Hours before the Super Bowl, President Donald Trump said he would allow his young son to play football if he wanted to but wouldn’t encourage it because “it’s a dangerous sport,” and defended his criticism of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
Donald Trump ally and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he doesn’t expect any intra-party challenge to the president in 2020 because Republican voters remain solidly behind him despite his sagging approval ratings with the general public.
It might be election crazy. But President Ramaphosa’s investment drive isn’t benefiting when International Relations issues a diplomatic summons to the representatives of five countries that seven months ago prepped a discussion document as part of wide-ranging consultations on getting money to South Africa. And then the governing ANC steps in claiming ‘interference by the Western imperialist forces’, and ‘latterday colonialists’, to undermine SA’s sovereignty with their bullying. It’s the anatomy of political self-sabotage.
One of the measures an EFF government would introduce would be compulsory critical thinking classes for all South African high school learners. It’s a pity that particular proposal can’t be fast-tracked, because it only takes a small measure of critical thinking to reveal the flaws in the EFF’s election manifesto. The promises it makes will be appealing to many – but the impracticality of the EFF’s pledges make the manifesto a fundamentally dishonest document.
By our calculations, Ramaphosa has achieved 17 of the 26 key promises he made last February. He has failed at four items and progress on five items is questionable. Give him a B+ for trying to deliver on his promises.
MINING INDABA: Mantashe said SA is open for mining business — but it’s not yet quite Nirvana, says mining industry
Mining Minister Gwede Mantashe has assured local and foreign investors that greater policy certainty under the Ramaphosa administration and development of new minerals will reverse the decline in the industry and raise its contribution to the South African economy from the present 7% of GDP to 10% in three to five years.
An extravagant prestige project allegedly commissioned by eSwatini’s absolute monarch Mswati III for the hosting of 2020’s African Union summit has more than quadrupled in price to R4.8-billion, amaBhungane has been told.
There has been much speculation in the media on the pending restructuring and unbundling of Eskom. It is expected that President Cyril Ramaphosa will be giving some direction in this regard in his state-of-the-nation address on Thursday.
Every year, thousands of tourists visit South African private nature reserves to see wild animals in unspoilt surroundings. But how many of these travellers know that some of the most luxurious safari destinations and self-declared champions of conservation also allow these iconic animals to be killed by trophy hunters for ‘sport’?
Angry pupils smashed school windows with stones, damaged teachers’ cars and demanded that pupils leave classrooms at a primary school in Mfuleni on Friday. Several schools in the Cape Town township were shut down on Friday morning by protests like this. The South African National Civic Organisation and unplaced pupils and their parents appeared to be involved in the protests.
Gavin Jacobs started his career in sex work in London. Running out of cash, he learnt about massage parlours though friends. Not wanting to return to Cape Town, his home town, at that time, he decided to work at one. By Ashraf Hendricks and GroundUp Staff.
A community of waste pickers in Centurion are no longer facing eviction, at least not immediately. The Pretoria High Court has told the waste pickers, the City of Tshwane, and the owners of the property the waste pickers are living on to make submissions on what they want. The court will then try to find a fair solution that suits everyone.
Radical transformation is the new buzzword. It means everything and nothing. It is about a state of radical uncertainty. It requires us to strip layer after layer of ego, thinking, habits and attachments to the comfort zone of the past. But it is a gift — finding the courage and conviction to face our shadow as a country and as individual citizens.
The ANC has brought the country to the point where the state will soon be able to assert its control over land and a host of other assets without any compensation being payable at all. However, few commentators seem aware of these risks, or of the scale of the threat to property rights.
Being identified as the villains, even before the government makes public its much anticipated and discussed Eskom rescue plans, is some achievement. The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) are already being fingered as obstructionists ready do their utmost to block the widely predicted breakup of Eskom that will be a central part of the government’s response to the crisis.
In 2015 Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality was in such chaos for a host of reasons, mainly political instability and rampant corruption. This had resulted in unbridled fraud in the department of human settlements, with the former MMC being assassinated, and others being killed in a political gang war. The national government had to step in and take control of the situation.
The regional bloc needs to step up and call an urgent meeting to discuss the economic crisis, which has also led to the recent violence resulting in the death of several citizens. The loan needed by Zimbabwe must come with conditions, which include the much-needed inclusive and honest dialogue driven by Zimbabweans.
Private security company Professional Protection Alternatives (PPA) and the City of Cape Town "sang from the same hymn sheet" on Monday when they made presentations to Parliament on what transpired at Clifton Fourth Beach on December 23.
Students protested in Durban and Pietermaritzburg on Monday against payment delays by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. Students say this has left them unable to pay fees and unable to register. Many are without accommodation. Nomfundo Xolo andNompendulo Ngubanefor GroundUp
"A white person doesn't even look at me when I make way for them in the street." Are coloured and blacks treated differently? Are we still living in an apartheid society? Is it up to schools and universities to break down the prejudices that still exist, or should it begin at home?
Gridlocked megalopolises—their time has come. The new city breaks distance into increments: work, home and play are nestled in tight proximity. Think of it as “logical density”. Also think of it as spatial justice. City improvement is brought to a new level in Bellville.
Cyril Ramaphosa and Tito Mboweni’s reference to the Jacob Zuma presidency as nine wasted years provoked a response by Zuma supporters, claiming that not only Zuma was responsible for what happened over these nine years, but collectively, all in leadership. This denies Zuma’s individual role, but it does highlight the complicity of those who are now cast as repudiating the Zuma legacies.
The U.K., Germany and France led a host of European countries in recognizing Venezuelan National Assembly leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president on Monday, joining an international push led by the U.S. censuring Nicolas Maduro and calling for new elections.
South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation expressed “disappointment” with five embassies for telling President Cyril Ramaphosa that foreign investment is at risk because of the country’s failure to prosecute people for government corruption.
The buzz around contemporary African art has exploded over the last two decades, and so have the opportunities to get into the game and start building your own art collection. Where to begin? Who should you speak to? How do you decide what to invest in?