Cities and towns in several other African nations including Ghana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Ivory Coast have been plagued by water shortages in recent months, manifestations of a global supply squeeze brought on by drought, population growth, urbanization and insufficient investment in dams and other infrastructure.
Joe Biden has begun telling some supporters that he’s making plans to jump into the 2020 Democratic race, which he’d enter as the front-runner in a diverse field of candidates vying to challenge President Donald Trump, a person familiar with the conversations said.
Africa’s richest woman secured a fresh mandate as board member of Angola’s biggest telecommunications company when shareholders met Tuesday to discuss corporate governance in the wake of legal action by one of the firm’s biggest investors.
For China, which is hoping to dominate the NEV industry globally, this should be a warning. The government’s focus on quantity over quality isn’t sustainable. If China wants to win the electric-car race, it needs to refocus on the concerns of drivers.
Lyft built itself into a fierce challenger to Uber partly through aggressive price cutting. Now investors who want a piece of America’s second-largest ride-hailing company will likely need to pay a premium when the stock starts trading next week.
STEINHOFF IN PARLIAMENT: Top eight culprits in biggest corporate fraud named, including Jooste and La Grange; Hawks still badly behind
Former Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste and former CFO Ben la Grange, who had told MPs they knew nothing of accounting irregularities that led to the company’s share value collapsing, are named in the PwC forensic audit among eight individuals implicated in fictitious and irregular transactions of over €6-billion.
Later in 2019, the New York Stock Exchange will see the first listing of an African technology company to be valued at more than $1-billion, a real, actual dinkum unicorn. The company, Jumia, is Nigeria-based and is known as the African Amazon since it is primarily an e-commerce business. But is it a good investment?
For the first time in the democratic era, the leading political parties have turned to young people, placed them on election lists, and staked the country’s future on them. This is a good thing, right? Well, not necessarily so. There is no hard and fast rule that youthfulness amounts to insightfulness, far-sightedness, tolerance, understanding, deference, humility and, well, wisdom.
Between 2007 and 2013, more than 6,000 pension funds in South Africa were cancelled in a process littered with errors and oversights. Today, Open Secrets has written to five of the country’s largest pension fund administrators to demand swift action to reinstate pension funds that have been incorrectly cancelled. This is the first of many necessary steps of ensuring accountability for a shameful decade in pension fund administration that has harmed many vulnerable pensioners.
OP-ED: Children have the right to protest: South African legal activists make submissions to United Nations
The right to freely assemble, demonstrate and collectively express our views is vitally important in any democracy. In South Africa, historically and at present, this right is for many citizens the most accessible means to collectively express their demands, concerns or anger on the issues of the day. However, as a society, we underestimate the importance of this right to our children.
We celebrate Human Rights Day on 21 March. On this public holiday when people will be taking a break from their regular activities – perhaps visiting friends, catching up on sleep or doing chores – how many of us will pause to reflect on why we have a day like this at all?
Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, once the world’s richest person, has again eclipsed the $100 billion threshold, joining Amazon.com Inc.’s Jeff Bezos in the exclusive club, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Karl Marx’s demand to bring the vote to the working class came from the six-point People’s Charter of 1838, with its supporters known as Chartists. The name Freedom Charter probably came from this source. Given the issue of electoral reform which has now surfaced in South Africa, it is helpful for voters to read about the history of Chartism.
There are worrying signs that Namibia’s legendary wild game numbers may be plummeting. Four years ago the Namibian Professional Hunters Association raised an alarm about the lack of huntable elephant bulls in the Caprivi region, where the number of communal conservancies had grown from one in 1997 to 15 today.
Political analysts and academics Amanda Gouws, Judith February and Lukas Muntingh gathered on Tuesday 19 March to discuss how endemic corruption is, what political parties propose to do about it in their election manifestos and why the electoral system needs to change.
A succinct look at the ANC parliamentary list suggests that some kind of deal must have been concluded between CR, the President of the ANC and Ace, the secretary-general. You get to decide who the party includes on the list to Parliament, Comrade Ace, and I in return have carte blanche about putting my Cabinet together post the election.
The ANC lists are evidence of the poisoned Nasrec chalice, of the fact that Ramaphosa’s Nasrec unity mandate should have been read all along not as building a united ANC under the banner of a cleaned-up party, but rather of an ANC that cannot clean itself up.
Muhammad Khalid Sayed: OPINIONISTA: The ANC brings an accomplished pool of experience to govern the Western Cape
The ANC, especially in the Western Cape, has studied elections the globe over and found President Cyril Ramaphosa’s message to be an important one for these elections: let us work together to grow South Africa.
South Africa needs a justice-based capital punishment, which should come with an automatic appeal process to ensure that if the death penalty is implemented, it is to deserving offenders and it will only apply to repeat offenders.
South Africa: March on Parliament: New union protests against ‘unfair’ promotion of less experienced cops
A new police union is calling for a re-look at the promotions of newer police officers over experienced cops who have worked within the SAPS for more than 10 years. At a march on Tuesday, they gave the police ministry seven days to rectify the situation.
Eskom’s implementation of Stage 4 load shedding is affecting more than the power supply. Johannesburg Water has warned residents that if power outages continued there was an increased likelihood that the taps could run dry. The City added that the municipality’s ageing infrastructure takes strain whenever the national grid is rebooted.
Land Reform: Wine farmers apply for an interdict against Black First Land First over land occupation
A number of farm owners in the Western Cape have banded together to lodge an interdict against Black First Land First (BLF) to prevent it from occupying their land. The political party has called for black people to occupy white-owned land as a means to advance land reform. It feels that parliamentarians have failed to redress the spatial injustices of apartheid and are seeking radical change ahead of the 2019 elections.
The decision by the parliament’s upper chamber Tuesday in the capital, Abuja, came after the House of Representatives approved a report to this effect in January. It will still need President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent before becoming law.
Last week South Africa’s Electoral Commission (also colloquially referred to as the IEC) announced that it will not prohibit the fringe group, Black First Land First (BLF), from contesting the upcoming election, despite the fact that its constitution makes clear that only “black” people are allowed to join the party. The Freedom Front Plus (VF+), a slightly larger fringe group who represents the interests of far-right 'white' voters, is challenging the legality of this decision. Some might say this is a match made in heaven. But what are the chances of the VF+ winning this legal battle?
At a press conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Eskom’s top officials attempted to take South Africa into their confidence about the electricity crisis currently causing Stage 4 load shedding. Amid a deluge of technical information, one point was clear: nobody can predict when the situation will stabilise.
Op-Ed: Twenty-five years of democracy (Part 5): Xenophobia repudiates foundational values of democratic South Africa
Xenophobia causes harm and sometimes deaths of foreign nationals. It is more than this, insofar as it runs against the main values that drove the struggle for liberation in South Africa. Xenophobic statements are now part of election manifestos. Those wanting to retrieve the emancipatory vision, that inspired democratic transition, need to think afresh after the May elections, to rebuild this.
Representatives from drought-stricken communities gathered for a non-violent mass action calling for the media to end climate change denialism. Community members also shared their lived experience with the South African National Editors Forum and the Press Council asking for coverage of climate change challenges, its severity on rural biodiversities and to report on alternative means of food production.
An investigation into an allegedly fraudulent transaction by Steinhoff International Holdings NV is at an advanced stage, South Africa’s Serious Commercial Crime Investigation unit said in a presentation to be delivered to lawmakers in Cape Town on Tuesday.
Newsdeck: Prasa Show and Tell: Ramaphosa’s campaign trip whistles to a stop in commuter rail debacle
Prasa has suspended four high-ranking officials on corruption allegations. Days later, a ‘technical glitch’ saw President Cyril Ramaphosa stranded on a stalled commuter train, turning a 45-minute trip on Monday morning into an almost three-hour journey.