On July 18th 2018, Nelson Mandela would have turned 100. But on this centenary of his birth, many young South Africans are questioning his legacy and the compromises he made with the white Apartheid government when he was elected as the first black president of democratic South Africa. Who better to give the 16th annual Nelson Mandela Foundation lecture than the first black president of the United States, Barack Obama?
On Thursday morning the DA hosted a march from one of the gang hotspots on the Cape Flats to Nyanga, the “murder capital of the country”, calling on the minister of police to #SendTheArmy to gang-infested areas. It didn’t take long before gang violence in the Western Cape turned into a political football between the DA and the ANC.
Dynamite comes in small packages – and the Clio RS 18 F1 is a good case in point. What started out as a humble runabout has been transformed into a fiery hatch with very real performance credentials. But is its talent set broad enough to allow for everyday motoring, too?
Pierre De Vos: Why the failure of Presidents Zuma and Ramaphosa to deal with the Secrecy Bill is constitutionally delinquent
Several years ago (way back in 2013) Parliament passed the Protection of State Information Bill (widely known as the Secrecy Bill). For some bizarre reason, President Jacob Zuma did not ever sign the Bill into law. But not assenting to and signing a Bill into law constitutes an egregious power grab – because the president does not have a right to veto legislation that has been passed by Parliament.
While Thabo Mbeki was turning the first sod at a new hotel in ultra-posh Houghton at the home in which Nelson Mandela lived between 1992 and 1998, others were going about their daily business in the rural Eastern Cape without the slightest sign that on the occasion of the centenary of Mandela’s birth they could give a damn.
Lawyers for education advocacy group Equal Education say that if government does not comply with its legal requirement to provide safe and dignified schools for South African learners, the next step could be a class action lawsuit. This comes after a high court ruling on Thursday which does away with the government’s excuses for not fixing school infrastructure.
Last month the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) published the long-awaited Climate Change Bill for comment. Although legislative action on the pressing and complex issue of climate change is imperative, in its current form, the bill won’t get us where we need to be: a climate-resilient country that complies with international climate commitments, with near zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.
At the recent 15 year anniversary celebration of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, the guest speaker, Graça Machel spoke about the corrupting effects of power, and urged the audience of youthful African leaders to remain rooted to their values and stay close to their communities. This idea of power and how power ought to be used responsibly, took my mind back to 10 years ago, when I first had the opportunity to meet Nelson Mandela. He taught me, indirectly, an important lesson about power.
Do we live in a patriarchal society? Is it something that is entrenched? Women feel that in order to be heard they have to act like a man and men feel like they have to play the rules of the game. These seven professionals unpack the patriarchy and how it impacts their daily lives. This weighty subject will be unpacked further in following episodes.
When we talk about South Africa’s inequality, there are some characteristics that don’t quite mirror global patterns of wealth and income distribution. Contemporary South Africa has been described as a country with extreme inequality and we are, in fact, a total outlier in terms of income inequality.
SELF-INFLICTED POLITICAL TONE-DEAFNESS: Cape Town’s tariffs are at the expense of the working and middle classes
The DA is grabbing deep into the pockets of the working and middle classes in Cape Town, with regressive water and electricity charges that effectively let off the hook the wealthy seaside and leafy suburbs – never mind giving even the smallest nod to social justice in a city widely regarded as the most unequal and divided in South Africa.
Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Thursday said efforts to reclaim the state have run into counter-offensives by “State Capture forces” determined to keep open their access to state funds. This comes as Public Works is recovering R1.2-billion worth of graft, including R296,913,000 for non-existing parking bays. Also under scrutiny now are 684 questionable appointments made over just four months at the state’s property manager, which is responsible for 92,000 buildings. The battle at Public Works illustrates that rooting out corruption and patronage is a long game.
Daily Maverick Interview: Prasa’s Khanyisile Kweyama won’t let kidnapping and hijacking derail her resolve to fix the rot
Three months after being appointed chairperson of the interim board of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA, Khanyisile Kweyama was hijacked and kidnapped in Johannesburg. Seemingly undeterred, in an interview, “Madam Fix It” told Daily Maverick how she plans to crack down on supply chain rule-breakers and getting Prasa functioning efficiently again.
The man who has been placed at the centre of allegations of State Capture, former Director-General of State Security, Arthur Fraser, had prompted a constitutional crisis and had to go, according to President Cyril Ramaphosa in an affidavit to the Gauteng High Court.