Hanging around social media and just life in general you realise that even allies disappoint. Regularly. Someone who understands race and white supremacy doesn’t necessarily get feminism, or vice versa. So we thought we’d put together a handy guide of things woke male feminists should know and live by.
South Africa has been avidly watching one of the world’s strangest political campaigns ever to grip a democratic country. People have been criss-crossing the land, making strange claims and suggesting that the sky will fall in (or worse … remain as it is) should someone else get elected. And yet some of the arguments advanced are specious. One of the most heard is that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa must become the new leader of the ANC “because it is ANC tradition” that the deputy becomes the leader. In a campaign of weak arguments, this is surely one of the weakest. Yet, that it is made at all illustrates the strange world inhabited by the ANC’s candidates. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
Capetonians – at least those who can afford it – need to get used to stockpiling bottled water. This is part of the “new normal” announced by the City of Cape Town this week as it implements Phase One of its water crisis plans. But while there’s now no doubt as to the severity of Cape Town’s water problem, there is still considerable vagueness from the City as to how and when its plans are being applied. By REBECCA DAVIS.
Thanks to an electronic monitoring device that went missing, Dineo Kgatle spent 26 months behind bars for doing nothing wrong. In a ruling that could see a precedent-setting damages claim, his arrest and incarceration have been declared unlawful. By CAROLYN RAPHAELY for the Wits Justice Project.
Acting Chief Procurement Officer Willie Mathebula proclaimed his office’s automated supplier register as “quite an achievement”, but was evasive regarding the review of contracts at SAA. The official list of reviews of contracts worth more than R10-million presented to finance committee MPs included troubled state-owned entities Eskom and Prasa alongside the SABC. SAA slipped in during questions by Parliament’s finance committee. That’s not unsurprising as the national airline received R5.2-billion in government bailouts in the past three months. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
Both South Africa and the United States experienced mass shootings recently. Eleven young black men were shot and killed in Marikana, Phillipi East, an informal settlement 25km from Cape Town on Friday 29 September; on Sunday 1 October 59 concert-goers attending a country music festival in Las Vegas were gunned down. While worlds apart, in more ways than one, both mass-shootings have three things in common. By PETER STOREY and ADELE KIRSTEN.
The Independent Electoral Commission has to collect addresses for all 26-million registered voters before the 2019 elections. It has made strides, suggesting a lack of addresses on the roll won’t curtail the vote, but it still has to update seven million voters’ details. The appointment of Sy Mamabolo as chief electoral officer is likely to help the IEC maintain its perception of integrity. By GREG NICOLSON.
The University of Johannesburg still has a long way to go in addressing its racial makeup to more accurately reflect the population of South Africa, but it has made significant strides in improving gender imbalances among its academics. This was revealed when senior management appeared at hearings into gender transformation at institutions of higher learning this week. By PUSELETSO NTHATE.
Government officials launched a mega housing and development project in the East Rand area on Tuesday. The launch of the multi-million project brought smiles to the faces of many who have been living in squalor for years, but just not enough to dispel doubt that promises will be delivered. By BHEKI C SIMELANE.
The new enemy in South Africa is corruption. This is not the time to be silent. Have we lost our backbone? What is the spark that will light up your fire – that will make you stand up and be counted and be among the guardians of our interests?
It’s a common fact that there are two sides to the corruption coin. The Payer – very often government with its huge chequebook – and the Payee, generally businesses in the private sector that supply goods and services to government. Corruption is not a one-sided affair. This dance needs two players and the more skilful the dancers, the more they are able to cream from the Treasury trough.