Amid crises, frayed U.S. ties give China’s Xi political cover at home

16 August 2019, 4:01 PM
To the outside world, China's ruling Communist Party is confronting some of its strongest political and economic headwinds in decades.
SANEF and five others vs EFF and another – Setting the record straight 14 August 2019, 6:16 PM

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) notes and welcomes the public debate in the wake of our Equality Court application against the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and its leader, Julius Malema.

Mayor’s recall likely to divide ANC: Analyst 14 August 2019, 8:02 AM

Political Analyst Zakhele Ndlovu has warned that the recall of the embattled eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and the Msunduzi Municipal Mayor Themba Njilo is likely to further divide the African National Congress.

‘Legal battle with Mkhwebane will affect Ramaphosa’s credibility’ 11 August 2019, 6:14 PM

Some political analysts have warned that the current legal battles between President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Public Protector Busisiwe  Mkhwebane will have far-reaching consequences for Ramaphosa's credibility.

Diversity and inclusion for women 9 August 2019, 6:28 AM

Celebrating Women’s Month is not reverse prejudice or an attempt to discount the great men in society. Just as apartheid was dethroned because of activism, championing this course is in pursuit of redressing the inequalities through advocacy and leadership.

IEC ballot box
By-election results show a decline in DA support by 30% 8 August 2019, 12:27 PM

By-elections were held in 27 municipal wards across the country on Wednesday and just over half the elections were in wards which the DA won in the 2016 municipal elections.

Job seekers
Even the cost of being poor is rising 5 August 2019, 6:30 PM

Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) recently published updates to its Poverty Lines - the amount of income needed for individuals to sustain themselves.

Southern Africa needs better health care for women and girls on the move 4 August 2019, 9:52 AM

Although more men than women migrate the data shows that the number of women migrating within the Southern African Development Community region is rising. But there’s a limited understanding of migrant women’s complex experiences. And this means that women migrants are often categorised as being vulnerable, and at risk of poor health.

Role of women in traditional leadership positions under the spotlight 3 August 2019, 11:19 AM

As South Africa celebrates women's month this August, there has been differing views on the role of women in traditional leadership positions.

Why disaster readiness is critical for Africa – and what the Commonwealth is doing about it 2 August 2019, 12:56 PM

Five months ago, Cyclone Idai ripped through the Southern African region, causing a massive humanitarian disaster that affected three million people.

NHI will bridge gaps in healthcare system and cut costs 31 July 2019, 5:40 PM

There are few things more devastating than being denied quality healthcare because of one’s socio-economic status, writes GCIS's Phumla Williams.

Jerry Matjila
SA’s UN envoy Matjila is a shining light on resolving conflict amidst clamour for war 26 July 2019, 9:08 PM

South Africa is quite fortunate to have Ambassador Jerry Matjila as the country’s UN permanent representative.

Lesetja Kganyago
Kganyago laments political populism over calls to nationalise SARB 26 July 2019, 3:04 PM

SARB Governor, Lesetja Kganyago, came out strongly against the notion of private ownership which has led to the calls to nationalise the Reserve Bank.

‘ANC needs to reaffirm members’ commitment to constitutional principles’ 26 July 2019, 11:00 AM

Political Analyst Sandile Swana says in order for the ANC to deal with the recent drama around NEC member Derek Hanekom as well as allegations of state capture and corruption that have plagued senior members over the years, it needs to reaffirm its members' commitment and adherence to the party's constitutional principles.

Johnny Clegg performing
Johnny Clegg: South Africa’s universal man of uncommon passion 25 July 2019, 7:29 AM

Universal Man: Jonathan Clegg “Sikeyi” (1953-2019). “Sikeyi” is a Zulu dance praise name: “The peg through a yoke that secures oxen in position, from Afrikaans juskei (juk: yoke], referring to the capacity of a formidable dancer to hold his stand.”

Democracy in Africa: success stories that have defied the odds 24 July 2019, 9:03 AM

When I first said that I was going to write a book about the history of democracy in Africa, quite a few people responded with a joke. That will be one of the world’s shortest books, up there with the compendium of great English cooking, they would say.

The UK’s seizure of Iran’s oil tanker is a recipe for war 17 July 2019, 1:20 PM

In a fortnight of tense diplomatic stand-off between Iran and the UK, the latter appears to be making good on earlier promise that escalation of hostilities was not on the table.

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.

Handcuffs and court gavel
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.

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.