French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed support for "strong multilateralism" in Ottawa Wednesday before the G7 summit, where US President Donald Trump's aggressive trade policies are sure to raise hackles.
SHIVAMBU – MOMONIAT CONTRETEMPS: ‘His contribution is second to none’: Former comrades defend Treasury’s Momoniat after EFF slurs
Treasury official Ismail Momoniat had been ‘part of a cabal that divided the Mass Democratic Movement’ during apartheid, a defiant Floyd Shivambu charged on Wednesday, as others leapt to Momoniat’s defence. The EFF, meanwhile, was dismissive of Momoniat’s ‘exaggerated Struggle credentials’. But this, said one ardent academic supporter, was ‘absolute bollocks’.
Over the past few weeks, the need to tackle the governance challenge in South Africa has become increasingly obvious. From patients sent home to die from hospitals in North West or the release of the Auditor-General’s report on the state of municipal governance, it has become clear that urgent intervention is required.
In the past few weeks there have been discussions on social media on who the Cape Town International Airport should be named after. There is a view by the ANC that it should be named after our first democratic president, Nelson Mandela. Which gets one thinking whether the ANC does not recognise all of its fallen heroes and heroines if everything in this country is named after Nelson Mandela. We have roads that are named after him, a municipality in the Eastern Cape and even our bank notes have his face on them.
Instead of doing the hard work of fixing South Africa’s education system, the political leadership in Gauteng focuses on sideshows to capture headlines. Getting hands dirty and building a foundation for the future of South Africa’s children may not get headlines, but it will put the province and country on to a path of sustainable prosperity.
Parliament: Mkhwebane no-show: Public protector protects herself from inquiry, citing ‘unforeseen family emergency’
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is manoeuvring through controversies like a cat with nine lives – and in her absence due to an “unforeseen family emergency” MPs on Wednesday, again, kicked for touch a decision on an inquiry into her removal from office.
Community Works Programme in Turmoil: CoGTA in the Works: Department’s irregularity-riddled tender awards exposed
An urgent application that came before the Pretoria High Court in April reveals that the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs may be fiddling with the most important public employment programme in the country. Given that the tenders for the 2018-2021 Community Work Programme are reported to be valued at upwards of R4-billion, this, at best, is cause for concern. At worst, it is indicative of a fraud that compares in size, scope and societal damage to the heyday of State Capture.
With the recent announcement of July 30 2018 as the election date, Zimbabwe is less than two months away from crucial polls that are expected to restore political legitimacy following the military-led ousting of Robert Mugabe in November 2017. There are six make-or-break issues that will singularly and collectively determine whether Zimbabwe’s upcoming elections will be free, fair and credible.
South Africa is stuck. We are stuck between creating business confidence and expropriating land. We are stuck between the Jacob Zuma sunset and the Cyril Ramaphosa new dawn. We are stuck between our chequered past of injustice and our desired future of prosperity and inclusion. So how do we create a fair deal in the President’s so-called “new dawn”?
OP-ED: Strengthening Referrals: Step One to addressing the challenges of Conscientious Objection in abortion services
This past week has been a crucial one for women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights and abortion. Last Monday marked the International Day of Action for Women’s Health – a day when we need to stand up for women’s health, including reproductive rights and access to safe and legal abortion. There is a need for a stronger referral system to improve access to safe abortion services in the country.
The DNA of racist, anti-Indian statements by EFF (Economic Freedom Fighters) chief whip, Floyd Shivambu to Parliament's finance committee this week can be traced back to the late 1980s and the UDF (United Democratic Front's) and MDM (Mass Democratic Movement's) response to allegations of kidnapping and murder involving Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. But with the potential return of former High Risk Intervention Unit (HRIU) members to SARS and investigations into Commander-in-Chief Julius Malema's tax affairs, as well as the party's links to big tobacco funders, the attack seems much more calculated. There are several legs to the EFF's smoke and mirrors.
In 2017, 504 rhinos were poached from the Kruger National Park. Announcing a breakthrough on Tuesday, the Hawks said two accused, alleged to be kingpins in the movement of rhino horn out of the country, were arrested. The arrests were the culmination of a two-year investigation.
Refugee Centre: Home Affairs ‘treats us like dogs’, say foreign nationals desperate for residency papers
With more than 1.7 million foreigners living in South Africa one would expect that the government would have a smooth operation to document and assist foreign nationals. A visit to the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office indicates otherwise.