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.
Last week the Supreme Court of Appeal declined to consider a challenge to an order by the High Court that the record of former President Jacob Zuma’s decision to fire former finance minister Pravin Gordhan must be handed over to the Democratic Alliance. The DA has abandoned its challenge to Gordhan’s removal and is therefore no longer seeking the ‘fake intelligence report’ with which Zuma reportedly justified that ill-fated decision. But is it wise for courts ever to get involved in matters such as the appointment and firing of Cabinet ministers?
During Child Protection Week 2018, the #IAM campaign aimed to name the child victims of violence across the country, and tell their stories. But as the shocking accounts of some of the country’s child murder victims and countless others whose lives were devastated by rape and abuse filled the media, it became clear that there was a group of children largely unrepresented by the narratives.
The bottom line is that there is no entirely satisfactory way to protect the poor from the VAT increase. And that draws attention to a larger procedural issue about the constitutionality of current legislation (the VAT Act) that allows the Minister of Finance to effectively impose a VAT increase without public consultation or parliamentary approval.
Fifty years ago, on 8 June 1968, Robert F. Kennedy, the brother of John F. Kennedy, was assassinated after winning the California primary during the presidential campaign. Although an American politician, his influence wasn’t limited to the United States. As such, it’s worth revisiting his “Ripple of Hope” speech given at the University of Cape Town, the bulk of which advocated for a liberal worldview underpinned by our common humanity.
PARLIAMENT: Register of Members’ Interests: Baleka Mbete fails to disclose Speaker’s Ball sponsorship – and one in ten didn’t submit at all
National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete had no disclosure to make regarding the 2017 Speaker’s Ball as she did not receive or benefit from any sponsorship because it was hosted by a “private individual” to celebrate women’s leadership. That’s according to Parliament following this week’s release of the latest Register of Members’ Interests that publicly records parliamentarians’ financial interests, including sponsorships, benefits, shares, gifts and hospitality, pensions, properties and trusts. But with effectively one in 10 parliamentarians having failed to disclose, questions arise about compliance. Yet the 2017 register includes one MP who died in 2014.
Over the last few years, the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has been torn apart and driven into to the ground by the Jacob Zuma-esque effect on its political dynamics. This weekend, they will again try to pick up and put together the pieces and rebuild the once mighty ANC provincial force by re-running their ANC conference and trying to elect legitimate leaders. But the Zuma factor lingers – overshadowing any attempt, or chance, of success in starting with a clean slate.
Small car specialist Suzuki has replaced its most successful seller, the Swift, with an all-new model. Rather than trying to fix something that isn’t broken, the newcomer continues where the old one left off. But it faces some stiff competition …
A Tale of Two Summits: While the Big Kids play in Canada, will Donald duck out to focus on meeting young Kim?
Canada is poised to host this year’s G7 meeting, but the gathering will take place amid the ongoing wreckage Donald Trump is exacting on the global trading system and economic relationships. And it is all happening as Trump’s attention is finally focused like a wavering laser beam on his upcoming meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.
Stardust and confetti. Cellphones ringing. And silence. You might think you’re at a wedding under a starlit sky. But stardust and confetti are how a man describes the aftermath of a suicide bomber blowing himself up. The cellphones are hidden in a “hill” of human bodies in the “pit” at a theatre. They won’t be answered. Watching November 13: Attack on Paris takes you to the dark heart of what it is like to be a victim of a terror attack.
In a world where tech giants, governments and cyber criminals all vie for internet users’ information, the privacy of personal data and communications has never been more fragile. This is particularly worrying for journalism, because the protection of sources is crucial for media coverage in a democratic society. But with a few simple tools and principles, a lot can be done to win back privacy. To find out more, Daily Maverick spoke to veteran tech journalist Adam Oxford, who lectures in digital security for journalists as a Code for Africa StoryLab Fellow.
CHARLOTTE MAXEKE HOSPITAL: Staffing crisis, broken machines mar functioning of hospital’s Oncology department
A site inspection by the South African Human Rights Commission at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital oncology department has painted a worrying picture of the public hospital's service... it’s functional, but only just.
If the purpose of the theatre, inherently and philosophically, is to make the public eye get a clear view of the how the inner turmoil of the mind and the vicissitudes of the heart affect one’s own normal behaviour, then Woza Albert! hits the spot. Satire makes a comeback as the champion of logic in a post-truth world.
While speaking to the Congress of South African Students on Wednesday evening, former president Jacob Zuma gave a “don’t provoke me” warning to his critics. At the same time, in what should technically be an unrelated development, the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal is finally due to hold its conference, at which it will elect new leadership. Once again, the centre of gravity of our politics is back in KZN.
A historic moment beckons for the Springboks over the weekend as they kick off their three-match Test series against England. Siya Kolisi will captain the side – a monumental moment when the historic symbolism of rugby in South Africa is considered.