The Press Council pays tribute to Joe Thloloe, a gentle giant in SA media

9 August 2018, 9:36 AM
The Press Council paid a moving tribute to revered veteran journalist Joe Thloloe at its annual general meeting.
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South Africans rate Cyril Ramaphosa 18 August 2018, 9:32 PM

The first part of 2018 has been a bumpy ride for South African politics – as predicted by political analysts at the beginning of the year. 

‘Guiding force for good’: World mourns loss of Kofi Annan 18 August 2018, 3:51 PM

There was an outpouring of condolences from leaders around the world on Saturday after the death of former United Nations Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan.

DRC 2018 elections 8 August 2018 16 August 2018, 4:42 PM

Long ahead of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential poll on 23 December 2018, the conditions appear already stacked against the opposition candidates, writes William Gumede.

Sizwe Mbele smiling
Is the NPA imperilled by constitutional ambivalence? 16 August 2018, 11:05 AM

The NPA is at a crossroad: not one that will necessarily occasion its collapse, but one that will most certainly force it to acknowledge and respond to the competing interests and tendencies bent on capturing resources.

VS Naipaul rubbing his eyes
VS Naipaul: a man who cast doubt on post-colonial liberal certainties 16 August 2018, 7:29 AM

No author in contemporary times more wilfully damaged his reputation with cantankerous observations as did VS Naipaul.

Mnangwagwa undermined Zimbabwe’s judiciary: Expert 11 August 2018, 1:29 PM

Legal expert Advocate Fadzayi Mahere says Zimbabwe's president-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa’s announcement that opposition leader Tendai Biti was released following his intervention undermined public confidence in the country's judicial system.

President Cyril Ramaphosa looking down.
Property Rights and development prospects 10 August 2018, 10:12 AM

President Ramaphosa recently stated that the ruling party would seek an amendment to the Constitution to facilitate land expropriation without compensation.

How a phone app and a database served up Imran Khan’s Pakistan poll win 6 August 2018, 11:08 AM

A phone app and a database of more than 50 million voters were key weapons in the successful campaign of cricket legend Imran Khan in last month's general election

China won’t accept U.S. trade ‘blackmail’: state media 5 August 2018, 10:06 AM

China’s state media said on Saturday the government’s retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods showed rational restraint and they accused the United States of blackmail.

BRICS leaders adopted the Johannesburg declaration
Mbele unpacks BRICS summit outcomes 3 August 2018, 1:01 PM

Can the BRICS Africa Outreach agenda elevate BRICS’ relations with the African continent to a new level of cooperation?

Protesters barricaded the road with stones
Zimbabwe’s historic elections: a case of leopards not changing their spots 3 August 2018, 10:15 AM

Zimbabwe’s general elections on July 30 were being labelled as “historic”. For the first time since independence in 1980, the ballot paper featured the faces of new presidential candidates, Emmerson Mnangagwa and Nelson Chamisa.

The free movement of people is an AU ambition: what’s standing in its way 31 July 2018, 7:36 AM

The African integration project took several major steps this year. One of them was the African Union’s adoption of a protocol on the free movement of people.

Zimbabwean press accused of lack of balance 29 July 2018, 5:30 PM

Electoral Network of Southern Africa observer Bishop Paul Verryn says the media has not contributed to ensuring a free and fair election for Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe poll explained: ballot papers galore, and loads of new politicians 28 July 2018, 6:20 PM

When Zimbabeans go to the polls they will be voting in what’s been dubbed “harmonised” elections.

As global headwinds batter countries in BRICS, can it stay the course? 28 July 2018, 11:25 AM

The priorities and themes of the 10th BRICS Summit, ranging from peacekeeping to collaboration around the 4th Industrial Revolution, provide a number of issues that summit leaders say they want to pursue.

A guide to the longest full eclipse of the moon this century, and more 27 July 2018, 12:25 PM

On July 27th, 2018 most of the world will be treated to an extraordinary evening of activity in the sky.

Is EFF the new COPE? 25 July 2018, 3:58 PM

Is EFF the new COPE? is an opinion piece written by Lennox Ralebona on EFF’s second year anniversary in 2015. This week the Economic Freedom Fighters celebrates its 5th anniversary.

BRICS summit in Johannesburg: here’s what the five countries are looking for 25 July 2018, 11:47 AM

All eyes are on Johannesburg for the 2018 BRICS summit, as the likes of Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi take their places at the table. It marks the tenth annual gathering for this international organisation of the leading emerging economies. So what can we expect? The summit of the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, […]

The BRICS summit will take place in Sandton.
How to judge the success of the BRICS summit? Three questions will do the trick 24 July 2018, 8:45 AM

The 10th BRICS summit to be hosted by South Africa is going to be closely watched. It comes at a time when extraordinary global political and economic challenges are facing the world. The BRICS bloc is made up of 5 of the leading countries in the global South — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The […]

South Africa is one of the most “unsafe” countries: Law and Order index 23 July 2018, 9:17 AM

South Africa is the sixth least secure country out of the 142 countries with an index value of 58,    that’s according to the Gallup 2018 Global Law and Order report.

Despite the risks, migration fixates many in Ivory Coast 19 July 2018, 5:59 AM

Ivory Coast is the fourth biggest source of migrants seeking to get to Europe, according to the UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM) -- an illegal influx that has caused a political ruckus in European countries.

2018 FIFA World Cup review – Europe’s rise in dominance 18 July 2018, 6:12 PM

What started as a World Cup with all the confederations represented has ended of looking more Euro than World. It ended like a European Cup with only two South Americans teams, Brazil and Uruguay, in the Round of 8 and an exclusive club of Euro members, Belgium, Croatia, England and France, in the Round of 4.

Pres Barack Obama delivers Nelson Mandela lecture 17 July 2018, 10:11 PM

Former US President Barack Obama has said in his Nelson Mandela Lecture that Madiba's focus on human rights remains a key lesson for the world.

Blame politicians, not Mandela, for South Africa’s unfinished business 17 July 2018, 8:40 AM

July 2018 marks Nelson Mandela’s centenary year. Why is he still so revered across the world?

Obama’s Mandela lecture comes at an auspicious time for democracy 14 July 2018, 9:03 AM

Former US President Barack Obama will aim high with his Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg on July 17th.

Demands in Eskom talks could cause financial instability 14 July 2018, 7:21 AM

Some economists say the unions in the Eskom wage talks are being ambitious by asking for a salary increase of more than seven per cent

Trump’s portrayal of NATO in crisis carries risks for alliance 13 July 2018, 7:29 PM

Donald Trump's portrayal of NATO as an alliance in crisis has raised concern that the U.S.president's nagging criticism might erode U.S. public support ...

A big moment for Africa: why the MeerKAT and astronomy matter 13 July 2018, 8:07 AM

Astronomy in Africa will take a giant leap forward with the unveiling of the 64-dish MeerKAT array in South Africa on July 13. The MeerKAT will be the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the southern hemisphere until the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is completed.

Analysis: Set-piece decider proves it is still a simple game 11 July 2018, 4:33 PM

For all the intricate planning, cagey tactics and chess-like choreography, the simplicity of football was again emphasised as France secured a place in the World Cup final from a basic set-piece. Antoine Griezmann’s near-post corner was firmly glanced in by Samuel Umtiti as he beat Marouane Fellaini in the air to earn France a 1-0 […]

Obama’s Mandela lecture comes at an auspicious time for democracy 11 July 2018, 9:33 AM

Former US President Barack Obama will aim high with his Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johanesburg on July 17th. According to his close adviser and former speechwriter Benjamin J. Rhodes, Obama views this as the most important speech he has given since leaving the White House, one that will set the tone for his post-presidency. Obama must deliver […]