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.

Youth have major bargaining power, but do they know it?

2018-06-18 08:26

Do the youth fully understand their bargaining power in a scenario where political parties would be seeking their votes in the forthcoming election, asks Ralph Mathekga.

Hungarians vote in parliamentary elections in 'test for Europe'

2018-04-08 11:07

Hungarians head to the voting booth to decide the country's future amid rising anti-migrant rhetoric.

Venezuelan president eyes wins in local votes

2017-12-10 10:53

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro is expecting a few surprises in Sunday's municipal elections, amid an opposition boycott and voter enthusiasm undercut by economic crisis.

A weak ANC does not a winning opposition make

2017-10-27 08:19

Real as the ANC's weakness appears to those addicted to news headlines, they are not entirely self-evident to voters. Nor do they presuppose the need for political change, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.


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's tight-rope walk working - for now

2018-07-19 10:38

Cyril Ramaphosa must win over the poor and marginalised, whose plight is desperate. But the poor performance of SARS, R50bn budget deficit and lacklustre GDP provide little wiggle-room, says Daniel Silke.

Populist politics still a threat to SA society, Thuli Madonsela warns

2018-05-04 07:23

Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says state capture has left society and the political arena fragile and vulnerable, which perpetrators of state capture are exploiting for political means.

Here’s the personality test Cambridge Analytica had Facebook users take

2018-03-20 16:32

The personality test Cambridge Analytica used gives users an "OCEAN" score for Openness, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism.

India rolls out the red carpet for 100-year-old voter

2017-11-10 05:32

Authorities in a remote Himalayan village in Northern India roll out the red carpet for a 100-year-old man who has voted in every election since independence to cast his ballot.

Only effective anti-corruption protest will be 2019 election - expert

2017-09-28 12:45

Any real protest against corruption can only be made at the national election in 2019, Sable International director Andrew Rissik said on Thursday.

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