South Africa can become a model of development in Africa and the rest of the world. This vision will be impeded by the country’s inability to implement effective border management, allowing it to accurately record and monitor the movement of people and goods across its borders as well as ensure the safety and security of all who choose to live, work and play here.
The land debate reached a kind of climax when Ernst Roets submitted AfriForum’s case to Parliament. Roets said the claim ‘whites stole the land’ is the ‘biggest historical fallacy of our time’. In response MP Filtane asked to end the debate and called for civil war. I criticised Roets for being ‘unhelpfully unclear’ on what he meant and described Filtane’s conduct as ‘unethical’. The debate goes on. Saul Musker defends Filtane by equating Roets with apartheid and holocaust denialists while accusing me of pushing “dangerous” white nationalist ideas behind a “moderate” mask. To move forward, we must break the hypocrisy of white is wrong and might is right.
PARLIAMENT: Nehawu weighs in on high level performance bonuses Parliament says were ‘projections’, not real payments
National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) at Parliament on Thursday decided it’s taking up the issue of top senior managers’ performance bonuses with the presiding officers, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Chairperson Thandi Modise. Staff at the coalface at Parliament should be recognised, as ‘clearly there’s money at Parliament’.
The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October of every year World Habitat Day. The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of everyone to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns. The theme for this year’s World Habitat Day was ‘Municipal solid waste management’.
Joanie Fredericks: An open letter to Bheki Cele: Who are the saviours-in-blue turned hooligans accountable to?
Certain members of the National Intervention Unit have become a law unto themselves. Minister Cele, please come to address this situation in Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain, as a matter of great urgency. There can be no effective solution to crime where there is no trust.
SCORPIO: The Bain Files, Part 1: Massone knew in advance Moyane would become SARS head and Bain would get restructuring contract
Boston-based consultancy firm Bain & Company’s SA managing director Vittorio Massone colluded with Tom Moyane and Jonas Makwakwa in order to receive a R187-million contract to restructure the South African Revenue Service. More than that, Massone appears to have lied under oath to the Commission of Inquiry into SARS in an attempt to hide the fraud.
Eye on Crime (Part 3): Controlling Cape Town: The real costs of CCTV cameras, and what you need to know
Visual surveillance of urban areas is booming worldwide. In South Africa, where the police fight a deadly war against crime daily, surveillance tech is increasingly used by local municipalities to augment an understaffed and under-resourced police force. In the lead is Cape Town, with more than 1,500 CCTV cameras, 626 of which are specifically dedicated to crime detection and prevention. The City has also acquired drones for this purpose. One driving force behind this is the assumption that cameras will make things safer. But there are clear indicators that, in the long run, the hidden costs of 24/7 visual surveillance can easily outweigh its ability to make our lives better.
Everyone wants an SUV — but not everyone can afford one. Hyundai’s answer is to dress up its newly facelifted i20 subcompact hatch in rugged-look apparel to create an SUV-style image. In this case, however, there’s more off-road bark than bite...
President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday that a pact between government, business and labour, announced at the Jobs Summit, will create 275,000 jobs a year. While Ramaphosa said the agreement must be seen in the context of broader efforts to stimulate the economy, his critics claim the plan recycles old ideas and it won’t address the causes of the country’s unemployment crisis.
WILD COAST MINING RIGHTS: As tensions rise, government insists there’s no decision to grant Australian company the right to mine at Xolobeni
Comments made by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe in a radio interview this week gave credence to the idea that the government intends to grant mining rights on the Wild Coast to an Australian miner and its local subsidiary. While the department insists that no decision has yet been made, Mantashe seems firm in his belief that mining can raise the Xolobeni community out of poverty – while community activists continue to argue the opposite.
Hanover moms berate men who stay at home while the women bring home the bacon. Don’t bring up your sons to be like their fathers who depend on their moms, sisters, girlfriends or wives: Grab that broom and sweep the floors! Get in the kitchen and wash those dishes!
A seismic shift appears to be jolting student politics as the Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command rakes up top positions in SRC elections at universities. The ANC-aligned South African Students Congress is in a state of self-reflection over its losses. This small-scale, contained, yet significant trend may hold some clues to the outcome of the 2019 national elections.
In Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, Mr Bumble coined the famous phrase ‘the law is an ass’ when he was held responsible for his wife’s theft. With reference to the recent turmoil in the council of Nelson Mandela Bay, the law is dead wrong to require municipal managers to decide council vacancies. It drags accounting officers into local politics and further destabilises municipal administrations in times of political transition.
A full bench of the Pretoria High Court ruled last week that magistrates’ courts should be the first port of call for banks seeking judgment against their clients. On Wednesday we explained the arguments in the case that dealt with access to justice for distressed debtors. But another important part of the case was how these applications to the court by banks have clogged up the high courts. Ciaran Ryan for GroundUp.
The Jobs Summit gets underway on Thursday amid the country's deepening unemployment crisis and a harsh economic environment. But for some hungry job seekers on the ground, it is hard to see how a two-day talk shop can make a difference.
The ANC caused one of the biggest by election shocks of 2018 when they took Ward 71 from the DA in the Chatsworth and Queensburgh area of eThekwini on Wednesday night. Chatsworth was solidly behind the DA two years ago and that is at serious risk now.