It was a good weekend for supporters of the ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa after his camp scored a major victory in the Eastern Cape. It was a not-so-good weekend for the ANC as a whole, however, as the blood that was spilt on the provincial conference floor attested. The “outside interests” blamed for this could be closer to the centre than is possible for the organisation to handle. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
Earlier in 2017, the SECTION27 executive director announced that he would be stepping down. Heywood was executive director of the Aids Law Project, co-founder of Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), served on the South African National Aids Council and has spent the last few years fighting inequality in education. His own education was a mixture of British boarding school, Trotsky and the Sex Pistols. While he’s still at SECTION27, he spoke to MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
Over the weekend the ANC in the Eastern Cape attempted to hold a conference and elect a leader. It was always going to be a highly contested gathering. With just a couple of months to go until the elective conference in December, this was to be a weather vane to help us to predict what could happen come year’s end. In the end the conference was marred by violence and disruptions. Then, the candidate who supported Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in the strongest way won. Then, the delegates who lost lodged papers in court asking for the result to be declared null and void. This conference may well have given us a much more detailed road map of the national conference than we were expecting. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
Despite the fact that the possibility of accelerating development and growth in Africa ultimately differs from country to country, it is nonetheless apparent that the majority of countries on the continent require similar reforms in a variety of general political, social and judicial areas. In fact, there is hardly a sector that is not in need of reforms – planning, infrastructure, education, regulation, judicial, the war against corruption, industrialisation, taxation, funding, and many more are all crying out for change. The difficulty, however, lies in determining the priorities and indeed the possibility of change. By DANIEL PINHASSI.
Jazz lovers from around the country descended on the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg over the weekend as the 20th edition of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz got under way. Crowds were treated to a variety of artists who performed on four stages. Highlights included performances by jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim and Malian superstar Salif Keita. IHSAAN HAFFEJEE photographed the event.
Female sex workers are more likely to be victimised, raped and killed than other women at the hands of both police and clients, report activists. But as long as sex work remains illegal in South Africa individuals are left at the mercy of a system that dehumanises them. Any conversation or initiatives on gender-based violence and rape needs the input of sex workers: one of the most vulnerable communities, reports HEALTH-E’s Amy Green.
If KPMG is starring in its role as the whipping boy of all things wrong with the audit profession, then it is important not to lose sight of the fact that there are other large audit firms whose conduct has and continues to do the reputation of the profession no favours.
The racially charged incident between Jacaranda's Tumi Morake, Afriforum, Solidarity and an Afrikaner cabal has once again reminded black South Africans that we remain strangers before them, sojourners, as were all our fathers.