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Dawie Scholtz: How the ANC (narrowly) held Gauteng

2019-05-20 13:00

Gauteng, home to the SA's administrative and economic capitals, was the biggest prize during the recent general election. The ANC managed to hold on to it by the skin of their teeth. How did the party do it? Dawie Scholtz explains.

The way we define kilograms, metres and seconds changes this week

2019-05-20 11:51

We measure stuff all the time – how long, how heavy, how hot, and so on. But making sure our measurements compare apples with apples has been a challenge: how to know if my kilogram weight is the same as yours.

Mandela vs Ramaphosa: Whose list is better?

2019-05-20 09:47

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Wednesday lead an ANC caucus to the first sitting of the National Assembly that seems to be vastly different in quality than the one Nelson Mandela presented to parliament 25 years ago.

Ace's ANC vs Cyril's ANC

2019-05-20 05:02

Anyone still claiming that the ANC is united under President Cyril Ramaphosa must please explain he and secretary general Ace Magashule can claim to work towards the same goal in the same organisation, writes Adriaan Basson.

EXTRACT: Verwoerd - My Journey through Family Betrayals

2019-05-20 08:39

My faith and commitment to inclusive humanisation means I cannot give up on my blood family. I cannot stop trying to understand and accept them more deeply, writes Wilhelm Verwoerd.

 
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Voters, economic dependency and the ANC

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Along with Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola and probably Botswana later this year, Southern African nations still haven’t embedded real competitive politics with an electoral change of party at the ballot box, writes Daniel Silke.

The shocking unemployment is Ramaphosa's problem to fix

2019-05-20 08:22

The Cabinet Ramaphosa will put together by the end of this month will reflect his seriousness in addressing South Africa's socioeconomic problems that include staggering unemployment, writes Phumlani Majozi.

Rooi Gevaar is back

2019-05-19 18:19

The EFF twisted the arm of Parliament even with a scant 25 seats. Sy Makaringe looks at what the daring red army will do with 44.

Make job creators the most respected people in the country, Mr President

2019-05-19 09:00

Cyril Ramaphosa must introduce measures to change the attitudes of all officials who run public institutions with direct and indirect influence on the economy to have a focus on job creation, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

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The DA's campaign battle plan was simply wrong

2019-05-19 07:00

The success of the ANC is that it does not function like an ordinary political party. Its branch system serves as communities it can activate during elections. The DA has failed to grow something similar, writes William Gumede.

Whether you believe Arthur Fraser or Sydney Mufamadi, 'The Farm' is a mess

2019-05-17 14:08

The country's intelligence agencies have been grossly abused and manipulated. The end result is that we cannot trust that our state security is acting with objectivity and integrity, writes Mandy Wiener.

The Ramaphosa era has dawned: 3 scenarios for how it could play out

2019-05-17 06:00

President Cyril Ramaphosa will at last be able to implement the policies and structural changes to the state that he believes can take South Africa forward. Realpolitik will rein him in, writes Pieter du Toit.

The Sixth Parliament is about to commence. Buckle up

2019-05-17 06:00

With the ballots cast, the votes counted, and the seats calculated, everything is set for the Sixth Parliament to start its term. What will happen? Jan Gerber ventures a few guesses.

Unemployment skyrockets but zero political will from national government

2019-05-16 17:58

It's frightening to consider that, young people – especially black youth – stand a greater chance of going to prison than qualifying to become doctors or engineers or acquiring other skills desperately needed in our economy, writes Herman Mashaba.

Young people elected to Parliament, remember your generational mandate

2019-05-16 12:12

Our comrades must not lose touch with the ground. Parliament must not turn them into elites that are detached from the daily realities of the people, writes Mcebo Dlamini.

The sixth Parliament: Out with the old, in with the new

2019-05-16 08:48

Some of the things that give Parliament its own specific flavour are some of the characters involved – those MPs who stand out from the crowd. The sixth Parliament will have its own flavour as some of spicier MPs won't make it back, and new ones will arrive.

Congratulations to the people of South Africa for the strength of your democracy!

2019-05-16 05:00

Whether in Brussels, Pretoria or Berlin, we face many challenges when it comes to elections. Voter participation is a key one; getting young people out to vote in particular. South Africa is no exception, writes Martin Schäfer.

Ahmed Timol: The quest for justice for people murdered in apartheid's jails

2019-05-15 12:59

The re-opening of the Timol and Aggett cases deepens public knowledge and understanding of the many cases of people who were tortured and murdered under apartheid.

The elections offered little to be inspired by. South Africans deserve better

2019-05-15 05:00

Politics have become uninspiring and the majority of politicians uninspired. Many are there for all the wrong reasons (i.e. Louis Vuitton handbags and expensive Italian shoes), writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Land at the heart of EFF, FF+ ideological victories in election 2019

2019-05-14 12:26

On one hand, you have Africans angry over being dispossessed by apartheid and whites on the other, afraid of having their properties expropriated. You can't fix this with a non-committal disposition, writes Dimo Mariri.

The election is over – now for the tough choices

2019-05-14 05:00

The next five years could represent a tipping point – one that shifts South Africa back on course to the prospects of development and prosperity, or onto a winding pathway to dysfunction, writes Terence Corrigan.

On BLF, Hlaudi and the media's elections coverage

2019-05-13 13:15

There is always an obligation to cover all parties that contest the election. But the media has been obsessed with the utterances of charlatans and divisive vigilantes with questionable morals, writes Redi Tlhabi.

'Broad church' politics under pressure after election 2019

2019-05-13 05:00

The ANC must decide if it fears the EFF so much that it panders to its pressures – or whether it sees the bigger picture of the necessity for more centrist and market-friendly initiatives to kickstart growth, writes Daniel Silke.

Phakama Ramaphosa! The time has come

2019-05-12 09:06

Ramaphosa acting boldly now will be good for the country as well as the ANC's performance in the 2024 elections, even though it might come with some cost to him within his party, writes Calvin Matlou.

The 20 million that got away: The mourning after the elections

2019-05-19 07:00

South African voter absenteeism must be understood first and foremost as strategic, informed and intended. Their absence is by no means a sign of apathy, writes Tinyiko Maluleke.

Zuma will return to court with 3 arguments to end his prosecution. Will he succeed?

2019-05-17 10:19

The Jacob Zuma corruption trial will soon recommence in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court with his new legal team bringing three arguments in favour of a permanent stay of prosecution, writes Serjeant at the Bar.

Inspire us, Mr President!

2019-05-17 06:00

President Cyril Ramaphosa has a golden opportunity to inspire the nation with his appointment of a Cabinet. He has to replace the same old boring names with new brooms. The country is ready to be surprised, writes Adriaan Basson.

ELECTIONS BRIEFS: Will FF Plus be AfriForum's parliamentary wing?

2019-05-16 19:30

The explosion of support for the Freedom Front Plus – albeit from a small base – has arguably been one of the most significant stories to come out of this election.

ELECTIONS BRIEFS: The EFF will have to grow up if it wants to change SA

2019-05-16 12:31

The EFF has been going full tilt since it was established in 2014, blowing up parliamentary convention, shaping a new brand of racial nationalism and setting fire to the political environment.

Radio Freedom comes home

2019-05-16 11:40

Radio Freedom broadcast for the final time in August 1991 after ANC president Oliver Tambo assigned Thami Ntenteni to attend a conference in Holland to officially switch off Radio Freedom transmitters. Its equipment is finally coming home.

ELECTIONS BRIEFS: Why the much-vaunted DA shot blanks

2019-05-16 05:00

Two days before last week's election it seemed like the DA might just manage to pull this one out of the fire. But as the numbers started to roll in it soon became clear that Mmusi Maimane's party, the official opposition, was going to have a 'mare.

ELECTIONS BRIEFS: Make no mistake, the ANC is in deep trouble

2019-05-15 14:46

The ANC is in deep trouble. It has suffered its biggest drop in support since the coming of democracy and its leadership would do well to honestly assess their own battles and deal with them before 2024. Otherwise it's game over.

How did land impact on the elections? Political parties overlapped more than we think

2019-05-15 11:02

One of the biggest land reform failures of the past 25 years is the state's inability to pass legislation pertaining to communal land to secure the land rights of the millions of people living on the land, writes Elmien du Plessis.

Demographics and disappointment: Dawie Scholtz's complete election post-mortem

2019-05-14 14:46

Something in the electoral calculus this year drove down ANC and DA support; and drove up EFF and FF+ support. How did this happen? News24 elections analyst Dawie Scholtz gives his full breakdown of what happened in the election of May 8.

Did Ramaphosa receive the mandate he was looking for?

2019-05-14 08:03

Who received the mandate in the elections last week? Was it passed to the ANC or to Cyril Ramaphosa, or both? This is not an academic debate with no basis in real life, but influences how things will progress in government in the next five years, writes Ralph Mathekga.

POST-ELECTION ANALYSIS: 4 essential reads

2019-05-13 19:00

With the long awaited elections over, all eyes will be on President Cyril Ramaphosa and the internal battles in the ANC and how that will affect the possibilities for economic growth. Here are four essential reads looking back on the elections and unpacking Ramaphosa's big challenges ahead.

Ramaphosa's 3 biggest challenges right now

2019-05-13 08:03

Cyril Ramaphosa's power will immediately be challenged from Luthuli House as the Zuma camp regroups to undermine and ultimately unseat him, writes Adriaan Basson.

ANALYSIS: The who, why and what of the Freedom Front Plus

2019-05-13 08:46

The Freedom Front Plus is now the fifth biggest in Parliament, with 2.38% of the national vote. Though small compared with the three leading parties, the gains of the FF+ nevertheless came as something of a surprise. Keith Gottschalk and Dirk Kotze explain.

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