Search and rescue teams combed through shattered US communities on Thursday looking for victims of Hurricane Michael, a Category 4 monster storm which carved out a swathe of destruction in the Florida Panhandle, killing at least six in three states.
The South African project has perhaps been deferred or even derailed, especially in this last decade – that project has not simply dried up, festered or sagged but that dream is perhaps on the verge of exploding.
The tragedy of the seismic Nene event is that those among the right-thinking public who for years have assumed they were able unquestioningly to identify the errant from the “squeaky clean” (as the Guptas have, oddly, been described elsewhere), now are forced to conflate both.
Su-bah-ru, or Suba-roo? Which ever way you pronounce it, everyone agrees that Subaru, that refreshingly off-beat Japanese auto maker, builds some pretty decent vehicles. And most of those offer a degree of versatility not typical of mainstream models. That’s particularly true of the Outback estate.
‘Get on with it’ best summarises the thinking of General Park Chung-hee, the boss and president of South Korea for 18 years. Or as he put it more politely, ‘We need wordless deeds and ambitious construction programmes.’ But was it authoritarianism that worked in transforming Korea from a backwater to prolific exporter, or something else?
Yes, land reform in South Africa is an urgent issue; the landless will almost certainly not be put off much longer for at least some movement in their direction. But what should be done – and how? Isn’t there some global experience that could be mined to help South Africa out of its dilemmas and difficulties and avoid some of the most painful pitfalls?
In 1994 President Mandela signed the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, signalling South Africa’s commitment to fulfilling and protecting fundamental human rights in the post-apartheid era. While South Africa signed the covenant in 1994, it was only in 2015 that the country ratified it — committing to align its domestic laws with the requirements of the covenant. One of these rights is basic education.
Parliamentary Notebook: Cabinet approves policy switch on digital migration while government looks to cap price of unleaded petrol
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane was in Parliament again on Thursday, not to be told about that pending decision on an inquiry into her fitness for office, but to present her annual report. It was civil and brief. MPs are fully focused on the sausage factory of departmental and entities’ annual reports which must be completed next week. Meanwhile, across Parliament Avenue, Cabinet announced two policy flip-flops – one on the digital migration set-top boxes, the other on how the petrol price is done.
The Victims of Crime Survey, released by Statistics South Africa on Thursday, found crime has increased in the last year, despite a pattern of overall reduction over the last five years. People are feeling less safe and losing faith in the police and the courts.
OP-ED: Insisting on an impossible standard of moral purity for whistle-blowers is a ridiculous burden
The reasons why a person comes forward as a whistle-blower are complicated, and messy. This does not detract from the fact that whistle-blowers are performing a great service to our democracy. The problem of moral purity is not only that it is unrealistic, not required by law, and unproductive – but it also becomes a concept easily abused by the more nefarious to shutdown disclosures and openness.