Newly elected DRC president Felix Tshisekedi spent more than half of his five-minute maiden speech at the recent African Union heads of state summit thanking the continental body’s big men for welcoming him into the fold. The former opposition leader has much to be grateful for.
As Eskom cut electricity nationally for hours at a time on Monday, South Africa was reminded that the negative effects of load shedding go far beyond mere inconvenience: chaotic traffic, failing cellphone networks, a dented rand, rotten food, and drastically reduced productivity. In the sudden escalation of stage 2 load shedding to stage 4, meanwhile, many smelled something fishy.
The DA federal council this weekend confirmed that its empowerment and redress policies will for the time being be linked to race, which was quickly criticised by the Institute of Race Relations. It’s unclear, however, just what those policies are.
South Africa’s business press, taking its cue from President Cyril Ramaphosa, is treating the discovery of natural gas off the Southern Cape coast like it’s sunk a 70-foot putt for birdie. But the economic realities of climate change, added to the ingrained truths of the resource curse, suggest that lightning is about to blast the course. Do we play on or run for cover?
After giving blistering testimony about Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi going after corruption-busters in the NPA, Willie Hofmeyr had to address his own actions at the time of the Spy Tapes debacle, where the Supreme Court of Appeal found that his advice not to prosecute then-president Jacob Zuma was based on conjecture rather than actual evidence.
APARTHEID SCARS: Pain of forced removals remembered as the waiting game continues for District Six claimants
District Six in Cape Town was declared a ‘whites only’ area on 11 February 53 years ago — paving the way for a mixed community to be destroyed and forcing residents into areas on the Cape Flats — where they still live, waiting for the day they can be moved back into their much-loved area. While there has been contestation and disagreement, it was agreed on Monday at a commemoration event that people needed to be moved back to the area to finally start a healing process, more than half a century later.
On Sunday afternoon, South Africa was hit by the first round of load shedding for 2019. On Monday afternoon, Eskom implemented what’s called “Stage Four” load shedding, the highest possible intervention it can make. It is now certain that there will be much pain, for many months to come.
Another State of the Nation Address by Cyril Ramaphosa, another basket of prettily wrapped promises. The naïve and hopeful masses, including investors, lapped it up. But Ramaphosa hasn’t been great at keeping promises — and the new ones will be just as hard to keep.
The President has been poorly advised in making an announcement about setting up a special unit to probe State Capture. If he follows through, he can expect to be sued by those who do have genuine fealty to constitutionalism and the rule of law.
Official records put Duduzane Zuma and two Gupta brothers on a China-bound flight with former ANC MP, Vytjie Mentor, but a crucial meeting where former President Jacob Zuma allegedly appeared at the Guptas’ Saxonwold home, remains unconfirmed.
The Guptas, through their legal representatives, have told the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture that they want their own video of an inspection of the family's Saxonwold home to be submitted as evidence.
South Africa’s debt-laden, state-owned power utility, which intensified supply cuts that threaten businesses Monday, continues to represent a significant risk to the country’s finances and President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plan to split the company into three does little to address the producer’s problems, Moody’s Investors Service said.
Many people are disappointed in the results of 25 years of democratic rule. Ought the developments we have witnessed, the widespread abuse of resources and illegality, to have been foreseen and could these have been prevented? The answers are difficult, though many in the ANC-led liberation movement had limited preparation for notions like the separation of party and state.
In 2015, when South African Menswear Week kicked off, it offered new hope to an industry that often struggles to balance creative aspiration with business success. As the platform presented its ninth season last Saturday, we caught up with co-founder Simon Deiner, as well as three designers who’ve shown on the platform.