Best of Voices: Time for a new plan for democratic SA

2017-11-16 15:53
Nelson Mandela stands at attention as the national anthem is played during his inauguration at the Union Building in Pretoria. (Walter Dhladhla, AFP)

Nelson Mandela stands at attention as the national anthem is played during his inauguration at the Union Building in Pretoria. (Walter Dhladhla, AFP)

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Democracy's been captured - we need a new vision for change

The last four years that I have spent at the helm of the Foundation have been a tumultuous period. However, events over the last eighteen months have made me surer that we lie at a precipice of a profound and fundamental change.

As we move into the centenary of Madiba's birth, a year which we hope will provide the inspiration and impetus for change, we hark back to Madiba's fighting spirit for justice and his 'weapons' of resistance. Over the last two years, both the board and the management team of the NMF have grappled with how to position our organisation in a way that would play to our strengths and to be a conduit for the radical change necessary, writes Sello Hatang.

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Cyril Ramaphosa will drag us all down the drain

In the past three years, as deputy president, Ramaphosa has consistently referred to ‘my president’ when referring to President Zuma, who has all but stripped South Africa of its assets that aren’t bolted down and immovable. 

Ramaphosa publicly supported 'his' president until it became apparent that his president had backed his former wife in the leadership race, instead of him. He has since conveniently abandoned his sycophantic demeanour towards the president, and switched to dishing up the dirt on him instead, writes Herman Mashaba.

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Cape Town's water crisis: driven by politics more than drought

Two tiers of governance – the Western Cape province and the City of Cape Town – went above and beyond what was required to prepare for drought. The system failed, however, at the level of national government.

Wasteful expenditure in the national Department of Water and Sanitation, erroneous water allocations to agriculture and a failure to acknowledge or respond to provincial and municipal calls for help obstructed timely interventions.

National government’s numerous spanners jammed up the works of a system that could have managed the crisis quite effectively, writes David Olivier.

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