SABC Board
Media expert says finalising SABC editorial policies are imperative 16 April 2019, 10:49 AM

Media expert and academic Jane Duncan says one of the most important tasks which the SABC Board needs to undertake, is to finalise the editorial policies.

No to xenophobia
Rise in xenophobic violence as elections near 15 April 2019, 12:41 PM

Authorities in South Africa should urgently investigate, and arrest and prosecute those responsible for a spate of violence against foreign nationals in Durban from March 25 to April 2, 2019, the South Africa-based African Diaspora Forum and Human Rights Watch said today.

Ballot box with parties
With so many parties, is electronic voting the answer? 12 April 2019, 12:50 PM

When the IEC announced that 48 political parties would be on the national ballot of parties contesting the 2019 National election there was excitement everywhere with some lauding this as democracy in action.

World Anti-doping body must ‘play true’ or risk alienating unhappy affiliates 11 April 2019, 3:50 PM

In about a week from today, King’s college in London, England, will play host to a very important international conference, writes Abbey Makoe.

Gay McDougall stands alongside Nelson Mandela as he casts his vote on the 27th April 1994.
The sun came up… memories of April 27, 1994 10 April 2019, 6:49 PM

SABC Digital News is talking a look back at some moments from 25 years ago, when South Africa approached its first democratic election. Gay McDougall was one of five International Observers and is famously photographed alongside President Nelson Mandela as he cast his vote.

Expert raises concerns around Rwanda’s state of peace 8 April 2019, 10:05 AM

Senior Researcher from the Institute for Global Dialogue Faith Mabera has raised concerns around Rwanda’s state of peace and healing post the country’s 1994 genocide.  

Why cabinet, rather than parliament, is the centre of power for African women 7 April 2019, 10:32 AM

For many years, scholars have focused on women’s representation in legislatures. But in many African states power is in fact concentrated in the executive branch.

Ballot Paper
Challenges, opportunities for political parties ahead of elections 6 April 2019, 8:02 PM

South Africans will be spoiled for choice, with no fewer than 233 parties on the ballot paper when they take to the polls in May. The Electoral Commission of South Africa recently announced that it had received 47 political party applications, bringing the total of registered national political parties ahead of the elections to 285. The […]

IEC Ballot Paper
Adv Paul Hoffman on party candidate lists 4 April 2019, 10:53 AM

Accountability Now director, Advocate Paul Hoffman, is concerned that populating parliament with questionable characters will not advance that which the constitution requires of politicians.

People standing in a line outside voting station
Big political parties face disappointment if May 8 turnout is low 3 April 2019, 10:58 AM

Usually the large political parties collectively dominate elections to a massive extent. However recent by-elections, the last of which were held at the end of March, point to large gains for small parties like the FF+and the newly formed ATM.

Do our youth understand the importance of voting? 3 April 2019, 10:46 AM

The May national elections are looming and it’s important that the youth have their voices heard but how many young people have registered to vote?

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Parties aren’t taking big issues seriously in South Africa’s election campaign 2 April 2019, 10:50 AM

Steven Friedman, University of Johannesburg Democracy is meant to be a system in which political parties compete to convince the people that they have answers to their most pressing problems. South Africa’s election campaign shows that it does not always operate that way. The national and provincial elections on 8 May, in which the governing […]

Senior researcher at Human Rights Watch South Africa, Dewa Mavinga
Politicians urged to avoid making statements which could spark violence 2 April 2019, 9:57 AM

A senior researcher at Human Rights Watch South Africa, Dewa Mavinga, has cautioned politicians to avoid making statements which could spark violence ahead of the May 8 elections.

ATM’s by-election result raises eyebrows 1 April 2019, 6:05 PM

The African Transformation Movement (ATM) has won 30% of votes in Nyandeni ward 21 in the Eastern Cape.

A woman searches for materials to rebuild her home after the passage of Cyclone Idai, in Beira City, central Mozambique.
Poor coverage of floods in southern Africa? Blame the media bosses 31 March 2019, 10:12 AM

South African media has been criticised on social media for its initially superficial and underwhelming coverage of the massive floods in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi in the wake of the devastating Tropical Cyclone Idai

Child holding a candle
Why restructuring South Africa’s power utility won’t end the blackouts 30 March 2019, 9:43 AM

Recent power cuts and the announcement that South Africa’s power utility Eskom will be receiving R23 billion a year in government support for the foreseeable future are symptomatic of operational and financial crises at the utility.

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World Anti-Doping Agency scheduled to elect new head 29 March 2019, 8:24 AM

The World Anti-Doping Agency is scheduled to elect its new head when the public authorities group within the organization convenes for presidential elections in Montreal, Canada, on May 14.

Land reform in SA is doomed unless freed from political point-scoring 28 March 2019, 4:56 PM

Black landlessness has become a convenient weapon for political populists in South Africa. With elections around the corner, the lingering questions about land reform are ever more crucial and timely.

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Eskom in crisis, are the Water Boards next? 27 March 2019, 4:15 PM

The financial difficulties experienced by the power utility Eskom are due, in part, to the failure of several municipalities to pay the energy provider for bulk energy supplies.

KZN mayor Mluleki Ndobe.
The criminal justice system is weak: Analyst 26 March 2019, 9:11 AM

Political analyst Xolani Dube has expressed concern over the outcome of Monday’s court decision involving Harry Gwala District Mayor, Mluleki Ndobe.

IEC BANNER
South Africans go to the polls in May: what you need to know 26 March 2019, 8:05 AM

South Africa holds its sixth national election on May 8, coinciding with the country’s celebration of its silver jubilee as a democracy this year. The poll to choose national and provincial legislators is being billed as the most significant since apartheid ended in 1994.

Johannesburg households set to get poorer 25 March 2019, 3:45 PM

The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) recently announced its intention to impose a raft of rate and service charge hikes. These increases are due to be implemented in the second half of the 2019.

Floral tributes.
We need to stop conflating Islam with terrorism 25 March 2019, 10:24 AM

The Christchurch terrorist attack has shown us that we need to address the threat posed by far-right extremism to our ideals of peaceful social cooperation in a multicultural society. Unfortunately, in the aftermath of the shooting, some of the worst far-right commentary has blamed the Christchurch shooting on immigration laws, and Muslim communities themselves.

Fraud, fake healing and the manipulation of congregants: The flip side 22 March 2019, 4:32 PM

Fraud, fake healing, lavish lifestyles and the abuse and manipulation of congregants. The list goes on. There’s no doubt that Pastors have been grabbing headlines for all the wrong reasons in South Africa, writes Melini Moses.

Charting a new path for land reform 20 March 2019, 3:27 PM

State land alone is simply not enough to redress land reform. In a country where the majority of the population is black – it is a bitter pill to swallow that only 1-2% of black farmers operate in the commercial space, writes Keamogetse Kgomanyane.

Eskom
Ramaphosa has got it wrong on Eskom: Expert 18 March 2019, 6:30 PM

Energy expert Ted Blom says President Cyril Ramaphosa‘s assurance that electricity supply in the country will soon be back to normal will not end the inconvenience and disruptions that Eskom‘s ongoing blackouts are causing. The power utility says it will continue cutting power until Wednesday as it struggles with capacity shortages. Eskom says it has […]

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All Boeing 737 MAX flights grounded – and travellers could feel it… 15 March 2019, 8:02 AM

With investigations under way into two crashes of Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 aircraft, the US manufacturer has caved to pressure and grounded the entire global fleet totaling 371 planes.

How data collected from mobile phones can help electricity planning 14 March 2019, 1:59 PM

Access to reliable and affordable electricity brings many benefits. It supports the growth of small businesses, allows students to study at night and protects health by offering an alternative cooking fuel to coal or wood.

Why corruption in South Africa isn’t simply about Zuma and the Guptas 9 March 2019, 10:24 AM

Karl von Holdt writes that corruption in South Africa isn’t simply a matter of bad morals or weak law enforcement, but that it is embedded in processes of class formation – specifically, the formation of new black elites.

EFF support base growing faster than official opposition DA: Poll 8 March 2019, 5:50 PM

The latest election poll by the South African Institute of Race Relations puts the ANC at 55% of the national vote while the DA stands at 22% and the EFF at 12%.