suspected it, but Thursday’s events seemed to confirm it.
The Mail & Guardian carried a very interesting story in its most recent edition.
For anyone who is concerned about gender equality, it is significant that patriarchy is not raised by any political party in their election campaign.
A new edition of Sello K Duiker's Quiet Violence of Dreams prompts Siphiwo Mahala to reflect on how the 'poster boy for black writing' outlived that label WAS BORN at Baragwanath Hospital and my parents are Judah and Meikie Duiker.
At the end of his critique of the Democratic Alliance (April 1), RW Johnson offered some observations on the United Democratic Front: that it was ‘a pawn of the ANC', as was supposedly ‘demonstrated by the way in which the movement simply folded itself into the ANC without a murmur after 1990.'
ELECTIONS are often not about what is fair, but about what is seen to be fair. Demands that Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC)
Most South Africans are aware of the public spat between South Africa’s largest cellphone operators, MTN and Vodacom
India is no stranger to spectacle, and contemporary Indian politics is deeply entwined in the politics of spectacle.
The public is justifiably outraged at the expenditure on the private home of president Jacob Zuma.
There are only two people who know for certain the circumstances under which Reeva Steenkamp was shot
AS STRANGE as this may seem, the story of the past 20 years is not purely that of the African National Congress (ANC).
South Africa is a country that likes to reveal itself to the world all in one go. There are no half-measures with us.
For many political parties around the world, drawing up candidate lists for Parliament is a tricky business.
The Oscar Pistorius trial has presented a conundrum for the country's best journalists, as they've been sucked into the hype, writes Verashni Pillay.
OUR problem is not that the government does not have enough people who know how to get things done
Judge Thokozile Masipa’s decision not to allow any live media coverage of Reeva Steenkamp’s postmortem coverage was doubtless undertaken for the noblest possible reasons.
In dissecting the character of Oscar Pistorius, much has been written about a certain culture of South African hyper-masculinity within which Pistorius
As with most transitions, South Africa’s hard work of rebuilding our society really began after the formal institution of democratic rule.
Glitzy opening of Parliament belied reality of mounting tension, writes the public discussion around the pageantry at the annual opening of Parliament often treats the event more like the Oscars than a serious attempt to take some measure of where we are as a country.
THE principal driver of the budget was not, as some had predicted, the forthcoming election.
Denying uncomfortable realities is a South African habit. And the most common and damaging form of denial happens when some of us wish away our most important divide — race.
You know it’s election season when political parties and governments start getting extra testy in their dealings with journalists.
For those nervous about Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi was a comforting, reassuring presence at the helm of the central bank.
The public protector's damning report into the IEC leasing deal has proven to be a legal nightmare, and is unlikely to be resolved before elections.
While most of the country is poring over recently published election manifestos, and pondering the different visions for the future of us all that they spell out
On Sunday Polokwane turned blue for the DA Manifesto day. Thousands of DA supporters filled the Polokwane Showgrounds to watch the party’s leadership
Service delivery protests have brought activists to the centre of politics again. But it is not only those who are making their voices heard.
As we creep, rush and shout our way towards those elections in May, the speculation about how parties will do is going to increase.
The European Union has lifted almost all its sanctions against Zimbabwe’s political and business elite.
CORRUPTION is "literally killing us". This was the view of a panellist at a recent Corruption Watch colloquium on business’s role in combating corruption
Bowing to popular pressure, Uganda’s president has said he will sign into law a bill that specifies harsh new punishments for the “abnormality” of homosexuality
ON one level, the question seems ridiculous. All elections offer choices and all of us are allowed to vote.
Ahead of an election in South Africa you would expect that the question dominating discussion among the chattering classes
PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma wanted to make a point during his state of the nation address.
On one level, the question seems ridiculous. All elections offer choices and all of us are allowed to vote.
As the dust slowly clears from the area around Luthuli House after the brief fracas between the ANC and the DA on the streets of Jo’burg
The scale of protest currently under way in large parts of South Africa is comparable to the period of ungovernability under apartheid.
When President Jacob Zuma announced the formation of a Ministry of Women, Children and People with Disabilities in 2009, it was immediately christened the ‘Ministry of Everyone but Men’. Ever since then, it’s not a ministry that I have felt included me.
NUMSA’s withdrawal of electoral support for the ANC will have a dramatic effect not only on NUMSA and COSATU, but also for the future of the ANC-led alliance.
Any way you look at it, this isn’t the brightest or most beautiful time for South African mining – if there’s ever been one.
At time of writing, there is no longer any doubt that Mamphela Ramphele and Helen Zille
In most democracies, you have to be careful when the leader of the main opposition party claims that a certain announcement is a "game-changer" for that state's politics.
Last week, I came under fire for writing, essentially, that hand-outs were not the answer to our country’s problems.
In politics, some things are hard, and some are even harder.
One of the reasons the World Economic Forum exists is to try to generate discussions between people who wouldn’t normally communicate.
Are the media hostile to the ANC? Do they attack the dignity of ANC politicians? Do they operate to the detriment of the public interest? Is responsible and ethical reporting treated as less important than the protection and promotion of media freedom? By JEANNE PRINSLOO.
South Africa plays Nigeria on Sunday in the African Nations Championship. It’s the perfect opportunity for South Africans to express concern about the raft of hateful anti-gay legislation signed into law by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.
Why do we sustain a ritual that slaughters boys in their prime or physically and mentally scars many others for life?" This is the question asked by Dr Dingeman Rijken (DD, 11 January 2013). It's a question that the Xhosa nation can no longer avoid.
On Tuesday, an initiative billed as 'the world’s first rent-free, premises-free, free pop-up clothing store for the poor' arrived on Cape Town’s streets for one day only.
As a nation we like to discuss our rights, and how they all devolve from the Constitution.
On Saturday, the ANC will unveil its manifesto for elections that are claimed to be the party's toughest ever.
Maybe you’d like to take a moment to consider the fact that an apparently unhinged former basketball pro who briefly dated Madonna is currently representing your interests in North Korea.
On 1 January this year, an article entitled ‘Jews Unwelcome At Rhodes University’ was published on the website of the South African Jewish Report.
South Africans living abroad will be able to register to vote in this year’s general elections for the first time – nationally, not provincially. Aside from logistical issues, there’s a good reason why the ANC would have been opposed to allowing expats a provincial vote: in the 2009 elections, when only already registered South Africans were allowed to vote