Analysis

Tshwane impasse over GladAfrica shows up weaknesses in coalition politics

2019-06-15 17:37

The most recent investigation into the GladAfrica contract is being handled in-house, as the DA can’t count on the EFF’s support if it wants to take another run at suspending the city manager.

Political risk analysis: Major shifts and key players

2019-06-14 06:00

This briefing note covers the period June 14 tot 21, 2019 and analyses the political risk environment in South Africa ahead of the state of the nation address on June 20, 2019. Please note this document is meant only for subscribers to News24's Friday Briefing.

Mkhwebane: Tool, spy or ordained protector?

2019-06-14 06:00

When then president Jacob Zuma heard Busisiwe Mkhwebane had been nominated for Public Protector, he leapt to his feet, and effectively exclaimed "No, then we have a candidate" and declared the process complete. If anyone in the room was taken aback by Zuma's reaction, they did not show it.

Death in the Highveld: Landmark case shows how burning coal is killing people

2019-06-11 12:48

New research revealed in court papers shows that we can no longer ignore the impact of burning coal on air pollution deaths in the Highveld.

Employed but still poor: The state of low-wage working poverty

2019-06-10 16:38

Paid employment is generally considered the most sustainable way of pulling people out of poverty. But the past two decades have seen a global rise in the complex phenomenon of the working poor. South Africa is no exception.

 

 

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Study shows young South Africans have no faith in democracy and politicians

2019-06-12 08:53

Looking at the trends over the last few years, there’s been a systematic decrease in youth participation in elections. Does this reflect youth apathy or lack of confidence in the system of democracy to meet their needs?

Young women in Soweto say healthy living is hard. Here's why

2019-06-10 19:00

Data from South Africa has shown that over two thirds of young women are overweight and obese. Most women are not exercising enough, and consumption of processed and calorie-dense foods and high amounts of sugar is common.

CR vs Ace: Anatomy of a train-smash and what comes next

2019-06-07 10:37

This week's escalating conflict between President Cyril Ramaphosa and the ANC's secretary-general, Ace Magashule, will come to a head sooner rather than later. Magashule's open taunting of the president has not gone unnoticed among his surrogates. This is what you need to know.

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The ANC's 'broad church': A clearing house for patronage networks and looters

2019-06-07 06:00

The ANC used to pride itself on being a "broad church", a place where people of different persuasions, convictions and orientations could come together and thrash out unity and compromise. But Ace Magashule's statement this week about the SA Reserve Bank shows that has changed, writes Pieter du Toit.

Carbon tax revenues could be harnessed to help South Africa's poor

2019-06-01 07:00

Companies in South Africa will now pay a small amount each time they emit a ton of greenhouse gases. Putting a price on carbon is a key way of responding to the climate emergency.

The case against Deputy President David Mabuza

2019-05-31 06:00

'The Cat' has slipped the noose time and again, shrugging off allegations against him. But question marks remain over a man who the ANC's Integrity Commission identified as a member who may have brought the party into disrepute.

Theresa May resigns as British prime minister – here's where it all went wrong

2019-05-24 19:00

Europe has claimed the career of yet another Conservative prime minister. After less than three years in office, Theresa May has suffered a catastrophic loss of confidence in her leadership among MPs and cabinet ministers.

Ramaphosa surrounded by interest groups, as ANC power blocs become unrecognisable

2019-06-07 06:00

Within the ANC of Ramaphosa and the ANC of Zuma are almost separate provincial and city power blocs, which independently align tactically with either the Ramaphosa or Zuma ANC depending on their interests, writes William Gumede.

FIRST TAKE: Ramaphosa must act over Magashule's disastrous SARB statements

2019-06-05 08:32

The governing ANC's apparent "decision" to expand the mandate of the SARB and the subsequent chaos over whether it's true, is nothing short of abject disaster. And the president needs to act.

Donald Trump in the UK: A state visit offered in haste and regretted at leisure

2019-06-04 19:00

US President Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK was offered with exceptional speed, from a position of weakness. But greater than the usual preoccupation with the “special” relationship is the question of whether there is now even a settled relationship.

FIRST TAKE: Gordhan's retention in Cabinet a sign of intent, but challenges remain

2019-05-30 05:00

When Cyril Ramaphosa became president in February last year the message was that he will use the remaining months of the Zuma government to review policy, prepare the foundations of his own administration and ensure that he gets to appoint the people he wants to in his first Cabinet.

Batohi and Cronje take charge of the NPA and they're playing open cards

2019-05-24 15:08

For the first time in years, it felt like the NPA was back. The dynamic duo of national director Shamila Batohi and the new head of the investigating directorate Hermione Cronje, faced the media and the nation and told us everything we needed to hear.

FIRST TAKE: Ramaphosa charms and challenges foes to rally behind him

2019-05-22 19:55

In his acceptance speech after being elected as the fifth president of a democratic South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa charmed and challenged his political opponents to work with him in improving the lives of all South Africans, writes News24's editor-in-chief Adriaan Basson.

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