When the City of Cape Town was asked by an environmental writer in July 2009, “How long will Cape Town’s water supplies last?”, the city responded that the the Berg River Dam will provide enough water until 2020. Posed with the same question, the national Department of Water and Environment Affairs said the city will run into shortages by 2012. What might the City have done had they listened?
The almost daily disclosures about the shenanigans of ANC politicians and their redeployed government bureaucrats reveal that our beloved country is being dismantled for capture and sale (with huge discounts for buyers located in Saxonwold). Mcebisi Jonas, the former deputy finance minister, has suggested that we have experienced a “silent coup” and that SA had become a corrupt “shadow state”. Consequently, the progress and achievements of the anti-apartheid Struggle are being reversed.
DAVID LEWIS: Blowing the whistle on the Speaker: Refusing a secret ballot would be a parliamentary obstruction
We go to great lengths to protect Corruption Watch’s reporting channels from infiltration. Most journalists would sooner go to prison than reveal the identities of confidential sources. Legislatures, including our own, pass laws solely intended for the protection of whistle-blowers. So, why the demand for an open ballot in the pending vote on a motion of no confidence?
Pierre de Vos: ConCourt judgment explicitly links access to land and housing with the protection of dignity
In South Africa, the dispossession from land of black people by white people is the original sin of colonial conquest, a sin whose consequences loom large over present day South Africa. Last week the Constitutional Court handed down a judgment of considerable rhetorical power to address a modest aspect of this legacy.
Over the past couple of weeks we have seen horrific gender-based violence, in particular rape, hit the front pages of papers. We gasped as a nation in shock at the brutal death of Karabo Mokoena, the numerous cases of kidnapping of young women, and the gang-rape of a 22-year-old pregnant women by 11 men. These incidents, among thousands of others, require of us to re-analyse a few critical social values that we lack as a society, and for us to address the ongoing violent culture that permeates South Africa.
Outstanding payment of TV producers contracted by SABC amounts to R150-million and counting. This has once again severely affected the fledgling industry – affected companies are now demanding full payment and are threatening to withhold programming unless payment is made. This is set to further erode the quality of the shows and in turn negatively affect advertising revenues. The future of the public broadcaster is not only in the balance, the recent attempts to turn around the situation face a huge conundrum.
Over the last 23 years, the ANC has sought to manage the affairs of state in the most responsible manner. We have made significant progress. Our nation is however capable of accelerating the pace and deepening the scope of change and collectively mitigating the risks that arise.