President Xi Jinping vowed Monday to open access to China's economy, while delivering a veiled rebuke to the Trump administration, as he kicked off an import fair amid growing foreign accusations that his government was backtracking on reform pledges.
One name worth considering for the position of Director of Public Prosecutions is Willie Hofmeyr, one of four deputies at the prosecuting authority. Hofmeyr has a stack of skills and experiences that, despite some controversy, might make him just the kind of leader this institution needs.
Far too often government has displayed a flippant or nonchalant attitude towards the need for sound and rational policy-making, believing that citizens must simply accept and be compliant with irrational and often unworkable policies and processes.
Omry Makgoale: South Africa will be saved by parliamentary electoral reform – not by any political party
There is no perfect political party anywhere in the world, but we will continue to suffer from corruption until we have an electoral system that balances representivity with accountability. We need a parliamentary process that gives ourselves as citizens, the voters, the power to elect the best people from the existing political parties.
In times of darkness people do funny things: I’m turning to Michael Jackson. It’s generally dangerous to quote Michael Jackson — it shows my age, but I’m doing it because perhaps we need popular culture to help those who are busy shouting at the SABC to grasp their own role in this unfolding crisis.
On Monday, 5 November, the African National Congress will host a ‘Stimulus View Dinner’.‘Business leaders’ will be charged R1-million for two seats at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s table, and R600,000 for a couple of chairs at Deputy President David Mabuza’s table. (Caveat emptor: Donotleave your wallet unattended). Following closely on the heels of Ramaphosa’s ‘Investment Summit’, during which CEOs pledged money to the don while he was seated on a throne-like armchair accepting their munificence, it’s becoming clear that, while Ramaphosa has pledged to clean up corruption, he’s deepening the relationship between South Africa’s ruling party and its ruling oligarchy. This is not a good thing for democracy, but it’s a great thing for massively overpriced canapés.
MADAGASCAR ELECTIONS: Fireworks and thumping music hit the message home as top three contenders vie for highest office
Whether the full stadiums at the final election rallies in Madagascar at the weekend would result in a successful vote for each of the three main presidency candidates – or whether it would result in a turnout better than the 50% optimistically expected by observers – will be apparent on Wednesday.
Parliament’s constitutional review committee is hurtling towards finalising its report on a constitutional amendment for expropriation without compensation. It’s a fractious process as last week’s committee meeting showed, and Thursday’s meeting to discuss recommendations undoubtedly will be no less so. It’ll all have to be wrapped by the time Parliament rises for its year-end recess in four weeks. But a resolution of the House is just another step in what remains a drawn-out path of political potholes — and possible legal challenges — unlikely to be finalised before the 2019 elections.
Finally, the American midterm election is just about to take place. Pollsters predict a modest win for Democrats in the House of Representatives and possibly a slightly increased majority in the Senate for the Republicans. But both predictions could still be wrong. How is this playing out in the final days of the campaign?
Perceptions matter in politics. They matter, especially, during elections. The thing to remember, for those who want to be re-elected, is to have people believe you are humble. A zoot suit and shiny sneakers send bad messages.
In politics, predicting the future is just about the most important thing there is. If you can determine the major issues and discussions, or predict certain results, you can work out what kind of country we will have in a few years’ time. At the moment, it appears that making any kind of prediction is getting harder and harder, possibly as a reflection of a fragmentation of our politics. Two recent polls reflect this difficulty. At the same time, this process of fragmentation appears to be afflicting the ANC more than other parties. All of this suggests that the problems of pollsters will only increase, and predicting the future will become harder and harder.
Unprecedented changes by government, companies and citizens will be needed to reduce emissions in order to avoid global warming going above 1.5°C. These changes are affordable and feasible, and there is no room for delay.
Unacknowledged shame ensnares humans in repetitions of emotions, such as anger, and therefore forecloses change. Acknowledged shame opens different options. It allows recognition of the Other that enables the refusal of oppressive racial, gender and sexual discourses. Therefore, it opens the potential for upending whiteness.