by Javier TOVAR Rescuers used dogs and helicopters to search for victims on Wednesday of powerful mudslides which left at least 15 people dead in a southern California community that is also home to major celebrities including Oprah Winfrey.
When South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa stands up to give his first January 8th Statement as leader of the ANC, he will face a set of contradicting issues. To give a better presentation, something both more meaningful and more engaging, than his two predecessors is not terribly difficult, but there are also high expectations in the long-suffering society which he may not be able to meet. On top of it, much has already changed since Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma lost the ANC’s leadership contest, and much more is still likely to change over the next few weeks and months. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
The embattled power utility is forging ahead with flimsy case against Suzanne Daniels, its head of legal and compliance and, coincidentally, the insider who demanded the Gupta linked Trillian Capital Partners and US firm McKinsey pay back R1.6-billion. By JESSICA BEZUIDENHOUT.
Despite the hype, and as promised, President Jacob Zuma’s recall wasn’t discussed at the first meeting of the ANC’s newly-elected national executive committee in East London, ahead of the party’s 106th birthday rally. Still, many in the province are already looking to ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa as the new authority. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Wednesday welcomed President Jacob Zuma's announcement that he would establish a commission of inquiry into state capture. She called for the terms of reference to be as broad as possible, which was welcomed by some, but also raises concerns. By GREG NICOLSON.
Bitcoin is now a ubiquitous conversation piece at dinner parties (even the fun types the authors are not invited to), having evolved from a fringe topic reserved for tech enthusiasts. It is a tech-heavy topic, often subject to hysteria or dismissal. What’s the less biased view of its investment potential? By DANIEL POLAKOW, NICO KATZKE and ONNO HUYSER.
“A modest recovery” in South Africa’s economy for 2018 has been projected by the World Bank. However, policy uncertainty threatens growth in the long run – and South Africa still lags behind the rest of the region. By NKATEKO MABASA.
In October 2017, the Department of Basic Education published the Basic Education Laws Amendment Act (BELA). BELA proposes to amend the South African Schools Act, and the Employment of Educators Act – which, if accepted, will have far-reaching implications for schools. By FARANAAZ VERIAVA and THABANG POOE.
After all the hype and expectations, none of the controversial issues formally made it to the agenda of the first meeting of the ANC’s newly-elected national executive committee in East London on Wednesday, including the possible recall of President Jacob Zuma. For now, the focus will be on making a success of the party’s birthday rally on Saturday, but even in getting this right there could be some sticking points. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
The implication that monopoly capital is somehow ‘white’ and that this profoundly imprecise colour coding shapes the logic of capital accumulation in post-1994 South Africa is inherently racist, and even the ANC now acknowledges this. White Monopoly Capital contributes nothing analytically. But it does offer a lens through which to see connections between the understandings and strategies that shaped the SACP, the Cosatu and the non-SACP Left for more than half a century.
Cape Town - Patricia de Lille has hit back at those calling for her removal as mayor, saying their actions do not represent the City of Cape Town, and show they are pushing to get rid of her to replace her with a party member of their choice.