President Cyril Ramaphosa has made increasing investment in the South African economy, an inclusive economic economy and good governance the major pillars and centre-piece of his presidency. He has set a target of attracting $100-billion over the next few years.
South African former editor, Angela Quintal, current Africa Programme Co-ordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, was taken by unknown people from her hotel in Dar Es Salam, Tanzania, on Wednesday night to be interrogated.
On Tuesday the ANC parliamentary caucus was briefed on the VBS Mutual Bank discussions at the weekend ANC special National Executive Committee (NEC). The impact of the VBS saga on ordinarily people was affirmed there with ‘dismay’, and it was re-affirmed that “those found guilty of wrongdoing must face the wrath of the law”.
Rendani Mathoho: EFF should not be surprised by the huge interest in its alleged link to the VBS scandal
The media and South African public’s interest and focus on the EFF in the VBS matter is not misplaced. It is the same situation as discovering that your pastor who always preached about the evils of adultery might be having an affair with a church member.
In a world that’s warmed 1°C against pre-industrial levels, bringing wildfires, droughts and heatwaves to vast regions of the planet, South Africa has warmed at twice the global average. What’s the science behind this? What are the implications for our farmlands and cities? Most important, will our country survive if trends remain where they are? Professor Francois Engelbrecht, among the world’s leading specialists on African climate change, takes the largest questions facing humanity to where we rarely see them — back home.
As activists and citizens become increasingly anxious about the perceived inaction of governments and business to meaningfully address climate change, the courts are ever increasingly being approached to compel action. The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School (with US law firm Arnold & Porter) maintain the Climate Change Litigation database. The database has over 950 US-based cases logged, and 271 cases logged for the rest of the world.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned at the request of President Donald Trump, according to a letter delivered to the White House, after becoming a target of the president’s open contempt for ceding control of the Russia investigation.
In essence, land reform is a key and logical policy objective. Broadly speaking, it includes regulation of ownership, operation, leasing, sales and inheritance of land (indeed, the redistribution of land itself requires legal changes). In an agrarian economy like South Africa – with great scarcity and an unequal distribution of land coupled with a large mass of the rural population below the poverty line – there are compelling economic and political arguments for land reform.
David Ka-Ndyalvan: Ncera Macadamia Farming Project is a beacon of hope for radical socio-economic transformation
The strength of the business model of this macadamia nut farm in the Eastern Cape has attracted protégés from the communities of Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, to visit the Ncera site for lessons on the business model. The operating model provides 51% ownership to the community the Vulindlela Investment Trust, while 49%, of which 26% belongs to the BEE partners, is owned by the private sector.
There are more than 3,000 schools in the country that still have only pit toilets, MPs heard during a joint meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation and the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on Wednesday. Presenting a report on the implementation plan to address sanitation backlogs, the Department of Water and Sanitation stated that by 2020 it aims to eradicate all pit toilets in the country.
The results of the election, in which three former presidents – Hery Rajaonarimampianina, Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana – are the favourites, must be accepted and seen as legitimate to prevent further political instability.
One of the defining questions of the political year that is 2018 so far has revolved around the true extent of power President Cyril Ramaphosa commands right now, and whether he is consolidating his grip on the nation, and on the ANC. It is a complex question, involving determinations around both his apparent support base in the country as a whole, and his political strength within the ANC itself. No analysis, however, should exclude looking ahead, to assess the risks to his power consolidation process. And while, generally speaking, it is probably fair to say that Ramaphosa’s grip on power is increasing, there is also at least one stark risk that could lead to him being significantly weakened.
ANALYSIS: The year the pilot crashed: Fireblade story reveals further evidence of Gigaba’s capture by Zupta network
Despite all the sophistry of his fightback and spin campaign this week, the pilot has crashed. And Malusi Gigaba, the pilot, is in an unseemly fight for his political life as the master chameleon of South African politics appears to be out of runway and of a meaningful political costume in a new era.
Ninety children kidnapped at a school in a troubled English-speaking region of Cameroon have been freed, officials said on Wednesday, revealing that in addition to 79 students whose abduction had already been announced, 11 schoolmates were seized last week.
Just a few hours after the polls closed in the US’ mid-term elections, it was clear that the Senate would remain in Republican hands – but the House of Representatives would flip into the control of the Democratic party. At a “watch party” in Kansas, jubilant Democrats hailed the result as a sign that the tide is turning against the administration of President Donald Trump.
Democrats are poised to reclaim the U.S. House, riding a wave of voter anger and discontent with President Donald Trump to a victory that would dramatically alter his next two years in office and make a deeply divided nation even more difficult to govern.