‘Policy uncertainty’ has become somewhat of a buzzword when explaining the structural challenges facing South Africa’s uphill battle towards feasible economic growth levels. And concurrently, policy stability has been hailed as the solution to addressing some of the issues in various sectors that are currently under duress (eg mining and agriculture).
The shameless washing of hands by the Prasa leadership as regards responsibility for the safety of trains and rail commuters who are still sufficiently brave, or without an alternative, to use them, brings to mind the actions of a certain Roman Governor of Palestine who behaved similarly in relation to accountability for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Vuyani Jarana was appointed CEO of the terminally sick SAA a year ago. The airline is under attack from the Minister of Finance and is making news for all the wrong reasons. But how bad is the corruption, how long it will take to fix and can the airline really be saved?
TANZANIAN REPRESSION: From #WhatwouldMagufuliDo to #Magufoolishness: What will John Magufuli do next?
Tanzania’s John Magufuli has gone the way of other ‘new’ African presidents who once raised great hope, like Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni or Rwanda’s Paul Kagame. And that’s the way of authoritarianism. Magufuli is still bulldozing through red tape and graft. But he is just as aggressively bulldozing through political freedoms and human rights.
ANALYSIS: The core values that once illuminated the ANC now provide the moral backbone of Gordhan’s Zondo submission
One has felt the loss. The slow erosion of the moral high ground that once belonged and still belongs to a unique and visionary generation of ANC leaders and activists who are celebrated across the world.
Even before all the votes have been counted and all the winners declared, warfare is breaking out in Washington as Democrats move towards turning the House of Representatives’ mechanisms on the president, and Donald Trump threatens to retaliate with his own investigations, tackles the White House press corps, and fires his Attorney General. Those dogs of war are already on the hunt.
Crime and gangsterism in the Western Cape remain a huge worry and Alan Winde, new MEC for Community Safety, is no stranger to the problem. He told journalists on Thursday ‘the word crime comes up time and time again’. He promised to work at creating a safer environment in the province.
ANALYSIS: The politics of land expropriation without compensation in the ANC constitutional review proposals
Politics trumps policy in the push for a constitutional amendment to expressly allow land expropriation without compensation. That much became clear at Thursday’s bruising and at times chaotic meeting of Parliament’s constitutional review committee. But in the world of politics it’s not necessarily what’s up front and visible that determines outcomes, particularly with the looming 2019 elections.
On Thursday DA Western Cape Provincial Leader Bonginkosi Madikizela held a press briefing to clarify concerns over the delay in a social housing project in Salt River. Madikizela said the project has not been blocked; it has merely been put on hold due to several concerns raised by the DA caucus.
Matshela Koko: Government needs to think carefully before proceeding with the next bid window for wind and solar projects
The window for public comments on the draft South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is closed. The draft IRP 2018 curtails the pace and scale of new generation capacity needed up to 2030 compared to that in the IRP 2010–2030. The next bid window for solar and wind projects has been deferred by three years. What is evident though is that Government is determined to proceed with the next bid window for renewable energy projects and this is irrational.
Fresh from his own investment summit and travelling the world to market South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the Africa Investment Forum on Thursday, urging heads of state to sign concrete deals to promote development on the continent.
Analysis: Shadrack Sibiya has a right to justice against the State Capture enablers still jammed in the system
A year after the inauguration of President Jacob Zuma, former Gauteng Hawks Head Shadrack Sibiya began investigating charges of murder against former Crime Intelligence boss, Richard Mdluli, the man who, behind the scenes, had cleared the way for Zuma's ascent to high office.
We have a people problem, an unemployment problem and a problem in our financial ability to combat crime effectively. Police are badly paid, overworked and face unspeakable violence daily, and most do the best they can. And you, Mr Cees de Rover, want to blame a rifle?
South African journalist and media advocate Angela Quintal and her Kenyan colleague Muthoki Mumo are now under the protection of the South African High Commission in Dar es Salaam after being released from five hours of detention overnight by Tanzanian immigration authorities.