Panama was a strategic site for US interests in the Panama Canal in the 20th century, as it is today. The 77km waterway that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans opened in 1914. Today, this unique intercontinental waterway is one of four ‘connectivities’ which have been identified to ensure Panama’s contemporary development success, along with air, telecoms and finance.
The testimony of witnesses on Wednesday was all about how Tom Moyane treated SARS like a concentration camp. His right-hand man Jonas Makwakwa, however, stole the show on Thursday: Witnesses painted a picture of a mid-level manager who wormed himself into a top job while grabbing hold of operational power in order to interfere in the affairs of high-profile taxpayers. Day 3 of the Commission of Inquiry into SARS was no less of a shock than Day 2.
The Staircase is a phenomenal piece of contemporary documentary making. From almost the moment an apparent crime has been committed in 2001, and for another 13 years and more to follow, the cameras are on the accused and his family as he and his right-hand-man lawyer seek justice. The only moment that seemingly was not committed to video was the crime itself, which is to be picked apart with painful scrutiny for years to come. If only there had been footage of what really transpired, one closely bonded family may have been spared years of anxiety.
Perhaps it is time we as a society reflected on whether we will allow crime, corruption and abuse to be characteristics that define the society of the generations that will come after us. It all starts with what we value today as people, and we must further reflect on what that actually is: is it the advancement of our country and continent both socially and economically, or our own advancement at the cost to our society at large?
The real issue is that the private reserves in the Associated Private Nature Reserves, as opposed to those in Sabi Sands further south, apply to Kruger Park each year and ritually get the right to hunt thousands of animals. Many of these are protected animals from Kruger Park, because there are no fences to prevent them entering the Associated Private Nature Reserves.
In the US, events are tumbling forward in a great rush, during what ordinarily might be the first days of Washington’s languid summer and escapes to nearby and trendy beach resorts like Rehoboth and Bethany Beach in Delaware. But no, not this time.
As the parliamentary hearings to review Section 25 of the Constitution entered their second day in Limpopo, the Joint Constitutional Review Committee met a people desperate for land and farmers who agree that although restitution is important, they don’t want expropriation without compensation and are distrustful of the government’s ability to deliver.
South Africa has experienced deteriorating levels of race relations to alarming proportions. Sociologists tell us that it is not unusual in times of such intense social turmoil for ethnic minority groups to be singled out, and homogenised into a single bloc of unitary thoughts, prejudices and intentions.
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille may have won her court battle to retain her membership of the DA, and by extension her mayoral chain. But she is still facing the party’s internal disciplinary charges. On 28 June 2018 De Lille was back in court to fight for the documentation which the DA used as the basis for accusing her of wrongdoing, but the matter was postponed until November. There’s no end to the saga in sight – but if both parties would answer a number of simple questions, perhaps we could all move on a little quicker.
Some Afro Voice (formerly The New Age) reporters were out on news stories on Thursday, oblivious to the fact that they no longer had jobs. While they were gathering news that would never be published, their boss Mzwanele Manyi was announcing to staff that it was all over, bar the gnashing of reporters’ teeth. The question on their minds: who would now employ a Gupta journalist?
This week the Western Cape High Court found that the Democratic Alliance (DA) did not adhere to its own constitution and rules when it purportedly terminated Patricia de Lille’s membership of the party in a desperate attempt to oust her as the DA Mayor of Cape Town. The judgment has far-reaching consequences for the DA as all decisions taken by its Federal Legal Commission (FLC) (as currently constituted) may now be tainted by illegality.