The Trump administration dealt its toughest blow yet to the authoritarian Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro, issuing new sanctions on the nation’s state-owned oil company PDVSA that effectively block his regime from exporting crude to the U.S.
The Trump administration will press China to prove it can keep promises in talks this week aimed at ending the trade war, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, as the U.S. ratcheted up legal pressure on one of the biggest examples of Chinese technological might.
Helen Zille, the former leader of the Democratic Alliance, recently threatened that she would organise a tax revolt if many people implicated in state capture at the Zondo Commission were not prosecuted and jailed within a “reasonable amount of time”. Zille’s comments raise questions about whether civil disobedience has any role to play in a constitutional democracy, and if it does, in what circumstances it should be accepted.
I remember looking back at my billable hours during my first six months working for Donald and realised I had worked every day except for one Sunday. And I held no grudges because of the environment he had created — that I was in charge and important to his team.
Corrupt elements in the ANC are not sitting idly by and waiting for their day in court. They are plotting and conniving against the one who is spearheading the onslaught against graft. They will not rest until they are assured of Cyril Ramaphosa’s downfall — and they are preparing for it by any means necessary. An ANC election setback will strengthen their hand.
Grace Mugabe is held up as a symbol of the inability of Zimbabwean women to govern a country, unleashing a “mischievous and retrogressive” attitude. This sees many women undermined and ridiculed in the media and security force members reportedly raping women and boasting about it. Isn’t it time Zimbabwe’s men stopped looking the other way?
Justin Japhta: Equality delayed is equality denied: The importance of poverty as a ground of discrimination in South Africa
Our courts should not be the only branch of government that works to redress the root causes of inequality in society. The elected branches of government should equally play an important role in supporting and encouraging transformative changes as envisaged in our Constitution.
The manner in which institutions are behaving towards their alumni is no different from loan sharks who would hold on to identity documents and bank cards of their victims - so that they are condemned to perpetual poverty and debt.
The problem with the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is not, as has been written recently on these pages, a lack of funding. It’s not even a lack of equipment, or technology. It’s a lack of political will to spend money properly and right-size the force for its 21stcentury roles and obligations.
A delay in receiving their salaries on Tuesday left some SABC staffers convinced that the end was nigh. Wages eventually came through, a few hours late, but the panic caused by an apparent bank glitch is a telling indication of where the SABC is at. Interviews for new SABC board members, meanwhile, have yet to be scheduled.
After a suspension, a disciplinary hearing and a criminal trial, former prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach finally had her say at the Mokgoro Inquiry on the circumstances that led to her ousting at the NPA and on the fitness of now-suspended senior advocates, Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi, to hold office at the prosecuting authority.
Mbizana in the Eastern Cape is probably best known for the almost two-decades-long war that has raged between mining – more recently also the state – and the Xolobeni community of ward 25. But there are other communities, equally besieged and for over an equally long period, that have not benefited from the understanding and popular support afforded the Xolobeni struggle by environmental and other high-profile civic groups’ solidarity, assistance and exposure.
On Tuesday, former president Jacob Zuma tweeted a thousand-word statement defending his legacy. More to the point, he said his term in office had not been “nine wasted years”. He also made comments that are fairly critical of the Gauteng ANC, to the effect that if he had been able to campaign in that province in 2016, the party would not have lost Joburg and Tshwane. His statement, its timing, its meaning and its intent, all raise serious questions.
A steady stream of transnational right-wing populists and nationalists has trekked to South Africa in recent years hoping to leverage the country’s fraught racial history for their own global aims. They have found local friends who appear willing to allow these grifters to exploit South Africa’s past and its current high rate of crime and violence.
Artificial Intelligence, like a tale of two cities, will usher both the good and the bad, hope and despair, as well as poverty and wealth. What we have to do as agents of positive change is to ensure that AI ushers in more good than bad.
Over 81% of new registrations recorded at the final registration weekend were under 30 years old. But now that the weekend is over, the IEC plans to visit tertiary institutions to get more youth to register and update their residential information for the country’s sixth democratic elections expected to be held in four months time.
Calls for a national tax revolt will be music to many ears, more so to those who watch their hard-earned taxes being squandered through corruption and maladministration by a government that has lost its way. Frustration levels rise as headline after headline featuring blatant corruption without consequences, begin to fuel desperate calls for action. A common call is the trusty old “tax revolt” and while on the surface it has merit, digging deeper into the context of our situation – it’s a fallacy.
There has recently been some intense advertising and political campaigning to solicit the youth vote ahead of the 2019 national elections. With voter registration among the youth the lowest of all age groups, it is about time political parties begin to take notice of the silent majority who refuse to participate in legitimising a sham electoral process that brings no return to civic engagement.
With about eight months to go till the 2019 Rugby World Cup is played in Asia for the first time, the “growth of the game” is a buzz phrase. While taking rugby to emerging countries such as Japan is one way of growing the game, making it more exciting and safer through strategic adaptions of the rules is another. Here, how to accomplish growth through the latter approach is explored.