The World Health Organisation has many laudable achievements under its belt. However, it has grown fat, lazy and ineffective. It tries to legislate individual lifestyles, scares people unnecessarily about cancer, and excludes people on political grounds.
An application alleging corrupt abuse and theft from the MKMVA Trust Fund was upheld by Judge Brian Mashile, changing the balance of forces among MK veterans and representing a significant weakening of the power structure within the ANC upholding former President Zuma.
Robyn Wolfson Vorster: Another Minister arrives, another May passes – and still no social welfare subsidies
Another May, a different minister, but once again the Department of Social Development has missed its deadline for negotiating the Service Level Agreements required to maintain the continuity of payments to NGOs who care for the country’s most vulnerable: children, the aged, the disabled, the mentally challenged, as well as Early Childhood Development Centres. Worse, in Gauteng, delays were the result of new stringent measures apparently designed to avoid another Life Esidimeni disaster.
In places ranging from Sweden to South Africa people wonder if education state failure couldn’t be solved by the market – most recently in a column by Ivo Vegter proclaiming that “vouchers and low-fee private schools can save SA’s woeful education system”. These debates tend to be as predictable as they are unproductive. And yet, beyond conversations that often rehash a personal preference on what ought to be done, there is a meaningful conversation to be had with fewer easy answers but much richer information.
What is the possibility to find peace in this beautiful country; in a strife-torn world? Can South Africa become a society at peace with itself? Being aware of our deep wounding is a very important first step in order to quell destructive behaviour.
It would be a terrible legacy for the fifth Parliament to leave behind if it has failed to hold its own members accountable and allowed members of Parliament to escape the scrutiny and accountability they demand of others. This would also render the code of ethical conduct for members toothless and only serve to further erode the public trust in the institution of Parliament.
If the Sassa/CPS/Net1 social grants saga were a Hollywood heist movie, former Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, would be a shoo-in for the role of the driver of the getaway car. With CPS pleading poverty and near-ruin, the likelihood of the company repaying to SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) a R316-million windfall it received from former Sassa CEO Virginia Petersen seems remote. Will White Monopoly Capital ride off into the sunset with bulging saddle bags?
President Cyril Ramaphosa was at his most charming on Wednesday evening as he joined members of Cape Town’s Muslim community for a Ramadan dinner and prayers. Promising to address issues ranging from gentrification to the Muslim Marriages Act, Ramaphosa again made it clear: the ANC is dead serious about winning back the Western Cape in 2019.
If ever there was a car capable of propelling Volvo from being an alternative, left-of-centre brand into the premium mainstream, it’s the new XC40. Linking chunky, arresting styling and head-turning presence to a designer interior and sure-footed dynamics, the XC40 should have its rivals worried.
Nothing for Money: Dire straits for municipalities as their deposits in VBS mutual bank may be unrecoverable
The financial mess of some of South Africa’s already dysfunctional municipalities is deepening – their deposits with VBS Mutual Bank totalling some R1.5-billion may be unrecoverable, Parliament’s finance committee heard on Wednesday. It’s bad news just days after a scathing local government finance report by the auditor-general in which lack of political leadership, consequence management and internal controls were again highlighted.
With roughly a year to go until national elections, predictions of how the various parties will do are often centred on how a new leader will help the ANC, or how the current DA problems will affect their performance, and how the disappearance of Jacob Zuma from the presidency will impact on the EFF’s prospects. However, there are many indications that the ANC may well go into the 2019 elections less unified than it has ever been before such an important poll.
The failure to secure the property rights of rural communities shows a clear policy gap between citizens and rights to land as per the Constitution and the attitude and practices of the state, traditional leaders, white farmers and mining companies in relation to such rights.
Cash-in-transit heists are worthy of being prioritised. But we should also be aware that by doing so, we are reinforcing an already entrenched pattern in terms of which the crimes that have the most impact on the upper classes and the elite business sector are prioritised above those impacting on the poor.
Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association leader Kebby Maphatsoe failed to administer a trust meant to benefit MK veterans, a court has ruled. For the former soldiers who took on the deputy minister, it confirms long-standing allegations of graft and incompetence.
Mmusi Maimane believes Cyril Ramaphosa's youth jobs plan to create a million jobs in three years is a pipe-dream that would, at current rates take 50 years to achieve. He made the comments while visiting the closed Johannesburg Labour Centre.