Tax act could limit Public Protector’s powers: Analyst

12 November 2019, 9:55 AM
Analyst Levy Ndou says provisions in the Tax Act could prevent Public Protector Busiswe Mkwebane from obtaining former president, Jacob Zuma's tax information from SARS.
President Cyril Ramaphosa
The aim of the investment drive is to create jobs: Ramaphosa 11 November 2019, 12:39 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his weekly message to the nation, says the aim of our investment drive is to create jobs, but also to create other economic opportunities as businesses are established to produce and supply products and services.

A mining machine is seen at the Bayan Obo mine containing rare earth minerals.
Mining activities continue to dispossess black families in South Africa 10 November 2019, 7:12 AM

Dispossession in South Africa is associated with the period of colonialism and apartheid. As a result, not much consideration is given to how previously marginalised black communities continue to be dispossessed by coal-mining activities in democratic South Africa.

Raise tobacco tax to make cigarettes less affordable 9 November 2019, 10:22 PM

Tobacco tax remains the most effective, least used, public health intervention in the efforts to curb the tobacco epidemic in South Africa and abroad, writes Savera Kalideen.

Vuyo Mahlati
Current 1975 Expropriation Act unconstitutional: Mahlati 7 November 2019, 9:18 AM

The Deputy Chairperson of the Presidential Panel of Experts on Land, Vuyo Mahlati, says the current 1975 Expropriation Act is unconstitutional.

America must listen to Gorbachev and return to the nuclear treaty 5 November 2019, 1:51 PM

Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union who received a Nobel Peace Prize for presiding over the collapse of communism, gave a rare interview to the BBC the other day.

Sports, arts can foster social cohesion: Ramaphosa 4 November 2019, 9:07 AM

In the letter from the President's Desk, President Cyril Ramaphosa has lauded the victory of the Springboks this weekend saying it confirmed that South Africa is a nation determined to find unity in its diversity.

Moody’s credit rating affords SA breathing space: Economist 2 November 2019, 9:58 AM

Chief Economist at the Centre for Risk Analysis Ian Cruickshanks says the decision made on South Africa’s credit rating by Moody's is the best the country could have hoped for.

South Africa’s road killings: A window into the lawless psyche of our nation 30 October 2019, 5:50 AM

Road fatalities are often highlighted when public figures are killed, or during the festive season and holidays such as Easter, writes Jan Coetzee.

Ramaphosa upbeat about Russia’s trade with Africa 28 October 2019, 10:58 AM

Last week, I led a government delegation to the first Russia-Africa Summit, convened in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi.

Nigeria’s border closure has implications for Africa’s economic integration 28 October 2019, 8:02 AM

Nigeria recently partially closed its border with Benin in an effort to stem the smuggling of rice.

Nardos Bekele
Why the United Nations is still relevant to South Africa? 25 October 2019, 6:09 PM

The United Nations (UN) role in ending apartheid is well documented, what is less known is its relevance to a democratic South Africa (SA).

Film about Cape Town is being used to raise awareness, and to ask wider questions 24 October 2019, 6:10 AM

Academics have increasingly used video and other electronic methods to collect data and capture reflections from participants. But, until recently, it’s been less common to use film as way of disseminating the results of research. That’s beginning to change.

Herman Mashaba
‘Mashaba will play a key role in shaping the future of SA politics’ 22 October 2019, 10:33 AM

Don't write Herman Mashaba off. He is here to stay and will play a key role in shaping the future of South African politics. He is the kind of "accidental politician" electorates across the world, including South Africa, are increasingly attracted to, yearning for and enamoured with.

Russia- Africa Summit is an opportunity for the continent’s rapid economic growth 21 October 2019, 7:19 PM

Thirty five African leaders are expected to attend the inaugural Russia-Africa Summit this week. It will take place in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

From the desk of the President: load shedding 21 October 2019, 7:56 AM

The unexpected load-shedding last week disrupted the lives of millions of people in their homes, workplaces, and businesses. The cost to our economy of power outages is significant.

We are facing new threats to our freedom: Mahlase 20 October 2019, 10:37 AM

On Friday, the South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) hosted its annual fundraising dinner to commemorate the anniversary of Black Wednesday. SANEF Chairperson, Mahlatse Mahlase, says journalists are facing new threats to their freedom.

Black Consciousness in South Africa demands a much wider historical lens 19 October 2019, 9:08 AM

This year marks the 42nd anniversary of Black Wednesday, when the apartheid regime banned 18 civic organisations in a targeted attack on media freedom and civil society.

Alpha Conde
What limits? How African leaders cling to power for decades 18 October 2019, 3:28 PM

Guinea erupted in protest this week over proposals to draft a new constitution that could allow President Alpha Conde to extend his legal mandate and run for a third term in 2020.

We must go beyond singular responses in the fight against child poverty 18 October 2019, 10:38 AM

Two-thirds of children in sub-Saharan Africa face all manners of hardship. These include poor living conditions, low educational outcomes, high levels of malnutrition and often high risks of exposure to different forms of violence.

From the Desk of the President: Building an inclusive economy 14 October 2019, 8:05 AM

In his letter from the Desk of the President, this week, President Cyril Ramaphosa has focused on the economy and initiatives the government is taking to improve the country's competitiveness.

Abiy Ahmed has won the Nobel Peace Prize: but big challenges still await Ethiopia 12 October 2019, 10:02 AM

Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, has won the Nobel Peace Prize. He becomes the 100th Nobel Peace Prize winner, and the first Ethiopian to receive the accolade.

Insights from research on how to break cycle of violence against women 11 October 2019, 10:47 AM

In a recent speech President Cyril Ramaphosa emphasised the need for harsher sentences for the perpetrators of gender-based violence and femicide.

We did the sums on South Africa’s mental health spend. They’re not pretty 10 October 2019, 7:45 AM

South Africa has taken steps towards strengthening mental health care in the last 20 years. These include reforming the Mental Health Care Act 2002 and developing a National Mental Health Policy Framework and Strategic Plan 2013–2020.

DTI sends SA business owners to World Food Moscow Fair 9 October 2019, 12:20 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) deserves praise for funding a delegation of South African business owners to the World Food Moscow fair, an action-packed four-day food, and beverage annual event that attract scores of industry captains from around the world.

Could President Trump be impeached and convicted – but also reelected? 8 October 2019, 11:32 AM

The launching of an “official impeachment inquiry” into President Donald Trump’s conduct has sailed America into largely uncharted waters.

From the desk of the President: Buhari’s state visit 7 October 2019, 9:43 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa played host to President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria on a state visit. The President writes that it turned out to be an extremely successful visit.

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa launches ‘From the Desk of the President’ 30 September 2019, 1:52 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has introduced a weekly message known as “From the Desk of the President”, where he will be addressing issues that are of interest to South Africans.

Working towards universal internet access and digital equality in South Africa 30 September 2019, 12:00 PM

“All South Africans – and especially those who cannot afford it and other vulnerable groups – need a daily first tranche of free internet access to exercise their basic human rights such as access to government services, participating in the digital economy, looking for jobs, online communication and for learners and students to access online educational resources.  This is the only way to achieve universal access to information and digital equality amongst our citizens, including the rural poor who have access to mobile phones.”

Pushing pause on gender-based violence 25 September 2019, 11:01 AM

Games and films filled with violence are in our homes, on the Internet and on our smartphones. But does media reflect a violent society, or does it play a role in perpetuating violence and sexual abuse in society?

WADA must not let geopolitics influence how it handles Russian athletes 24 September 2019, 7:07 PM

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) needs to realize that the never-ending saga of its investigation into allegations of state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes is good for neither Russia nor itself.