The South African government has issued a national ban on the sale of live chickens. The ban follows an outbreak of the contagious H5N8 avian flu virus on at least two farms – one in Mpumalanga and the other in the Free State – where they will now have to cull thousands of egg-laying birds. But it's not just the large-scale chicken farmers who will feel the economic impact of the ban – sellers of live chickens on the streets of Soweto are also being hit hard. By BHEKI C SIMELANE
In memory and honour of women and children who are being brutalised by violence in South Africa and to name and shame the perpetrators of this violence, Sizimbokodo will create a mobile memorial wall during women’s month. By MELI NCUBE.
Do government schools have the right to call themselves “Christian” places of learning? This was the dispute before the South Gauteng High Court, where a judge ruled on Wednesday that it is unlawful for a public school to subscribe to only one particular religion. It’s good news for the secular groups supporting the case; bad news for the likes of Afriforum and Solidarity, who attempted to frame the matter as an attack on the religious freedom of their community. By REBECCA DAVIS.
In a four-part lecture delivered as part of the Oliver Tambo Centenary Series, Former Justice ALBIE SACHS tackles different aspects of the Constitution that are tied in to critical issues facing the country right now. In part three we take a look behind the drafting of the Constitution. Many people horrified by current political developments in South Africa are reflecting negatively on the Constitution, some of them quite harshly. I think we increase the fallout when, instead of standing on the achievements of the past, we trample on them. We should be building on them. Far from the Constitution being the source of our problems, it provides the basic mechanism for dealing with them.
Eskom being constantly in the news for all the wrong reasons is masking a more structural problem – the utility’s financial sustainability as a vertically integrated public utility company in a rapidly changing world. By PIET VAN STADEN.
The ANC took back the mayorship in Mogale City on Wednesday night, only 10 months after losing it to a DA-led coalition in the last elections. The DA should have won the vote, but the municipality’s councillors have been unpredictable. The council’s future remains uncertain. By GREG NICOLSON.
No more Mr Nice Guy was the message delivered by Outa to President Jacob Zuma in Cape Town on Wednesday. The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse says it has compiled a mammoth dossier detailing several months of investigation into state capture, which it will present to Parliament, African National Congress’s NEC, the Hawks, the Minister of Police, the National Prosecuting Authority and the Public Protector, in an attempt to unseat Zuma. The question is, however, whether any accusations will stick to President Teflon. And whether his supporters will read it. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.