The politics of water in times of scarcity is not about counting ever-evaporating cubic metres of dam water, as important as this is, but the creeping annihilation of South Africa’s fragile social fabric and economic sustainability. From Cape Town to Ugu in KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape’s Butterworth and the dusty streets of water-limited councils in the Free State, North West and elsewhere, official paralysis amid political brinkmanship is the order of the day. While the well-off try to buy their way out, be it through boreholes or stockpiling, no one is immune from the impact of social and economic conflict. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
As 2017 drew to a close and the ANC’s 54th national conference approached, it became clear that it no longer was an issue of if but rather of how and when President Jacob Zuma would go. Now that the new leadership – under ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa – has had its first meeting, that plan is taking shape. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
In the month since Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was elected leader of the ANC (by only 179 votes), the most important question has been around the solidity of his mandate. For the ANC, and South Africa, everything else flows from that: whether Jacob Zuma can remain as president, whether corruption will truly end, what deputy ANC leader David Mabuza and ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule can, and will, actually do; all these crucial, tectonic plate level issues get resolved once the answer to the underlying question is known. It appears that the answer is becoming well known. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
Towards the end of last week the City of Cape Town announced that at the current rate the taps will run dry in Cape Town on 21 April and that it would soon announce the City’s 200 water collection points. These are central locations that can be secured with riot police and include places such as sports fields and schools. The mayor has explained that after 21 April “citizens would line up to receive up to 25 litres of water per person, with a separate queue for the differently abled. Prior to filling their vessels, each person would be given a dose of hand sanitiser.” I’m sorry, but, What. The. Hell?! By NIC SPAULL.
US embassy and consul offices in South Africa will begin to shut down their activities on Monday, unless the US Congress succeeds in a last-ditch effort to pass a budget late on Sunday night, to restart government activities. If not, all but essential US nationals working for embassy offices in South Africa will be sent home on unpaid leave, like tens of thousands of US government officials in the US and across the world. By PETER FABRICIUS.
How do we create a generation of young women who know their rights and young men who are less likely than their fathers to raise their fists? The Department of Basic Education believes we can learn from Sweden, and introduce comprehensive sexuality education in schools to teach pupils about gender inequality, power and violence, writes HEALTH-E NEWS’ Amy Green.
The world's richest one percent raked in 82 percent of the wealth created last year while the poorest half of the population received none, Oxfam said Monday, as the world's elite prepared to mingle at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
After being elected as the 13th ANC president, Cyril Ramaphosa’s plate is full to the brim with an unpalatable and unappetising dinner. Can he chew all on his plate at the same time? Only time will tell. His task of cleaning the government, the state and the ANC appears straightforward but it is actually complex and requires a systemic and systematic approach.
The well-being of Cape Town residents matters a great deal to the DA, and I want to assure South Africans that we are dealing with concerns surrounding Mayor Patricia De Lille’s leadership as swiftly and fairly as possible. We want to achieve the outcome that is best for the people of Cape Town and we remain committed to clean, accountable government. We are extremely mindful of the need to respond effectively and decisively to the Cape drought.