Trump’s Africa strategy should have cast China as a regional partner, not a global adversary

18 December 2018, 11:54 AM
US President Donald Trump has finally approved a “New Africa Strategy”. His national security adviser, John Bolton, described the contents on 13 December at the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington.
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President Donald Trump and John Bolton.
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Names of Soviet/Russian heroic soldiers unveiled at Freedom Park 17 December 2018, 4:29 PM

One of the all-time challenges of history is that dubious characters in the chronicling of events and times often have a penchant for the falsification of history.

Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder 16 December 2018, 9:01 AM

Darlene Coker knew she was dying. She just wanted to know why. She knew that her cancer, mesothelioma, arose in the delicate membrane surrounding her lungs and other organs.

BRICS member countries leaders
Praise to ANC for hosting ground-breaking BRICS dialogues 14 December 2018, 10:49 AM

The recent gathering of the governing parties from the BRICS countries and their allies ought to be a source of praise to the ANC, writes Abbey Makoe.

IEC has its work cut out to ensure legitimate 2019 poll 13 December 2018, 11:19 AM

South Africa is among relatively few African countries that hold regular democratic elections with high levels of integrity, enabling citizens to choose their government. Since democracy in 1994, its elections have been consistently adjudged legitimate, free and fair.

Flags fly outside Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 13, 2018.
Foreign policy must prioritise SA’s national interests 12 December 2018, 10:23 AM

William Gumede suggests that a “new dawn” in foreign policy must prioritise South Africa’s national interests rather than be based on the narrow interests of the African National Congress as governing party, self-enrichment of prominent leaders, or on inflexible ideology.

Fraud alert: Purchase your dream car with eyes wide open 11 December 2018, 11:55 AM

The festive season is almost upon us, bringing with it the promise of a bonus or 13th cheque for many South African employees, writes Fouché Burges.

Michelle Bachelet in South Africa
US decision to pull out of the UNHRC regrettable 9 December 2018, 10:36 AM

Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, who wrapped up her visit to South Africa this weekend says the decision of the United States to pull out of the United Nation Human Rights Commission was regrettable. 

Power lines and a light globe.
South Africans may not experience a black Christmas: Analyst 8 December 2018, 10:02 AM

Energy analyst, Chris Yelland, is optimistic that South Africans will not experience load shedding over Christmas.

Coal’s lingering role complicates climate change efforts: Kemp 7 December 2018, 3:24 PM

Global coal consumption is set to remain steady in absolute terms through the middle of the century, even as its relative share of total energy consumption declines in favour of oil, gas and renewables.

Picture of a green field.
Mixed opinion on land expropriation report vote 5 December 2018, 10:24 AM

DA MP and Former Chairperson of Parliament's Review Committee on Land, share their opposing views on the passing of the Constitutional Review Committee report on land expropriation.

Man on a wheelchair.
Disabled people in Africa get a raw deal. What’s been done to fix this… 3 December 2018, 7:38 AM

The African Commission has drafted a new protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights that emphasises the importance of the right of people with disability to have equal recognition before the law.

75% of all people living with HIV know their HIV status: New UNAIDS report 1 December 2018, 4:50 PM

Report calls for increased efforts to reach the 9.4 million people living with HIV who are not aware that they are living with the virus and the estimated 19.4 million people living with HIV who do not have a suppressed viral load.

Babies born to mums with HIV face higher risks even though they’re HIV negative 1 December 2018, 8:27 AM

One of the most remarkable public health successes of the last decade in southern Africa has been the reduction in the number of babies born with HIV. This was achieved through the provision of antiretroviral therapy to pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV. For example, the number of new HIV infections in children in […]

Corruption costs 28 November 2018, 6:48 PM

The myth that corruption has no victims is a dangerous fallacy. Some politicians argue, and many of their supporters agree, that they (politicians) may be guilty of corruption, but they did not commit a “serious” crime, like killing someone.

DRC flag
DRC deserves world support to pull it out of its shambles 25 November 2018, 7:05 PM

The DRC is gearing up for a rare round of elections, but as usual an aura of pessimism seems to override whatever optimism there is.

Study sheds light on scourge of “fake” news in Africa 24 November 2018, 10:34 AM

Concerns about “fake news” have dominated discussions about the relationship between the media and politics in the developed world in recent years.

Rohingya refugees
South Africa sits on sidelines in UN Vote on Rohingya 21 November 2018, 4:55 PM

This month, the President Cyril Ramaphosa government missed its chance to stand up for the victims of an ethnic cleansing campaign that has caught the world’s attention for its callous brutality.

SA economy needs growth agenda – and there is no room for further tax increase 21 November 2018, 7:22 AM

With each passing day, South Africans are waking up to the disturbing reality of how close the country came to the brink of oblivion. Revelations at the Zondo and Nugent inquiries are enough to jolt even the most placid amongst us to ask deep questions about the bona-fides of those who were charged with running […]

Mabuza’s love for Russian medicine is his healing experience 20 November 2018, 1:29 PM

Deputy President David Mabuza’s view is that the Russians are quite good when it comes to treating poison. Since 2015 after he was poisoned during his birthday party, Mabuza has been to and fro Moscow four times.

Land
South African court resets power balance between villagers, mines and chiefs 20 November 2018, 8:33 AM

South Africa’s Constitutional Court recently passed an important judgment that’s fundamentally challenged the power imbalance between mining companies and local communities in rural parts of the country.

Patricia de Lille briefing the media.
We are waiting to see whether De Lille will have feet on the ground: Analyst 19 November 2018, 6:23 AM

Political analyst Tinyiko Maluleke says South Africans are waiting to see whether former Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille will manage to raise sufficient funds to embark on a credible campaign ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Cheryl Zondi
Survivors of sexual violence in South Africa are finally finding their voices 16 November 2018, 7:43 AM

The story of Cheryl Zondi, the brave young woman who took the stand in a South African court to testify against Nigerian pastor and rape accused Timothy Omotoso has recently dominated news headlines.

In solemn Paris ceremony, Macron leads global WW1 Armistice commemorations 12 November 2018, 7:17 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron led tributes to the millions of soldiers killed in World War One on Sunday, using an emotional ceremony in Paris attended by scores of world leaders to warn against nationalism a century on from the conflict.

Africa Investment Forum exceeds expectations, participants unanimously agree 10 November 2018, 7:47 AM

The curtain fell on a three-day marathon investment marketplace, on Friday, with transactions worth billions of dollars sealed.

Mmusi Maimane
DA has right to compel President to fire ministers: Analyst 7 November 2018, 8:56 AM

Political Analyst, Dr. Mcebisi Ndletyana says the Democratic Alliance(DA) has every right and is within the constitutional mandate to compel President Cyril Ramaphosa to fire ministers, Bathabile Dlamini and Malusi Gigaba.

US President Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin
Trump’s America is the greatest threat to world peace 6 November 2018, 5:15 PM

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy doesn’t make too many public pronouncements lately, but his views are still highly esteemed across Europe and the entire West.

Madagascar: three presidents, three crises 5 November 2018, 5:58 AM

Madagascar's past three presidents, all in the running against 43 other candidates in the presidential vote on November 7, each had their terms tarnished by political crises.

Explainer: lessons from the collapse of a small South African bank 3 November 2018, 7:27 AM

Kuben Naidoo, South African Reverse Bank deputy governor and CEO of the country’s Prudential Authority. Flickr/UNU-WIDER Jannie Rossouw, University of the Witwatersrand The South African Reserve Bank placed VBS, a small mutual bank, under curatorship in March this year against a backdrop of a serious liquidity crisis. The initial findings of the curator revealed significant […]

Birthplace or blood: citizenship around the world 2 November 2018, 7:18 PM

US President Donald Trump has vowed to abolish birthright laws that automatically give children born in the country the status of US citizens regardless of the nationality of their parents.

South African voters are moving beyond party loyalty: they want delivery 1 November 2018, 7:43 AM

The attention of South Africans has recently been firmly fixed on issues of good governance – or more specifically on its failures. This is due partly to several exposés of scandals involving former President Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family.