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.
The question is a perplexing one. Why, if hunters and animal rightists are both passionate about wildlife and wildlife habitat, are they seemingly always at loggerheads? This question, of course, assumes that the parties are, in fact, both passionate about these things which, as I will show, is not the case. And whose fault is that? Which party is the unreasonable one? And can anything be done to change this?
South Africa’s political uncertainties are destined to escalate leading up to the national elections in 2019. We are unsure as to the outcomes of these elections, whether they will set in motion a further reprieve and sanity, or if they will ignite added political predicaments – this will depend on what we do today as citizens.
Romania: Almost three decades after Ceaușescu’s violent death, democracy solved many problems, yet many questions remain unanswered
Donald Trump’s residency in the White House, the Brexit decision, democratic regression across Africa and the Middle East, the rise of right-wing leadership in Poland and Hungary, the galloping prosperity of China’s autocracy and the role of digital technology in elections from data harvesting to internet bots, are all taken to signal signs of the death of liberal democracy. But we should take care not to overstate the impact. The ‘end’, whether this has been democracy or its rivals, has been foretold many times before.
Crime in the Western Cape is set to become one of the hot-button issues in the run-up to the 2019 elections. While the ANC claimed the defection of the DA’s Lennit Max as evidence that the DA is not serious about tackling crime, DA leadership was in murder capital Nyanga to make the point that responsibility for police falls under the national government.
Grant beneficiaries are can’t access their payments and are being turned away as they apply for Sassa’s new cards. As Sassa employees plan to go on strike and the agency struggles to move away from CPS and build a new payment system, millions of South Africans face an uncertain future.
The civic movement Equal Education has begun its third National Congress on the back of recent damaging sexual harassment scandals and allegations of a cover-up. On its opening day, it hosted a panel discussion about creating a safe space for young girls and women.
From a legal perspective, the attempts by former SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane and his legal representative Dali Mpofu to paint the SARS commission of Inquiry as “grossly unfair” to Moyane, and the demand that the commission cease its work, are rather odd as the arguments have no valid legal basis and are based on false claims. But – while unethical – it may make sense from a political perspective to try and create an impression in the minds of ordinary people (and governing party leaders) not knowledgeable about the law, that the commission is biased against Moyane.