Zimbabwe needs to move forward and develop its economy. The past two decades have been tough due to sanctions, global economic currents and other hurdles put in place by the West. The MDC-Alliance should now be preoccupied with the economy of the country – it is also in the best interests of the region.
This notion of a reluctant hegemon on the continent is quite frankly wearing thin and, if we are to survive both continentally and globally, we must actively engage in hard and soft power politics. In other words, a more realist approach to our foreign policy objective is what is needed if we are to succeed in being accepted as Africa’s hegemonic power.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Tuesday evening that government will proceed to amend the constitution to allow expropriation without compensation. There is legitimate concern that by pre-empting the findings of the parliamentary consultation processes, the president has used his position as head of state in an effort to address internal ANC divisions and to get ahead of next year’s election battles. But what might it mean for the intended beneficiaries of land reform? And what about the likely concerns of owners of property? It’s worth reminding ourselves how we got here.
On 1 August, women and non-conforming people across South Africa took part in the #TotalShutDown march. Daily Maverick spoke to five queer community members in Cape Town who shared their personal stories around gender-based violence, sexual violence and homophobia.
Images and videos of women of all ages and races were published across platforms on Wednesday during the #TotalShutDown. The voices from the crowds who took part were united around one issue – gender-based violence. Daily Maverick spoke to people partaking in the march in Cape Town.
In the midst of challenges and campus conflicts, Cape Peninsula University of Technology has finally appointed a permanent vice-chancellor, Dr Chris Nhlapo. He sat down with Daily Maverick this week to talk about his rural past, the higher education institution and impact of #FeesMustFall.
The organisers of a 1 August protest against gender-based violence had hoped for a “total shutdown” of South Africa – and nothing close to that happened. But among the thousands of women marching nationally, a mood of profound anger made itself visible and audible on a scale rarely evident in a country where such violence sometimes seems inextricably woven into the fabric of society.
Mercedes-Benz describes its updated C-Class as a new model. In reality, it’s an revamped version of the existing W205 – albeit a comprehensively updated one. So how much better is the face-lifted C-Class? And what made the launch a particularly significant one?
LAND HEARINGS – OUDTSHOORN: Township meeting hears of a time when a white war hero was given a farm, a black war hero a bicycle
In the game of politicking, land expropriation without compensation means different things to different politicians. But as Parliament’s public hearings on Wednesday in Oudtshoorn showed, for those South Africans at the sharp end of poverty and inequality – and years of hitting the brick wall of officialdom – there’s much, much more at stake.
Facebook has come under fire in the US and the UK for allowing the manipulation of its platform by shady political interests intent on fomenting anti-immigrant sentiment, racism and intolerance. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Facebook disclosed that it had identified a campaign aimed at influencing the US midterm elections.
On Tuesday night, in what had been billed as an “address to the nation”, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced what appears to be the strongest confirmation yet that the ANC will back a plan to change the Constitution to allow the expropriation of land without compensation. The final text of his announcement will be endlessly examined for hints about what he, or the ANC, actually meant. The crucial question, as always, is what will happen next. Frankly, that is still difficult to predict. There are many moving parts to this, and it now appears to be a big mistake to presume that the ANC is anywhere near to any kind of consensus on the issue of land, and how this situation can be resolved.
ZIMBABWE ELECTIONS AFTERMATH: President Mnangagwa blames opposition MDC Alliance for ‘aiding and abetting’ post-election chaos
Armed soldiers roamed the streets of Harare for the first time since President Emmerson Mnangagwa took over the reins just over eight months ago, as simmering post-election anger boiled over. By bedtime last night there were military checkpoints in the streets and at least three people were dead.
As the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission prepared to announce the final tally for the parliamentary elections, fired-up MDC Alliance protesters shouted angry slogans at the gates of the Rainbow Towers where the results were being announced.
When patients seek help from Geoff Hindmarch, the editor of Cannabis Oil Research, he says the two most frequent questions they usually ask are, “how do I get off these damn pills?” and the other more worrisome concern, “will I get stoned from using medical marijuana for my aches and pains?”
Suspended SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane’s complaints about the “unfairness” and “oppressive nature” of his disciplinary hearing have been dismissed in totality. Now, if Moyane still feels badly done by, the only options available to him are to challenge President Cyril Ramaphosa directly or to take the matter on review in the High Court.