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.
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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?

Sam Koma
“Mabuza’s swearing-in postponement could be motivated by political interest” 23 May 2019, 10:12 AM

Head researcher at Milpark Business School, Dr Sam Koma, says the issue of Deputy President David Mabuza might have been motivated by political interest.

Mabuza’s move to postpone swearing in strange: Analyst 22 May 2019, 3:09 PM

Political Analyst and Associate Lecturer at Wits University, Thokozani Chilenga-Butao says it is strange that African National Congress (ANC) deputy president, David Mabuza is willing to have his swearing in as a Member of Parliament postponed.

Ramaphosa’s cabinet: who and what’s needed to end South Africa’s malaise 22 May 2019, 2:51 PM

South Africans recently went to the polls in a national election which the African National Congress (ANC) won by a wide margin.

Cameroon soldier
South Africa can stop the spiral of abuses in Cameroon 21 May 2019, 3:52 PM

South Africans love it when Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions fly the flag for African football at the Fifa World Cup, but they don’t pay much attention to its politics, or to its volatile neighbourhood.

“Ramaphosa’s new cabinet should showcase commitment to new dawn” 19 May 2019, 9:02 PM

Speculation on President Cyril Ramaphosa's make-up of the new cabinet is gaining momentum as he is expected to announce new ministers and deputies.

Call from International Scientific Community to Benin’s Patrice Talon 18 May 2019, 11:00 AM

The International Scientific Community urges Benin President Patrice Talon to call new elections on a new basis that guarantees, instead of excluding it before hand, the effective participation of the opposition in an open and transparent national competition.

Will the US Supreme Court reconsider abortion rights? 18 May 2019, 6:31 AM

American evangelicals have high hopes that the US Supreme Court, with its newfound conservative majority, will be tempted to chip away at its historic decision to legalize abortion.

Maimane’s resignation imminent: Analyst 14 May 2019, 3:05 PM

Political Analyst Asanda Ngoasheng says Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane's resignation is imminent. She says the DA is a party in turmoil and has an identity crisis.

The DA attitude – it’s not me it’s you 11 May 2019, 6:04 PM

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) reversal of fortunes on Elections day has been partly attributed to supporters deserting to the Freedom Front Plus (FF+). 

Ballot papers.
Spoilt votes could be attributed to the lack of faith in political parties: Analyst 11 May 2019, 7:54 AM

Political analyst Bheki Mngomezulu says the reason for the high number of spoilt votes in the province of KwaZulu-Natal could be attributed to South Africans wanting to exercise their right to vote, but not having sufficient faith in any political party.

Low voter turnout to favour smaller parties in provincial legislatures 10 May 2019, 2:12 PM

Author: Nkoe A Montja With the 88% of voting results already recorded, adding up to just over 14.1-million votes, it indicates possibly the lowest  voter turnout the country has ever seen since the inception of democracy. With a 62 – 65 percent turnout, the South African future would’ve been left in the hands of around […]

Mostly status quo for ANC and DA, but Gauteng still unclear 10 May 2019, 12:16 PM

Regardless of complaints and objections put forward by other political parties, particularly the smaller parties, the current state and projections indicate clearly that the ANC will still remain in power for the next administration period of five years.

Small shifts in voters allegiances evident 9 May 2019, 9:30 PM

By comparing the 2019 party vote share of voting districts to that of 2014 it is possible to see how voting patterns are changing.

VF Plus surges, but PAC, AZAPO, COPE and UDM not in the picture 9 May 2019, 10:44 AM

Author:  Nkoe A Montja With the current reading of the 2019 elections results, it seems a few parties and a few political leaders are in for a surprise. VF Plus, a party vaguely spoken about in the pre-election debate, is showing to be one of the smaller parties that could emerge into the top 5. […]