Analysis

Elmien du Plessis: The ANC's position on expropriation not new, courts remain final arbiter

2020-01-27 09:54

The ANC has not departed from its historical position about expropriation without compensation, writes Elmien du Plessis. And the governing party and the state won't be able to eschew the courts, it would be unconstitutional.

ANALYSIS: Public approval is Ramaphosa's only defence against his enemies in the ANC

2020-01-26 13:55

What are South Africans to make of the murmurs that the ANC plans to recall Cyril Ramaphosa as president of the republic at its next National General Council in June? That's where the party will meet to review if government has implemented its policies.

Mmusi Maimane: Cyril, Pravin and Tito may be Mzansi Avengers to some, but cannot save ANC from itself

2020-01-24 09:00

That in this good guys, bad guys analysis may be the source of hope for some, but it is not helpful in addressing the systemic failures of government. It absolves responsibility from some and approbates undue praise onto others, writes Mmusi Maimane.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela: Unless ANC gets its house in order, expect more Gupta-style state capture attempts

2020-01-24 10:00

A culture should be developed where it is frowned upon for a minister or proxy of a minister to call a director general or a CEO of a state entity enquiring about employment or procurement opportunities for comrades, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

ANALYSIS | Gordhan, De Ruyter on Eskom crisis: 'We've got this'

2020-01-22 09:19

News24 has interviewed Gordhan and De Ruyter about the Eskom crisis separately, within hours of one another, and the similarities in their outlooks are striking.

ANALYSIS: The plan to make Cyril Ramaphosa a one-term president

2020-01-17 09:00

In 2010, former US president Barack Obama's detractors vowed to make him a "one-term president". President Cyril Ramaphosa is facing the same challenge: Political opponents are determined to make sure he does not come back after the next party election, reports Pieter du Toit.

 

 

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The president’s man: Eskom, and how Pravin Gordhan navigates treacherous political waters

2020-01-24 08:00

He seems to be under constant pressure, with calls for his dismissal being made daily and from all quarters. But Pravin Gordhan, the minister of public enterprises, seems pretty unflappable, writes Pieter du Toit.

Friday Briefing | The plan to make Cyril Ramaphosa a one-term president

2020-01-16 21:20

The Cyril Ramaphosa presidency heralded in a new era... but with the gloss of Ramaphoria having worn off, he now faces challenges on multiple fronts.

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ANALYSIS: Ramaphosa needs to autocorrect and do so quickly

2020-01-17 12:00

President Cyril Ramaphosa should quickly correct his mistakes. And he needs to quicken his consultation processes, which do not necessarily have to yield consensus or please everyone before he takes decisions, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

ANALYSIS | Racism, fake news and state capture: How they’re killing off Gordhan

2020-01-13 10:52

Pravin Gordhan, formerly the commissioner of the SA Revenue Service and twice minister of finance, now the minister of public enterprises, has been systematically demonised as corrupt, incompetent and the main reason for Eskom’s descent into dysfunction. And it seems that the assault has worked, writes Pieter du Toit.

ANALYSIS: Empty promises, hollow rhetoric define the ANC today

2020-01-10 05:00

January 8 statements, once the most serious messages from party leadership, providing guidance to supporters of the movement on the struggle against apartheid, have now become monotonous rhetoric of promises, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Mmusi Maimane: Matrics passed but the DBE failed the exam

2020-01-09 06:00

We must take charge of our destinies and create solutions for our children. We can’t afford to wait for this government to get its act together – if we do, we’ll be waiting forever.

ANALYSIS | Rashied Staggie: Last of the Cape Flats' OGs

2019-12-13 14:50

A look around the room confirmed this: people were enthralled by him despite their fear and animus given his reputation as the leader of one of the most powerful and feared gangs to have ever come out of South Africa, let alone the Cape Flats, the Hard Livings.

ANALYSIS: All eyes on Julius, kingmaker in the EFF realm

2019-12-13 06:00

All eyes are on the EFF and Julius Malema as the party commences with its second national people's assembly taking place at Nasrec in Johannesburg.

QUICK TAKE: Mabuza’s move and Mboweni’s moan reveals depth of division in party and state

2020-01-10 11:07

Two seemingly unrelated events over the last 24 hours might give us some indication of where the political and economic year is headed. And early signs are that it won’t be pretty, writes Pieter du Toit.

ANALYSIS: Gifts for the ANC at 108 years? Younger leaders with ideas

2020-01-10 05:00

Just as it was stuck with an ageing leadership in the 1940s so too today it is stuck with a NEC leadership and cabinet that averages on 60 years old. Innovation and creativity is therefore sparse and the same rhetoric and thinking common in the 1980s and 1990s continues to reign today, writes Wesley Seale

ANALYSIS | The ANC at 108: the sick man of South African politics

2020-01-10 05:00

The governing party will celebrate its birthday this weekend. But no amount of champagne, cakes or booze-fuelled parties can mask the reality of the what the ANC has become: it is in terminal decline, losing support and unable to effect the repairs necessary, writes Pieter du Toit.

ANALYSIS: Matric results not a good indicator of the health of the education system as a whole

2020-01-08 11:57

If we do not address the problem of low literacy and numeracy skills in the system, especially in the early years, there is a high risk of streaming learners according to the education opportunities the system has afforded them, rather than their academic abilities, writes Equal Education

Ramaphosa, state capture and load shedding - the 10 most popular columns of the year

2019-12-22 08:04

Between the national elections, state capture commission revelations, the Rugby World Cup and load shedding, there has been plenty to opine about in 2019. Here are the year's 10 most popular opinions and analyses News24 published.

UK ELECTION PRIMER | Landslide helps Boris Johnson closer to Brexit nirvana

2019-12-13 10:45

Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party have won an overwhelming victory in Britain's general election. What now? Will Brexit happen? And why was Labour so utterly and comprehensively smashed? Read News24's primer on the United Kingdom's general election and get in the loop.

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