Twelve boys and their football coach found alive in a Thai cave will be supplied with four months' worth of food and get diving training, the military said, as focus shifted to the tricky task of evacuating the group from the complex underground system.
Black South Africans are largely landless and most speakers during four days of hearings in Limpopo expressed their anger over a lack of redress for apartheid and supported changing Section 25 of the Constitution. The hearings, however, struggled to address the complex questions of what might happen next.
President Cyril Ramaphosa's Tom Moyane-shaped headache is not getting any better for him. More than three months since that notorious meeting at Ramaphosa’s Hyde Park home where the president asked Moyane to resign and Moyane refused, resulting in a screaming match, the impasse is not ending. And Moyane is using every legal avenue at his disposal, again giving Ramaphosa an ultimatum and, again, threatening legal action.
Heavy Cape Town rain continued throughout July 2, and while many considered the downpour a reprieve from the drought, the weather was bittersweet for those living in informal settlements who were forced to endure freezing temperatures, strong winds and flooding.
There’s a moment in the stand-up comedy show Dating Life when I scribble a note to myself saying “this isn’t very #MeToo’. It’s a riff about ugly women, and how there should be a bakkie service to collect them in the morning after a hectic night out so the brave guys who bedded them don’t need to look at them any more. Except comedian Alfred Adriaan makes it sound way funnier than that, so I’m laughing in spite of myself.
Are the elections of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Mexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as populist leaders simply harbingers of the way of the future, together with those authoritarians running China and Russia? Is the future to be a new, improved, repeat performance of those terrible 1930s?
From July 2018, one of the major roads in Nouakchott, the desert capital of Mauritania, will bear the name of former president Nelson Mandela. The centenary of his birth is a timely reminder to the world of the values he fought for.
The government has embarked on a country-wide roadshow to engage with the voting public on the proposed constitutional change that would permit property expropriation without compensation. However, the very idea is a farce.
Amid all the talk of land restitution, without compensation or not, and as Parliament’s joint constitutional review committee traverses the country scanning public opinion on whether it’s necessary to meddle with the Constitution to achieve this, or not, the ongoing disquiet over the decade-long MalaMala land deal provides a salutary lesson on the need to tread with caution.
Well-known DA figure Lennit Max has resigned from his position as Western Cape Member of the Provincial Legislature to take up a job advising Police Minister Bheki Cele. Max argues that he is perfectly entitled to do this while maintaining his DA membership – but at a press conference to announce his move, he also delivered several digs aimed at the DA.
The centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth continues to be dominated by celebration of a person, the character of whose greatness is not probed. There are areas of great complexity attached to Mandela’s life that are hardly examined. One of these is Mandela’s gender practices.