by Hwang Sunghee North Korea on Monday declared its medium-range Pukguksong-2 missile ready for deployment after a weekend test, the latest step in its quest to defy UN sanctions and develop an intercontinental rocket capable of striking US targets.
There is now only one thing we know for sure about the ANC’s December elective conference. ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said on Friday that he would not contest his position again at the 54th national conference. That means that there will definitely be a new secretary-general running the affairs of the ANC. While the focus remains on the top job, the secretary-general position is key to the party’s internal functioning and its main interface with society. Like with the presidency, this is set to be a highly coveted position. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
Cameras amid the National Assembly light fittings trained on MPs. Police detectives contravening the law, and sanctity of Parliament, in pursuit of a minister’s complaint over a tweet. And another round of rumours on the parliamentary grapevine over whether or not Parliament’s top administrator really has the security clearance for the job. Beneath the veneer of the people’s Parliament, the institution appears to be unravelling. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
South Africans may just wanna cry. The Cyber Crime and Cybersecurity Bill is before Parliament, but in the interim thousands of businesses are wide open. South Africa is already one of the world’s top cybercrime hotspots, cybercrime is one of our fastest growing criminal enterprises. Oh, and did we mention there’s more, scarier ransomware on the way? By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
Renowned opera director Kobie van Rensburg and founder of Umculo, Shirley Apthorp, have returned to South Africa to present their new work, Schande!, a showcase of Lieder (songs) by Franz Schubert performed with local artists which makes an interpretive statement that doesn’t mince words: the country’s levels of violence are a disgrace. DIANA NEILLE sat down with the duo for a Q&A.
It is by now common cause that our politics is in such a swirl that one gets the sense almost anything could happen. Resignations are now retirements, those who used to be the very epitome of establishment are calling for “radical” change, and Julius Malema sometimes looks positively statesmanlike. In the centre of this maelstrom is the once unthinkable prospect of change in 2019, of the ANC losing a national election. For this to happen, the DA will have to change first, which the party is already doing in many ways. However, it is now encountering several challenges in its way. Whether it is able to overcome them could well tell us what could happen in two years’ time. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
Thinking about the increasingly fraught political times in both the US and South Africa, J. BROOKS SPECTOR reaches back to 18th century political philosopher Edmund Burke to understand the role of the legislator in these difficult times.
A conflict between the DRC’s armed forced and a militia calling itself Kamuina Nsapu has sent 20,000 refugees across the border into Angola. But who is Kamuina Nsapu? And what set off the fighting in this previously peaceful region? By KRISTEN VAN SCHIE.
The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) was up in arms last week following the news that there will be some changes to how lottery funding is allocated. The National Lottery Commission denied some of Sascoc’s claims, but is it a case of fighting for the country’s athletes or being sour after being asked to disembark the gravy train? By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Stunted kids who grow into fat adults are indicative of a nutritional crisis that government does not seem to have a clue how to address. Are there no champions to fight for people with chronic disease because these sicknesses mostly affect women, the old and the overweight? HEALTH-E’s Kerry Cullinan reports.
When the 2015 Fifa Congress gave Tokyo Sexwale a mandate to resolve the problem of Israeli settlement soccer clubs, members surely thought they had found the right person for the job. Sexwale, a hero of the anti-apartheid movement who spent 13 years imprisoned on Robben Island, knows a thing or two about oppression and injustice. Yet Fifa President Gianni Infantino has indicated that a delay in submitting a report by Sexwale is responsible for a decision this week to continue, for now, playing games on unlawfully seized Palestinian land. By SARI BASHI.
The almost daily disclosures about the shenanigans of ANC politicians and their redeployed government bureaucrats reveal that our beloved country is being dismantled for capture and sale (with huge discounts for buyers located in Saxonwold). Mcebisi Jonas, the former deputy finance minister, has suggested that we have experienced a “silent coup” and that SA had become a corrupt “shadow state”. Consequently, the progress and achievements of the anti-apartheid Struggle are being reversed.
When the City of Cape Town was asked by an environmental writer in July 2009, “How long will Cape Town’s water supplies last?”, the city responded that the the Berg River Dam will provide enough water until 2020. Posed with the same question, the national Department of Water and Environment Affairs said the city will run into shortages by 2012. What might the City have done had they listened?