By-elections suggest that DA decline may be accelerating

15 July 2019, 1:56 PM
In the first test of party support after the May General election, three by-elections were held on Tuesday last week.
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Crimes – feel it in the pocket 14 July 2019, 8:04 AM

The PIC and Zondo Commissions, official enquiries, AG reports and media reports have highlighted the staggering costs of corruption in the public and private sectors.

Time to bring Africa’s health solutions home 13 July 2019, 11:19 AM

Africa has proven that with the right levels of investment, it has the capacity to deliver breakthroughs to help overcome its disproportionate burden of disease, writes Prof Felix Dapare Dakora, President, The African Academy of Sciences (AAS).

An electronic toll gantry on a Johannesburg highway.
Spat over toll roads in South Africa shows poor people don’t count 12 July 2019, 7:34 AM

David Makhura, Premier of Gauteng Province and the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, have aired their differences over the electronic tolling of freeways in Gauteng on Twitter.

Hot summer ahead for sterling as UK economy, politics go sour 10 July 2019, 8:25 PM

Even after losing almost 20% of its value since the 2016 Brexit referendum, Britain’s pound continues to be dogged by economic, politic and diplomatic pressures, meaning investors now fear it could be in for another chaotic lurch lower over the summer. With sterling still acting as the clearest expression of financial markets’ take on Brexit […]

Nigeria to join AfCFTA 6 July 2019, 7:21 PM

Nigeria recently declared its intention of joining the Africa Continental Free Trade Area.

Money
Evolution of ANC economic policy sheds light on squabble over the central bank 6 July 2019, 11:46 AM

The recent squabble over the mandate of the South African Reserve Bank has very little to do with real economic policies. It is rather emblematic of the intensely polarised levels of political distrust that currently exists within the African National Congress (ANC), the governing party.

Under pressure from Trump, OPEC embraces Putin 4 July 2019, 5:13 PM

When Vladimir Putin announced at the weekend that OPEC would extend oil production cuts, broadcasting a deal before the group had even met to approve it, the move angered some member nations.

Trump-Kim III: publicity stunt or leap for peace? 30 June 2019, 7:16 PM

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un's meeting in the Korean Demilitarized Zone produced a barrage of headlines and images, but left analysts questioning whether it was a small step for publicity or a giant leap for peace.

SONA and the Chinese connection 26 June 2019, 5:32 PM

President Ramaphosa made two references to China in his recent State of the Nation Address.

Food market
South Africa should learn from Brazil about how to tackle ‘hidden hunger’ 23 June 2019, 11:35 AM

South Africa faces a double burden of hunger and malnutrition, on the one hand, and obesity with associated non-communicable diseases, on the other. In many countries, in both the global North and South, malnutrition and obesity frequently co-exist in the same people. This is a condition known as “hidden hunger”.

African democracy and its flaws 20 June 2019, 8:01 PM

Thursday's opening of Parliament celebrates the improvements made since 1994. While these improvements reflect what happened across the continent since 1989, Michael O'Donovan writes, we are reminded that both South Africa and the continent need to do much more before the full benefits of democracy are realized.

President Ramaphosa and Dr Motsepe
Ramaphosa must be realistic and promise less: Analyst 20 June 2019, 2:46 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa must set achievable short, medium and long terms goals, and promise less. This according to political analyst and research director at Unisa's democracy and governance programme, Professor Lesiba Teffo.

400 parliamentary representatives with start fashioning laws to govern the country 19 June 2019, 10:18 AM

Thursday sees the opening of the sixth parliament. From Thursday the 400 representatives elected by voters on May 8 start work fashioning the laws that will govern the country.

Study shows young South Africans have no faith in democracy and politicians 16 June 2019, 7:37 AM

On the eve of South Africa’s sixth democratic elections on 8 May, thousands of young people took to Twitter to state reasons for why they had no intention to cast their votes. They used the hashtag #IWantToVoteBut.

A tribute to Raymond Louw: a great South African editor and determined activist 15 June 2019, 2:36 PM

There are dictators and autocrats who are breathing a little easier today. The intolerant, the narrow-minded, the scared, the defensive, the haters of freedom and particularly freedom of speech, are watching us lay to rest the man who never left them alone.

South Africa has the world’s highest AIDS burden.
Adherence is delaying HIV elimination targets. What’s needed to break the cycle 15 June 2019, 11:43 AM

Most of the reasons people don’t take their medication aren't related to the antiretrovirals themselves, but rather social and systemic issues.

Child with albinism sitting in front of class to see clearly
Calls made to Moz govt for improved access to education for children with albinism 13 June 2019, 2:10 PM

Human Rights Watch is calling on the Mozambican government to do more to ensure equal access to education for children living with albinism. It's released a report, which has found that children living with the condition in the country's Tete province still face bullying, rejection and stigma.

Botswana court ruling is a ray of hope for LGBT people across Africa 13 June 2019, 9:12 AM

Botswana’s High Court has ruled that private consensual sex between adults of the same sex is no longer criminal.

Good and Services
The SA Economy “nine lost years” and still counting 12 June 2019, 7:04 AM

Data released by StatsSA last week indicate that the total value of all the goods and services produced in South Africa (i.e. the Gross Domestic Product or GDP) fell in the first quarter of 2019.

Queue jumping in Alex shack saga may be problematic: Analyst 9 June 2019, 8:48 AM

Political analyst, Somadoda Fikeni, says queue jumping may become an issue of contention should the City of Johannesburg forge ahead with their decision to rebuild shacks along the Jukskei River in Alexandra.

Young women in Soweto say healthy living is hard. Here’s why 6 June 2019, 9:06 PM

Alessandra Prioreschi, University of the Witwatersrand Data from South Africa has shown that over two thirds of young women are overweight and obese. This predisposes them to non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Most women are not exercising enough, and consumption of processed and calorie-dense foods and high amounts of sugar is common. It […]

Why a deadly shadow hangs over Everest summit 31 May 2019, 4:36 PM

As the return of cloud and frozen hurricane-force winds seal off Mount Everest for another year, questions are being asked about how to police the world's highest peak after the deadliest climbing season in years.

Despite health evidence against e-cigarettes, use among teens surge 31 May 2019, 9:53 AM

  While the risks and merits of e-cigarettes – or vaping – continue to be fiercely contested, medical evidence is stacking up to suggest that vaping could be as harmful as cigarette smoking. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health recently published findings that indicate bacterial and fungal toxins harmful to humans were found […]

Now is the time for South Africa to move forward: Analyst 30 May 2019, 8:55 AM

Business Leadership South Africa's Chief Operations Officer (COO), Busi Mavuso, says the government’s actions need to posture the country as an attractive investment destination.

Peter Baur
Ramaphosa set to move South Africa in a new direction: Analyst 26 May 2019, 9:48 AM

Economic analyst, Peter Baur, from the University of Johannesburg, says President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to move South Africa in a new direction towards economic development and increased international investment in the country.

Political analyst Professor Tinyiko Maluleke
Ramaphosa’s speech was a good omen: Analyst 25 May 2019, 1:23 PM

Political analyst Professor Tinyiko Maluleke says President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech was a wide-ranging and called it a good omen. Guided by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, Ramaphosa took the oath of office at the Loftus Stadium, Pretoria.

An Open Future for South Africa: On the Possibility of Loving and Growing Together 25 May 2019, 6:54 AM

I have spent the past two decades living in southern Africa, and often joke about being a “romantic, rather than economic, refugee.” I feel very at home in SA and in the region, as do my children who know this to be home. As Africa Day rolls around yet again, an incident two days ago […]

Unemployment rises again: Is this the impact of the minimum wage? 24 May 2019, 10:11 PM

The official statistics body, Statistics South Africa (StatsSA), released employment figures for the first quarter of 2019  (i.e. January to March) on Thursday.

African Cities – The roots of the African tree of life 24 May 2019, 8:24 PM

Despite the progress, unfortunately, most of our cities are still highly spatially fragmented due to segregated and class-based colonial planning systems, and in South Africa, apartheid planning policies, writes Andries Carl Nel.

Voters waiting to vote
What if the May election results applied to local government? 24 May 2019, 11:19 AM

What if the May election results applied to local government - a clear victory for the African National Congress at municipal level in May election?