by Michael Mathes Donald Trump warned Republicans that he is done negotiating and wants a vote Friday on replacing Obamacare, warning that if the effort fails, his predecessor's health care reforms will stand, lawmakers in an emergency meeting said.
As Thursday’s deadline for the ANC’s newly elected Nelson Mandela Bay chair Andile Lungisa to step down came and went, suspended Western Cape ANC Chair, Marius Fransman, emerged from the political wilderness to bat for President Jacob Zuma’s anointed one. There is no love lost between Fransman and ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe. On Thursday Fransman lashed out at Mantashe, accusing him of threatening Lungisa and abusing the ANC’s constitution. Lungisa, said Fransman, is a “visionary”. By MARIANNE THAMM.
Competition Commission: Fresh produce dealers ‘collude’ to up food prices and muscle out emerging black farmers
The Competition Commission is waging war on corporate collusion and on Thursday it conducted raids on nine fresh produce market agents. The implicated companies deny the allegations, but it could be another case of corporate collusion affecting the poor. By GREG NICOLSON.
This week the Western Cape provincial government had what seemed like the perfect opportunity to show sceptics that it is, in fact, committed to dismantling Cape Town’s ongoing spatial segregation. At the heart of the matter: a piece of government-owned land in Sea Point which activists had shown could be feasibly used in part for affordable housing. Yet the Western Cape cabinet announced on Wednesday that it was proceeding with the private sale of the land, giving justifications which activists reject as spurious. By REBECCA DAVIS.
Drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) is a “devastating” diagnosis for anyone. But it is particularly difficult for teenagers – who have to navigate an often-hostile education system as well as the usual pressures of adolescence. Only a fraction of patients with resistant TB are cured – even with access to treatment. Sinethemba Kuse is a teenager from Khayelitsha who hasn’t lost hope, despite the challenges she’s faced. By Amy Green for HEALTH-E NEWS.
Reporter’s Parliamentary Notebook: The chickens are coming home to roost in the poultry and banking sectors
Chickens. Banks. Different sectors, same issues: transformation (radical or not), government (in)action and economic growth, or lack thereof. It’s not a case of why did the chicken cross the road, it’s why did the frozen chicken cross the ocean? Or, in the case of the banks and the broader financial services sector, who really owns whom? Two days of public hearings by Parliament’s trade and industry committee, including one alongside the finance committee, highlighted the role of foreign ownership in South Africa’s economy, transformation in trouble, and structural inequalities. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
A landmark ruling unfolded last week when the Seshego Magistrate’s Court ordered the Limpopo Department of Education to pay R60,000 in personal compensation to Nare Mphela, a transgender woman from Ga-Matlala village. The case, which was officially brought to the court by the South African Human Rights Commission on November 14, 2016, is hailed as a triumph for LGBTIQ+ rights in South Africa. However, the story has its roots as far back as 2014, with Mphela only now, emerging from her bureaucratic purgatory. By KELLYN BOTHA.
As the main South African investor in Cash Paymaster Services’ parent company, Allan Gray has been under the spotlight over the social grants payment controversy. As a result, a bigger investor, the World Bank, has not received much attention, writes Erin Torkelson for GROUNDUP.
To tell the truth, the play El Blanco is a heap of nonsense. There’s a plot, of sorts, some singing, of more uncertain sorts, a very large hat and very tight trousers, and square-mouthed James Cairns spinning a yarn of his crazy days in Mexico. And bravo, amigo, because it’s one hell of a funny show. By LESLEY STONES.
In moments of weakness, I wish for an easier life, a nicer disposition, and skin colour that carries less responsibility. All these are interlinked – an angry black person seems destined to live a difficult life, forever trying to affirm our rights and place in society. In the wake of the racist incident at a Spur restaurant and Helen Zille’s colonialism-praising tweets, it is apparent that society has the expectation that countering racism and white privilege remains black peoples’ burden. That Mmusi Maimane is facing the biggest test of his political career because of someone else’s doing is the best demonstration of this.
When somebody expresses unpopular, shockingly bigoted or other incendiary views on social media or elsewhere and the inevitable backlash follows, there are always people who caution that the resultant outcry threatens the freedom of expression of the wrongdoer. This happened after Helen Zille tweeted about her admiration for aspects of colonialism. The problem is that this argument is based on a rather crude and uninformed view of the nature of free speech in a democracy.