National and provincial elections

22 February 2019, 4:21 PM
The run-up to the 2019 National and Provincial elections has begun and on 8 May 2019 millions of South Africans will cast their votes in the country’s sixth democratic elections
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Leadership expert Dr Mazwe Majola
DA manifesto focuses on reform and not transformation: Analyst 23 February 2019, 7:01 PM

Leadership expert Dr Mazwe Majola says the Democratic Alliance's (DA) manifesto is based on reform rather than transformation.

Smoke, mirrors and clarity? 20 February 2019, 2:19 PM

Inflation erodes the value of the Rand and impacts negatively on our quality of life. There nevertheless seems to be a few advantages to high inflation rates such as that experienced in South Africa.

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What business expects from Mboweni’s budget 2019 20 February 2019, 7:39 AM

The tabling of the annual national budget speech by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on February 20 is being rightly heralded by all stakeholders as a significant milestone in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plans to get South Africa on a high growth path, writes Bonang Mohale, Business Leadership SA CEO.

Views on SA economy: Hope or despair? 19 February 2019, 3:35 PM

In 2019 news related to the South African economy has been particularly gloomy so far. 

At the heart of the PIC’s woes is a lack of ethical leadership and failure to govern 18 February 2019, 4:52 PM

The problems besetting the PIC lie at the intersection of the organisation’s expansion since its corporatisation in 2005 and the systematic capture of Board committees by senior executives, influenced by insatiable greed, writes Sizwe Mbele.

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Illicit trade threatens legitimate industries 15 February 2019, 5:43 PM

The public debate that has been ensuing of whether the last nine years under Jacob Zuma were wasted is immaterial. It is unnecessary to engage in a debate that is based on evidence which is available for all to see, writes Bonang Mohale.

Eskom announced last year that it has asked Nersa for a 15% electricity tariff increase per year for the three financial years.
Rescue Eskom or rescue the economy? 15 February 2019, 3:01 PM

The recent bout of loadshedding brings to the fore Eskom's precarious financial situation.

What a major offshore gas find means for South Africa’s energy future 14 February 2019, 11:39 AM

Many South African politicians, economists and specialists in the energy sector are celebrating the news that a promising show of natural gas has been discovered in deep water south of Mossel Bay. It was found in an offshore prospecting area called Brulpadda, which is licensed to global energy giant Total.

Matthew Booth
Race to the finish line heating up in the Absa Premiership 13 February 2019, 8:57 PM

Former Bafana Bafana and Mamelodi Sundowns defender Matthew Booth believes that the ABSA Premiership title race will go down to the wire.

Cosatu strike, loadshedding to impact negatively on gold mining sector 13 February 2019, 7:55 AM

Economist Henk Lagenhoven says mining companies will be faced with two major obstacles on Wednesday - Eskom's Stage3 load shedding and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) nationwide strike against job losses.

Explainer: why South Africa’s energy generator is in so much trouble 12 February 2019, 6:13 AM

Rod Crompton, University of the Witwatersrand Eskom is by far the largest of South Africa’s many state owned companies. This near monopoly power utility is in crisis. It’s the single largest threat to South Africa’s economy, according to a former minister of finance. The Conversation Africa spoke to Adjunct Professor Rod Crompton about why this […]

Protection of whistle-blowers under the spotlight 12 February 2019, 12:06 AM

The protection of whistle-blowers has once again come under spotlight in the country.

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa.
President Ramaphosa’s magic is exactly what the country requires in this moment 11 February 2019, 6:45 PM

South Africa may be far from perfect, but ours is a truly blessed country, writes Abbey Makoe.

Why South Africa’s latest plan for state-owned power giant could work 11 February 2019, 12:12 PM

Lauren Hermanus, University of Cape Town and Catrina Godinho, University of Cape Town South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has unveiled a new plan for the country’s beleaguered state owned power utility, Eskom. During his State of the Nation Address on 7 February, Ramaphosa announced that Eskom would be unbundled into “three separate entities – generation, […]

The commission chaired by Justice Raymond Zondo has heard shocking testimony on the extent of corruption in government.
A democracy or a kleptocracy? How South Africa stacks up 9 February 2019, 8:56 AM

South Africans have been held spellbound by the torrent of evidence of corruption emerging from two parallel commissions of inquiry – into state capture, and the fitness to hold office of two senior officials of the National Prosecuting Authority.

Cyril Ramaphosa
SONA, a great electioneering speech: Analyst 8 February 2019, 10:30 AM

Public policy analyst TK Pooe says President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address sounded more like a mini electioneering speech than a summary of what government has achieved in the last five years.

Macron clutching at straws to blame Russia for a wave of yellow vest protests 7 February 2019, 10:38 AM

Eighteen months ago, France’s President Emmanuel Macron ascended the highest office in the land after he swept to a resounding election victory over far-right wing politician Marine Le Pen.

Why delays to fixing health care are bad news for South Africans 5 February 2019, 5:22 PM

The release of a final report about the state of competition in South Africa’s private health sector has been delayed again.

China’s President Xi Jinping
Ties between African countries and China are complex. Understanding this matters 5 February 2019, 1:07 PM

The complex relationship between Africa and China has become even more complicated this year. Initially, 2018 was set to reaffirm the bond through the latest Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit held in Beijing in September.

Parliament Preview 2019 4 February 2019, 5:42 PM

It’s an election year so we can look forward to a frenetic schedule and disjointed calendar as the National Legislature is first dissolved and later re-constituted after the elections, writes Rashaad Alli.

Political analyst and former editor of the Sowetan newspaper, John Dludlu.
EFF needs to prove that they are ready to govern: Analyst 2 February 2019, 11:06 AM

Political analyst and former editor of the Sowetan newspaper, John Dludlu, says for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to fare well in the elections, it needs to prove to the public that they are ready to govern.

Ipsos global predictions for 2019 31 January 2019, 12:31 PM

The latest Ipsos Global Advisor poll was carried out in 31 countries around the world at the end of 2018.

Voter registration low amongst the youth 26 January 2019, 10:43 AM

The IEC’s focus on motivating young people in South Africa to register to vote in May this year is very necessary, as only six in every ten (61%) between the ages of 18 and 24 are already registered to vote.

President Donald Trump
US must be careful – sanctions on Moscow not effective 24 January 2019, 3:44 PM

At a time when the American democracy is under pressure from partisan politics between Republicans and Democrats, the country’s global influence is fast diminishing.

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Best countries in the world: how is SA doing 24 January 2019, 12:49 PM

"United States News" ranks 80 countries on how they are seen across the globe. These perceptions are used to identify which countries are the "best". 

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Three reasons why SA needed the commissions of inquiry 24 January 2019, 10:46 AM

There are no less than three commissions of inquiry running in South Africa at the moment. Three reasons why SA needed the commissions of inquiry, writes Bonang Mohale.

Ralph Mathekga
ANC should take responsibility for implicated members: Analyst 23 January 2019, 9:00 AM

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says that the ANC has a higher number of people who manipulated their positions and the trust the party had in them. This comes after bribery allegations were levelled against some senior ANC officials in the State Capture Commission of Inquiry.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim
World Bank president: list of reforms African states should be demanding 22 January 2019, 7:05 AM

The World Bank will launch the process for selecting the new World Bank President on 7 February.

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IEC gears up for voter registration weekend 22 January 2019, 5:51 AM

The coming weekend sees the IEC conduct its last concerted campaign to get citizens to register for the national election scheduled for later this year.

Kenyan police
Kenya’s security forces did better this time, but there are still gaps 21 January 2019, 7:31 AM

The Riverside terror attack on January, 15, 2019 was staged to reclaim the ground that terrorists have lost in Kenya’s geo-political territory.