by Cyril JULIEN The girlfriend of the Las Vegas shooter said Wednesday she had no idea he was planning the attack, describing her boyfriend as a "quiet, caring man" as President Donald Trump declared the United States a nation in mourning.
With just 10-and-a-half weeks to go until the ANC conference in December, the air is thick with predictions. Some believe Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has built sufficient momentum and that his train will keep on rolling on. Others, sometimes with very little evidence, believe that there is simply no way President Jacob Zuma can lose, and so Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is a shoo-in. In the middle are the predictions that the ANC will tear itself apart, or that a judge will have to make a final decision, or that the organisation will come to its senses and install a compromise candidate. It is important to consider what evidence we have before making predictions, because, as the banking adverts put it, “past performance is no guarantee of future results”. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
As the battle over the third Mining Charter continues, the Chamber of Mines is directly criticising Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane who, despite his public pronouncements, appears to have no appetite for a negotiated settlement. By GREG NICOLSON.
Reporter’s Parliamentary Notebook: Lynne Brown confident as annual report season raises governance issues
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has staked her reputational recovery on a Special Investigation Unit (SIU) probe into Eskom’s dodgy dealings highlighted in the #GuptaLeaks emails. This probe, coming as it does in the wake of several other investigations, can’t start until President Jacob Zuma signs the required proclamation. But Brown on Wednesday told MPs she was “quite pleased about the SIU issue” and “comfortable” about the power utility’s annual report despite ballooning irregular expenditure. The 2017 annual report season in Parliament is raising serious questions over the state of governance. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
Despite the fights at leadership level, the decision of who will be president of the ANC will ultimately lie with the branches. This is in line with a new nominations process set out in a 40-page document entitled simply “Nomination Process” and adopted at an ANC NEC meeting last month. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
This weekend, the Western Cape congress of the Democratic Alliance will decide on an individual to take one of the party’s top spots: leadership of the party in the only province governed by the DA. Whoever wins will have a good chance of succeeding Helen Zille as Western Cape Premier in 2019. Wednesday brought the news that this is now a two-horse race, with the third contender ruled ineligible due to a technicality. By REBECCA DAVIS.
Considering that over eight million people have visited UNESCO World Heritage site the Robben Island Museum in the past 20 years, the near sinking of a chartered passenger vessel, the Thandi, and the emergency evacuation of around 70 passengers on 15 September is an anomaly. But it has highlighted a problem that has plagued the museum since it first opened to the public in 1997 – to get the some 350,000 visitors per annum safely on and off the island. On Wednesday members of the museum executive and the South African Maritime Authority briefed the Western Cape Provincial Parliament’s Standing Committee on Economic Opportunities on the incident. By MARIANNE THAMM.
There are three phrases to avoid acute water shortages. The City of Cape Town is currently in Phase 1, with water rationing through extreme pressure reduction. If rationing and savings are not successful, we risk entering Phase 2, which is a disaster stage followed by Phase 3, the extreme disaster phase, where the city would be incapable of drawing water from its surface dams. By City of Cape Town executive mayor PATRICIA DE LILLE.
Former Malawi president Joyce Banda’s controversial Farm Input Loan Programme continues to be a millstone around the neck of the current government, with about $62-million (46-billion kwacha) still owed to four foreign fertiliser suppliers three years after the programme was scrapped. By Wongani Msowoya for AMABHUNGANE.
Botswana’s Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Eric Molale, is quarrying gravel at his farming business seemingly without first seeking an industrial minerals permit, the INK Centre for Investigative Journalism has established. By Joel Konopo for INK.
The prerogative that government must be accountable is enshrined in the Constitution (see section 34 in Chapter 2: Bill of Rights). However, a disturbing new trend when it comes to advertising for tenders has been observed that is clearly being used by state entities to reduce accountability. By MARK TOWNSEND.
The collapse of the criminal justice system has turned us into the Rambo Nation. There’s little reason to be compliant when there’s growing evidence that fewer and fewer of our fellow citizens feel any compelling need to engage in this essential social contract.
The South African economy is in a state of paralysis that requires our urgent attention. Without a joint effort from all South Africans, it will be near impossible to realise the rapid economic recovery that is needed to once again experience the economic growth rates necessary to address persistent high unemployment, poverty, high income inequality and to fund government’s infrastructure development programme.
No one decides to flee his or her country of origin for trivial reasons. Most refugees only seek asylum in a foreign country when they are desperate. But refugees are seldom welcomed with open arms by the government and the people of the country they flee to. As a recent Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment demonstrates, our government is no exception.