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BOOK EXTRACT: The Rise and Demise of the Afrikaners

2019-02-17 10:34

Until the final years of the 1980s De Klerk supported the idea of retaining the pillars of apartheid. After his election as NP leader early in 1989, he singled out morality as his main motivation for ending apartheid and for seeking a settlement.

The Scorpions are not back. What the new anti-corruption unit could, and should, look like

2019-02-17 08:43

President Cyril Ramaphosa may not have had the political capital to announce the re-establishment of a Scorpions-type unit, but he should have at least started the conversation, those in the know say.

It's the end of road for Tom Moyane. So why does he think it's not?

2019-02-15 09:28

There really is no plausible legal path for Tom Moyane to continue litigation, although one suspects that will not deter him, writes Serjeant at the Bar.

4 reasons the ANC has only itself to blame for the Eskom crisis

2019-02-15 06:00

The political capturing of Eskom started in earnest in 2008 when the company started handing out tenders for its new build program which at that time was worth around R385bn over five years, writes James-Brent Styan.

 
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The burning platform: Inside the efforts to save Eskom

2019-02-15 07:08

It has been a week of crisis-management in government as Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan has attempted to force change at Eskom, which is imploding in full view of the public. Whatever happens, the repercussions will be severe.

Ramaphosa's SONA glow turns to load shedding darkness

2019-02-15 06:00

Should power blackouts continue, it will be the single most visible – and forceful – reminder of governance ineptitude and can result in a shedding of votes for the governing party, writes Daniel Silke.

FIRST TAKE: The day an ANC president had to defend his struggle credentials

2019-02-14 15:50

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday had to do something that none of his predecessors, including the corruption accused Jacob Zuma, has ever been forced to do: defend his struggle credentials.

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Lekota's political tactics are tired and ineffective

2019-02-14 11:07

It's ironic that Cope's Mosiuoa Lekota, cheered on loudly by the Economic Freedom Fighters, has copied the tactic once used to tragic effect by the apartheid regime, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Women politicians in Africa face huge odds but can make a real difference

2019-02-14 08:22

It's often said that opening up positions of political power to women will lead to more effective development policies that are better implemented. We're starting to see evidence that this is in fact the case.

Ramaphosa's plans aren't enough to adequately tackle violent crime

2019-02-13 09:15

President Ramaphosa's robust plans for the economy have the potential for reducing violent crime in the future. But existing levels of violent crime can severely undermine his efforts, writes Guy Lamb.

Communities, mining corporations and corruption in South Africa

2019-02-12 15:54

The influence of mining companies strain South Africa's participatory model of democracy. It seems that the strategies used by civil society organisations may be the best prospect for ensuring these companies, and government, apply the law.

The missing link in the inspiring SONA

2019-02-12 08:48

Our existing socio-economic development model has proven not equal to the task of undoing the inherited and growing inequities of our colour coded society. The solution lies elsewhere, writes Mamphela Ramphele.

The curious case of Ambassador Thulani 'Silence' Dlomo

2019-02-11 08:24

When Dlomo arrived at the State Security Agency (SSA) in 2012 to head up something called the special operations unit (SOU), he told his colleagues that he only reports to Zuma directly, writes Adriaan Basson.

Eyes open for 2019

2019-02-10 06:00

Those hoping for clarity from the State of the Nation Address on how expropriation without compensation would be implemented (and damage contained) would have been disappointed, writes Terence Corrigan.

Barricades, Alsatians and fences: SONA shows up a party and government afraid of its people

2019-02-10 06:00

SONA has become a fashion parade for the political and captured elite, smilingly strutting on a red carpet while answering banal questions about haute couture, writes Pieter du Toit.

Project Unscrambling Zuma

2019-02-08 00:20

With only three months to go before the election on 8 May, President Ramaphosa has to keep together a fragile unity in the ANC of comrades who may be directly impacted by his announcements on Thursday night, writes Adriaan Basson.

Cyril Ramaphosa's leap-of-faith SONA

2019-02-08 00:00

Ramaphosa told a good story. He offered enough to alleviate some scepticism. But, he expects support before he can deliver, writes Daniel Silke.

FULL TEXT: 'Let us grasp our future with both hands', says President Cyril Ramaphosa in SONA 2019 speech

2019-02-07 20:53

"We are a people of resilience, determination and optimism", says President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address in which he touched on land, jobs, electricity, housing and gender-based violence. Read the full speech.

Diplomatic row should be used to SA's advantage

2019-02-07 10:43

Government missed a diplomatic opportunity to publicly challenge some of the developed countries to ensure their multinational companies that do business in South Africa subscribe to domestic laws, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Why privatisation WOULD perk up SA rugby

2019-02-15 12:00

Rob Houwing explores further the mounting plea for full private ownership of top South African rugby teams as their sustainability looks increasingly gloomy.

Eskom has reduced me to a nervous wreck

2019-02-13 15:44

The anxiety that I now experience when entering a lift is almost not worth the laziness of not using the stairs, writes Howard Feldman.

Punish EFF MPs harshly who hit police officer

2019-02-13 07:48

Members of Parliament are supposed to set an example and we can not create a situation where people – especially young people – think it is OK to hit people when you don't like what they say, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

The South Africa Eskom was created for no longer exists. Why should the company?

2019-02-12 09:57

The privatisation of Eskom without a clearly formulated energy policy will be just as disastrous as the continuation of public bailouts for Eskom, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Wandile Sihlobo: A record year for SA's agricultural exports

2019-02-12 06:25

In 2018, SA’s agricultural exports grew by 7% y/y to $10.6bn, a record since 2001, plus a a 21% y/y increase in SA's agricultural trade balance to a record $3.9bn, says Wandile Sihlobo.

Fight racial hatred with mutual respect

2019-02-11 12:08

Establishing mutual recognition and respect is in everyone's best interest and is the best weapon we have at our disposal to fight racial hatred, writes Kallie Kriel.

Ramaphosa's education plans don't quite make the grade

2019-02-11 10:27

It would have been good to hear President Ramaphosa use his brief time at the podium to give a sober assessment of the state of South Africa's entire education system, writes Suellen Shay.

Redi Tlhabi: A moment for Ramaphosa to rise to the occasion

2019-02-10 10:02

For the moment, whilst Cyril Ramaphosa was delivering his State of the Nation Address, I could not help but be grateful that he had prevailed at the Nasrec conference, writes Redi Tlhabi.

Breathing life into the Scorpions: The right thing to do but a mighty challenge

2019-02-08 08:43

Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement to create the Scorpions 2.0 is the most exciting development in the fight against corruption in a decade. But making it a reality is going to be a mighty challenge, writes Mandy Wiener.

SONA cheatsheet: 9 things to look out for in CR's speech

2019-02-07 14:02

President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver his second State of the Nation Address on Thursday. From the EFF's braggadocio, to the Eskom rescue operation and the upcoming election – this is what we'll be looking out for.

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