British police launched a murder inquiry Sunday after a woman died following exposure to the nerve agent Novichok in southwest England, four months after the same type of chemical was used against a former Russian spy in an attack blamed on Moscow.
Britain's Brexit minister David Davis and one of his deputies resigned on Sunday in a major blow for Prime Minister Theresa May as she tries to unite her party behind a plan to retain strong economic ties to the European Union even after leaving the bloc.
A widespread, deep and thorough consultative process has often been put forward as the solution to fixing the deep-rooted cracks in South African society. But the consultation over land reform, the mining charter and the general state of race relations in South Africa seems to be proving that these cracks are far too deep to be mended. It’s almost as if South Africans need years of trauma counselling to find each other – but even that will be a useless exercise if the inequality gap persists.
We cry radical economic transformation and yet we volunteer ourselves as purveyors of a colonial culture left behind by the conquering British imperialists who started the union of money and horses called the Durban July Handicap and miraculously went on to handicap themselves by voting to exit the European Union decades later.
As a businessman I have admired creativity more than any other gift or skill. That someone using only his or her imagination could produce something new and valuable is a source of never-ending wonder to me. Poets, painters, sculptors, writers, composers, designers are my real heroes.
President Trump’s Newest Most-Magical Mystery Tour (The UK, Brussels and Helsinki) starts soon, even as his administration is expanding the trade conflict with major partners like China, Europe, Canada & Mexico, while taking continuing fire from the Mueller investigation and his erstwhile fixer Michael Cohen appears to be ready to abandon allegiance to The Donald. The troubled president is once again taking his show on the road, and the consequences could be far reaching.
The reality is that all across South Africa, but particularly in the Western Cape, the SAPS is under-resourced, under-staffed, under-equipped and under-trained. These are not aspects of policing that are under the remit or control of the provincial government.
Permit conditions exclude the small scale fisheries sector from participating in the harvesting of line fish over the weekends and public holidays. The commercial sectors as well as the recreational sector are both allowed to fish over weekends and public holidays. Clearly this is discriminatory.
South Africa has a progressive Constitution, with the right to adequate food counted among our basic human rights. But while there are feeding schemes, food programmes and social grants abound to ensure our people are fed, still millions are going hungry.
Last week my colleagues and I tried to figure out how the most valuable piece of real estate in the provincial government’s property portfolio disappeared from the Western Cape’s asset register and ended up in the ownership of a national government entity.