Musician and fashion designer Kanye West, who discussed prison sentencing and North Korea over lunch with U.S. President Donald Trump just earlier this month, tweeted today that his “eyes are now wide open” and that he’s backing away from politics.
The Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea off Indonesia earlier this week had experienced problems with the sensors used to calculate altitude and speed on its previous flight, an issue that could help explain why the plane dove into the water.
THE UNRAVELLING OF MALUSI, LIVE AND IN HD: Gigaba’s horror week continues as Public Protector tells President Ramaphosa to act
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba this week has had to confront a leaked sex tape and severe criticism in Parliament. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Wednesday delivered another damning blow, giving the president 20 days to take action against Gigaba for lying in court.
PARLIAMENTARY NOTEBOOK: And here is the (British) news of a South African fuel price drop, and other matters economic
A petrol price decrease is on the cards for November. That was not announced in Parliament during Wednesday’s Q&A of economic portfolio ministers, including Energy Minister Jeff Radebe, but by his deputy Thembisile Majola during an interview with the BBC’s HARDtalk. It’s a curious way of doing governance.
The right in Britain for parliamentarians to speak out under privilege – that is to say, without being vulnerable to litigation – is both precious and ancient. But it is a right never to be abused, to be deployed only sparingly and when absolutely necessary.
Two questions determine the course for African economic growth in the future: where will burgeoning populations find jobs, and which industries will remain or emerge to provide them? From what we know now, it is likely that food production and processing will grow in importance. Could clever adoption of localised technology turn Africa into its own breadbasket, and provide a bridge from agriculture to agribusiness?
Earlier this week, the panellists at the South African Urban Conference 2018 — set up to debate the Integrated Urban Development Framework — advised government, NGOs and business to break the cycle of making urban spatial planning for the poor, without involving the poor.
AMABHUNGANE: Chinese business tycoon reveals how he helped fund politicians in Lesotho – but denies claim of state capture
Lesotho-based Chinese business tycoon Yan Xie has lifted the lid on his extensive generosity to Lesotho’s political elite, saying that he helped fund Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s lavish wedding in 2017 and has donated money to ‘almost every party in the country’.
German-South African co-operation: Ramaphosa works hard at convincing Berlin and business that SA’s turnaround is coming
Cyril Ramaphosa came for a two-day visit to Berlin on 29 and 30 October to woo German businesses to invest in his country and by all accounts he has made great strides. He also succeeded in forging a closer relationship between Germany and South Africa after the fraught Jacob Zuma years. Both countries are currently serving on the UN Security Council.
An in-depth forensic investigation by Grant Thornton and SizweNtsalubaGobodo Advisory Services into the awarding of a SAPS/SITA contract to Keith Keating's Forensic Data Analysts amounting to R61 million for the provision of forensic light sources, has uncovered massive potential fraud and/or collusion between at least 20 senior SAPS officials and FDA employees. No wonder SAPS wanted a closed SCOPA session on Tuesday.
As a defiant Patricia de Lille announced her resignation as Cape Town mayor and member of the Democratic Alliance on Wednesday she also vowed to “those idiots that continued to smear my name in public” that she would clear her name in public. She also described her increasing acrimonious relationship with the DA as “abusive”.
It has been a difficult road for the South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC) after years of maladministration, censorship and corruption, and it continues to be a rocky journey as it attempts to come back from near ruin through strict austerity measures and retrenchment.
Pierre De Vos: On the many ways those implicated in corruption defend themselves without ever denying the accusations against them
One of the most telling signs that a person implicated in wrongdoing is guilty of the wrongdoing, is when that individual fails to deny the specific allegations or findings made against him or her, and instead complains about procedural irregularities in the investigation against them or raise counter-complaints about the behaviour of others in a transparent attempt at “whataboutery”. Most politicians and businesspeople in South Africa are past masters of this technique which they use to distract attention from the original findings or allegations made against them. It is important for citizens not to be misled by this.