Without any doubt Ramaphosa’s campaign has picked up speed. He is saying the right things, attending key events and looking presidential. Thus the media’s positive response. In contrast his main rival (for now), Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, is not doing high-profile events, looks grumpy when she is out and about and does not produce catchy soundbytes.If we were to measure the two campaigns as we would an American or European presidential run-off, it would be clear that Ramaphosa has the upper hand. But this is not Europe or America and the ANC works very differently from the Republicans or Democrats. Also: we are living in extraordinary times – even as far as the ANC is concerned, writes Melanie Verwoerd.Read more.Pillars of democracy toppling one by oneThe inexplicable break-ins at the Chief Justice, the National Prosecuting Authority and Hawks offices signal deliberate and calculated attempts to destroy the integrity of the judiciary and compromise the law enforcement apparatuses. Sonwabile Ngxiza.Read more.Drought bulletin: we may just make itAt the rate of decline in the last summer season of around 6% per month, we would run out of potable water in under five months or by the middle of February next year. If you allow for the fact that the city’s water consumption has been cut from 800 to 600 million litres a day, this may lower the descent to say 4.5% a month which would push Day Zero out to the end of March next year. Clem Sunter.Read more.