Aged 85, veteran South African war photographer Cloete Breytenbach is exhibiting in Porto, Portugal his documentation of the Angolan War of Independence. He proclaims himself an apolitical documenter, a photographer who never allows politics to ‘get in the way’. His photography and his family have a more complex story to tell.
Stubborn unemployment has been both a puzzle and a point of conflict for South African policymakers, labour and business. Even when new jobs were created – which they were in the years up to 2008 – increasing numbers of people who came onto the labour market meant the unemployment rate remained high. Policy discourse has been muffled in the past decade – in spite of the National Development Plan – by a focus on accumulation by the well-connected at the expense of development. There is hope, as the Jobs Summit kicks off this week, that this may begin to change, that key challenges such as unemployment and inequality can be put at the centre of the policy table. A below-the-radar National Treasury project, the Jobs Fund, has been working quietly over the past few years to forge the social compact necessary to create jobs in innovative small businesses around the country.
Op-Ed: Death in People’s House: The family needs answers from parliament about Lennox Garane’s working conditions
There has been an emotional outpouring of comments and speculation after Lennox Garane took his life at Parliament. I wrote about how the tragic incident had put the spotlight on staffing relations at Parliament. Now, after talking to Garane’s family, I realised that I owed it to him to return to his story and fill in some of the gaps about his working conditions, and to give their account of why he ended his life.
Parliamentary Notebook: Repeat offender SAA is among 11 that failed to make the annual report deadline
Eleven government departments and entities missed the statutory deadline to table their 2017/18 annual reports in Parliament. As the midday deadline on Friday approached, the tally potentially looked worse, but as Cape Town’s noon gun echoed across the CBD most of the outstanding annual reports dropped. Tabling annual reports might seem like a paper-pushing exercise, but these are public finance accountability documents - and talk directly to departments’ and State-owned Entities’ financial and governance ethics.
Over one week, two UN high level meetings were held on health matters – with virtually no interaction between the two. But diabetes, cancer and depression have a major impact on tuberculosis. If we treat them in silos, we won’t overcome them. HEALTH-E NEWS’ Amy Green.
Brand South Africa was on fire on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, inviting human rights activist and future space-traveller Edward Ndopu to inspire South Africans abroad to also play their part. Global South Africa is yet to take off properly, but this almost-28-year-old was a pretty good start.
The future of the United States: Open letter to American voters: Think carefully about the serious choice you will soon make
Americans will soon be voting on the House if Representatives and a third of the Senate. Their choices will determine if Congress fulfills its constitutional mandate... And if the US should continue to be lead by the Republicans.
Road to 2019: As more parties embrace a tough line on immigration, xenophobia becomes a mainstream political tool
In a country like South Africa, facing the problems that we do, there are issues that politicians should mention, discuss and handle with extreme care. The issue of non-South Africans, who are often referred to as “foreign nationals” or “illegal immigrants” is certainly one of them.