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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.

Bathabile Dlamini fails women of SA one last time

2019-06-16 11:02

At no point this week did Bathabile Dlamini seem to take responsibility for anything, besides insisting she was not a drunkard, while on the job. She almost seems unaware of the Constitutional Court's findings against her, writes Tshidi Madia.

Why we need a 'thuma mina' trains signalling project team to fix deadly railway network failures

2019-06-16 10:00

For thuma mina to be taken seriously, it has to be broken into to manageable thuma mina projects with clear objectives, responsibilities, timelines and budgets, and managed by competent people, writes Phumlani Moholi.

SABC 8: By 2016, the capture of the SABC newsroom was almost complete...

2019-06-16 07:00

By the beginning of 2016, the capture of the SABC newsroom was almost complete. After years of scheming and conniving, the pawns were in place and the August local government elections were looming.

SA's youth are fed-up and taking the fight into their own hands

2019-06-15 07:00

Yet another election campaign has been waged with the youth being voiceless. Yet another wasted opportunity to genuinely engage on the issue of youth unemployment, writes Ari Goldberg.

INSIDE LABOUR: Thuma Mina (send me) - to Geneva?

2019-06-14 05:00

Please explain an all-expenses-paid jolly in Geneva for the centennial celebrations of the International Labour Organisation, says Terry Bell.

 
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A challenge to the youth to be dauntless in the face of SA's problems

2019-06-16 07:00

We have the opportunity to serve one another, learn from those around us, keep our government accountable and work not for our own gain but for a better future for those who will come after us, writes Carli van Wyk.

No country for young people

2019-06-16 07:00

Companies are the most sustainable projects for creating mass employment, and the only way to help them prosper is to foster a climate in which entrepreneurs are willing to take risks in anticipation of reasonable rewards, writes Ann Bernstein.

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.

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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.

South Africa no longer has a public protector

2019-06-13 09:00

For as long as Busisiwe Mkhwebane pretends to be the Public Protector, the office is seriously undermined and we are denied the opportunity of a competent incumbent who is prepared to pledge practical fidelity to the Constitution, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

The ANC's Chernobyl

2019-06-12 20:00

It is almost as though there is a quiet acceptance that a "meltdown" always needed to happen, and that South Africans would be wise to simply stand aside and let it all play out, writes Howard Feldman.

Why Ramaphosa can't remove Magashule

2019-06-12 05:00

Any step against Ace Magashule would have to be carefully considered by the broader collective in the ANC NEC and NWC, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Stem cell treatment – excitement is understandable but let's tread carefully

2019-06-12 13:43

Evidence-based and ethical reporting, and marketing, are necessary if patients are to benefit from the great strides being made in the stem cell field – not to do so exposes vulnerable people to exploitation and possible harm, writes Dr Michael Pepper.

Uniting the middle – the key to South Africa's success

2019-06-11 13:08

For every Vicki Momberg or Velaphi Khumalo who says vile things about their fellow South Africans, there are ten people who want to work together in building the country, regardless of their race, writes Nicholas Lorimer.

Gangsterism in our schools: Should we not look beyond matric certificates?

2019-06-11 05:00

We need to stop the criminal wastage of the talent residing in our youthful population by taking steps to transform the socio-economic structures of our society that perpetuate the wounds of divisions, writes Mamphela Ramphele.

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.

Hyper-ventilated debate drowns out important SARB conversation

2019-06-10 09:09

With crisis levels of unemployment and a GDP first quarter decline of 3,2%, we clearly don't have a balanced, sustainable economy. So, are the SARB's policies adequate to assisting its constitutional mandate, asks Jeremy Cronin.

Helen Zille: What I learnt from tea with Thuli – personal responsibility is key

2019-06-10 05:00

We avoid biting the bullet of personal responsibility in almost every policy arena – from Aids right through to parents, which is why the success of the Marshall Plan has eluded South Africa, writes Helen Zille.

Clear and Present Danger – Ramaphosa, Bosasa and the Mkhwebane quandary

2019-06-09 07:00

As we watch ANC reserve bank policy battles between Ramaphosa and his secretary general Ace Magashule unfold on Twitter – over the same SARB mandate extension issue – the mist seems to be vanishing before the sun, writes Kyle Cowan.

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.

OPINION: Fickle AB has given Faf, Proteas an extra CWC headache

2019-06-06 14:43

Cricket South Africa's decision to leave AB de Villiers out of the 2019 Cricket World Cup was completely the correct one, writes Lloyd Burnard.

Forest High: It takes a village to raise a child

2019-06-06 10:10

It's time we bring back morals and inculcate the values of Ubuntu in our school environment. Turning the situation around will be a mammoth task and requires an intergovernmental approach, writes Vuyolwethu Zungula.

Mystical bewitchings or political conspiracies? Why are so many politicians being 'poisoned'?

2019-06-13 11:36

Whether politicians are referring to scientific poisoning or mystical bewitchings, we deserve to know more about allegations of poisoning including who was responsible and the motive for their actions, writes Mandy Wiener.

Bathabile Dlamini makes a U-turn in her resignation letter. Or does she?

2019-06-13 05:00

Race and class still take precedence over gender in the ANC. Patriarchal men are not the only ones to blame for this, unlike what Bathabile Dlamini suggests in her resignation letter, writes Christi van der Westhuizen.

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?

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.

Ramaphosa may find himself isolated in Cabinet on the SARB. Here's why

2019-06-11 08:45

There are too few people in Cabinet willing to openly side with Ramaphosa on the SARB matter, whilst too many people are quiet and seem to be non-committal in the debate, writes Ralph Mathekga.

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.

The baffling return of Seth Nthai

2019-06-10 08:35

Unlike our mere mortals, lawyers are officers of the court who dedicate their lives to upholding the rule of law. Thus for very good reasons, the bar for dealing with rogue lawyers is very high, writes Adriaan Basson.

On elections near and far, and on partnerships across the Mediterranean Sea

2019-06-09 07:00

Europe is not only Africa's direct neighbour and ally. It also is its biggest trading partner and leading investor, far ahead of any other region in the world. What happens in Africa matters in Europe. And what happens in Europe matters in Africa, writes Martin Schäfer.

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.

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.

OPINION: 'It's OK for a doctor not to be OK'

2019-06-06 11:54

Healthcare professionals run at full tilt, often putting the health and well-being of their patients ahead of their own. Lizette Rabe highlights the importance of sound mental-health care among the medical profession, along with medical students.

On Ace, quantitative easing and holding our leaders to a 'very much higher' standard

2019-06-06 07:17

Ace Magashule rhetorically subjected the economy to the kind of treatment expected of a doctor who had neither diagnosed the patient's ailment nor had the capacity to, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

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