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Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address hit all the right notes: from restructuring Eskom to removing the biggest risk to the economy – the quantum of the bailout was kicked for touch to the Budget – and further steps to clean up institutions like State-owned Enterprises and the intelligence services. It was an election-mode SONA without being crass about it. Opposition parties were left with not much to say except that the proof would be in the pudding.
President Cyril Ramaphosa was nervous and so was Parliament ahead of his second State of the Nation speech. The EFF had threatened to turn Bosasa’s relationship with the president’s son, Andile, and the company’s donation to his campaign into a bomb and a Pay Back the Money campaign, Part 2. The President deftly defused that in a speech that showed Ramaphosa the nerd and the statesman.
And then there were three. South Africa’s failing electricity parastatal, Eskom, is to be split into three separate entities in a restructuring exercise announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa during his State of the Nation Address.
Thembinkosi Dlamini: At Mining Indaba, Ramaphosa declared sunrise days for SA mining — but it’s hard to see the light
A lack of foresight is why mining in South Africa remains a poster child of missed opportunity. A confluence of bad policy choices, arrogance and a failure to strive towards a point where everyone enjoys fundamental freedoms — a good education, good healthcare and enough food — are critical stumbling blocks to progress.
SONJA HARRI CLAIMS HARRASSMENT: Sexual offences unit head tells Cele of bullying and humiliation by senior officer
The Western Cape’s highest ranking female police officer, Brigadier Sonja Harri, head of the Family, Child and Sexual Offences Unit, has written in desperation to Minister of Police Bheki Cele asking for an intervention in what she says is a continuing campaign of sustained harassment initiated by her former boss, Major-General Patrick Mbotho.
Outgoing director of the Open Society Foundation Fatima Hassan believes that civil society has a new opportunity to work in partnership with the government under the administration of President Cyril Ramaphosa. But Hassan also warns that this period could be bad news for NGOs which need funding — as the Ramaphosa effect is causing a false sense of security. She has a message for business: If you want an independent media and a vocal civil society, put your money on the table.
The concept of a sports utility vehicle with more athletic intent than utilitarian capability is no longer unusual. But the BMW X4 M40i takes it a step further by proving that an SUV can be a sports car at heart – even if it involves some compromises …
New pressures on Eskom’s generation plant performance and energy availability factor (EAF) are making themselves felt at Medupi, Kusile and a number of other coal-fired power stations, as a key Eskom contractor and service provider runs into severe financial difficulties.
Understanding matric results: Part 2: What do language and literacy have to do with Matric Science results?
In class, the English-speaking learner is given many opportunities to grapple with Science concepts in language which is familiar to them. African language speakers are regularly denied this crucial learning activity, namely talking Science in an African home language.
There is plenty of history in the script of Nina Simone Four Women, with the characters having to outline some of the events that have unfolded in black America’s ongoing battle for equality so today’s audience knows where they’re coming from.
Legislation to punish Saudi Arabia for the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and for its role in the conflict in Yemen was introduced Thursday by a bipartisan group of senators who said the Trump administration failed to hold a key ally to account.
SONA 2019: Eskom to be restructured, May 8 poll date set and NPA boss gets a State Capture investigative directorate
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the restructuring of Eskom, the election date of 8 May, a reconfiguration of the intelligence service and the establishment of a State Capture investigative directorate in the National Prosecution Authority in what turned out to be a wide-ranging, hard-hitting State of the Nation Address on Thursday. In dismissing critics of this administration, Ramaphosa showcased the appointment of a new prosecutions boss, and the process towards a new tax boss, as lynchpin achievements after being in office for just a year. And, yes, Thuma Mina remains a thing.
Ahead of the 2019 State of the Nation Address, all manner of disruptions were anticipated. The EFF being forcibly removed for protesting over President Cyril Ramaphosa’s acceptance of a donation from Bosasa. The DA walking out in protest over President Cyril Ramaphosa’s acceptance of a donation from Bosasa. But precisely nothing happened: a ceasefire moment that Ramaphosa’s administration will surely claim as a victory.
Every year, the State of the Nation Address is marked by public protests outside Parliament. This year the Education Union of South Africa took its challenges close to Parliament’s doorstep before Cyril Ramaphosa’s second State of the Nation Address.
In the rural Eastern Cape, about 100km and an hour-and-a-half’s drive apart, are two schools, both categorised below quintile three on the school categorisation system, which means they are located in extremely poor communities and learners do not have to pay school fees. Based on the matric pass rate alone, one of these schools is achieving fairly good learner outcomes, which are steadily improving each year; the other is technically failing. Journalist Ziyanda Zweni spent a week at each school, staying with an educator from each school for the week. Her mission was to observe and share what it’s like on a day-to-day basis in schools operating under difficult circumstances – especially as a teacher.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released a sweeping package of environmental measures Thursday that has pitted progressives in the House Democratic caucus against moderates over how far to go in pursuit of resetting the climate change debate.
I stand at my stove in the Luthuli House kitchen and daydream. I don't allow politics in my kombuis, so it has become a national key point of my own making. So while preparing the reconciliation bobotie for the NEC, what do I dream about, other than a Louis Vuitton handbag?