Seeing through the Ramaphosa/Zuma bromance

2019-01-15 08:13

The fake bromance between Cyril Ramaphosa and Jacob Zuma is like a third rate soap opera. The plot is not credible, the dialogue is weak and the actors are pathetic, writes Max du Preez.

Top 5: Jobs and other economic priorities in ANC's election arsenal

2019-01-13 08:16

Despite the fact that it has not ever made a job target it has set itself, the ANC has pledged to create an extra 275 000 jobs a year.

Mangosuthu Buthelezi on his legacy: 'I believe in the goodwill of people'

2018-12-16 15:33

More than a year after announcing an intention to retire from politics, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi has still not retired and seemingly waiting for the IFP to constitute a national congress in order to elect a new leader.

Beware the well-meaning zealot

2018-11-29 10:39

A vote for Cyril Ramaphosa is a vote for the ANC, which is a vote for more corruption and incompetence. If voters reward poor performance with re-election, they should expect continued poor performance, writes Geordin Hill-Lewis.

Tough choices await voters in 2019

2018-11-27 12:04

The next elections will be hard fought, but it doesn't appear as if voters will have many choices on policy matters, writes Mokgethi Nkosi.

ANC will go to polls with only one major asset: President Ramaphosa

2018-10-28 18:56

The ANC has completely forfeited its right to be re-elected in 2019. It knows it, and is running scared. But the odds are that it will still win, even though with its smallest majority yet, writes Roger Southall.

The ANC dynamics that make Ramaphosa's job impossible

2018-10-09 09:26

President Cyril Ramaphosa may as well be honest with us: there are indeed ways of pulling South Africa out of the quicksand, but the internal dynamics of the ANC make that impossible, writes Max du Preez.

Alan Winde: I've got big shoes to fill

2018-09-20 15:21

As premier of the Western Cape he will have big shoes to fill but with almost two decades in government, he's got the track record to prove that he's up to the challenge, says Alan Winde.

Surviving the pre-election chaos

2018-08-29 08:17

It is important that the election is held as soon as possible. The time before an election is a very challenging time, particularly for a country like ours, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Zimbabwe Army boss is said to demand: Who ordered crackdown?

2018-08-07 18:26

Zimbabwe’s armed forces chief wants to know who ordered troops to break up protests against the ruling party’s election victory, according to 3 government officials.


Ramaphosa sets out a bold vision for South Africa. But can he pull it off?

2019-01-14 10:22

As South Africa heads for the polls in a few months time in its sixth democratic election, political party electioneering has begun in earnest, writes Cheryl Hendricks.

How elections, land reform could impact SA property in 2019

2018-12-27 13:41

An election year - which SA will see in 2019 - is always an interesting one for the property market, says the CEO of Leapfrog Property Group.

Voters are never powerless – despite our electoral system

2018-12-12 08:32

Undeniably, voters have a far bigger say in a first-past-the-post electoral system. But in a country like ours such a system would have seen the ANC getting close to all the seats in Parliament, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Why voting for Ramaphosa is about reality – not ideology

2018-11-28 07:25

For the sake of the country, we need a president who has a strong public mandate to move forward with decisiveness and courage, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

3 big political parties offer mediocre prospects for upcoming election

2018-10-29 09:22

The 2019 elections will most likely fail to bring significant change in the country. This is because South Africa's body politic has lost its commitment to the plight of the people, writes Ralph Mathekga.

DA plays populist immigration card

2018-10-23 10:10

As elsewhere in the world, migration is increasingly at the centre of South Africa’s public debate. For the first time, the DA has released a document outlining its "immigration plan" for the country, writes Loren B Landau.

ANC can no longer count on Cosatu to win elections

2018-09-28 08:50

The ANC may have to fight next year’s general election without hundreds of thousands of votes which its trade union ally has delivered in the past, writes Steven Friedman.

Crumbling DA-EFF coalitions a sign of things to come

2018-08-30 16:32

With election 2019 looming, it’s time again for political parties to cover themselves in (in)glory in a fight to gain some sort of competitive advantage in what is likely to be South Africa’s most fractious vote to date, writes Daniel Silke.

Middle-class voters may punish ANC

2018-08-08 11:41

In 2016, the ruling party lost its grip on key metros in the municipal elections. If the current landslide that is economic inequality continues, they stand to lose a lot more in the 2019 general election.


2018-07-30 10:48

HISTORY is being made in Zimbabwe as the 2018 elections will be the country's first without Robert Mugabe as a candidate.

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