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.
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Brown has been sidelined: Analyst 21 January 2018, 9:39 AM

Minister for Public Enterprises, Lynn Brown seems marginalised when Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa announced the new Eskom Board.

Africa should respond to Trump’s racist rant by taking the moral high ground 20 January 2018, 10:29 AM

Official reactions from Africa were appropriately critical of President Donald Trump’s credibly reported comments about not wanting more immigrants coming to the US from “shithole” countries. This included all those south of the Sahara. A few reactions even included constructive suggestions.

Roll on 2018… the year’s 4 biggest tech predictions 19 January 2018, 11:46 AM

2018 will see the continued advancement of some key technology realms: most notably in the areas of Virtual and Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and voice-enabled chat and Chatbot interactions.

Ramaphosa should end SA’s presidential merry-go-round 17 January 2018, 8:09 AM

A Maths and Science academy in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape has received a major boost after welcoming four Cuban Maths and Science specialists.

Ramaphosa takes on ANC leadership role with alacrity: and clarity of intent 15 January 2018, 1:40 PM

Cyril Ramaphosa, the newly elected President of South Africa’s governing African National Congress, made his position clear when he delivered a much anticipated speech to mark the ANC’s 106th birthday over the weekend.

Does microfinance really alleviate poverty? The 34-billion-dollar question 14 January 2018, 8:45 PM

Despite around US$34 billion in funding and numerous microfinance initiatives to help entrepreneurs in the world’s poorest countries, informal moneylenders and predatory loan sharks continue to thrive.

H&M protest damaging EFF’s reputation: Analyst 14 January 2018, 7:57 AM

Political analyst Lesiba Teffo has described EFF members' ransacking of international clothing retailer H&M's shops in Johannesburg and Cape Town as a serious criminal act which could have unintended consequences. 

Pressure on Ramaphosa to sustain positive business mood: Analyst 12 January 2018, 9:24 AM

Investment analyst Nadir Thokan says there's pressure on ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa to deliver on issues such as employment and reducing inequality to sustain the current positive business mood.

Thabo Rakhale’s loan transfer – sign of self-hatred? 12 January 2018, 9:09 AM

For any African football person, in whatever capacity, to admonish African flair … that is self-hatred, writes Sipho Kekana. This is who we are and we are fighting it! We are victimising our jewels for shining. South Africa is not an extension of Europe. We are not a province of Europe.

South Africans are trying to decode Ramaphosa (and getting it wrong) 11 January 2018, 8:46 AM

During the Cold War, a new profession emerged – “Kremlinologists”, a hodge-podge of academics, journalists, other scoundrels, and commentators, who would study every minute detail of the behaviour of Soviet Union leaders when they were in public.

Political process must pave way for Zuma impeachment: Expert 10 January 2018, 7:19 AM

Constitutional Law expert Professor Pierre De Vos says political processes will determine whether  President Jacob Zuma is impeached or not.

A tribute to Keorapetse Kgositsile, South Africa’s only poet laureate 7 January 2018, 8:20 PM

Memories of Keorapetse Kgositsile (1938-2017) or Bra Willie, as he was affectionately known, are of a poet who always had a smile on his face.

To lead South Africa, Ramaphosa must balance populism and pragmatism 5 January 2018, 9:17 AM

ANC Presidetnt Cyril Ramaphosa's maiden speech showed he might indeed be the leader South Africa has been waiting for.

Class of 2017 have a bright future ahead of them, say 49% of South Africans 3 January 2018, 2:28 PM

Matriculants are eagerly awaiting the 2017 matric results due to be released between the 3rd and 4th of January 2018.

Parliament must commence impeachment proceedings against Jacob Zuma 29 December 2017, 2:57 PM

The Constitutional Court has delivered yet another blow to President Zuma and his keepers, writes Mmusi Maimane

Traditional universities are on the way out: online is the future for Africa 29 December 2017, 9:16 AM

Education has two faces in today’s world, according to a recent World Bank report.

Zuma’s State Capture appeal likely to be unsuccessful: Analyst 23 December 2017, 7:03 AM

A legal expert believes President Jacob Zuma's application seeking leave to appeal the High Court's State Capture ruling has no chance of success.

Who is Cyril Ramaphosa? A profile of the new leader of South Africa’s ANC 21 December 2017, 7:30 AM

South Africa’s governing party, the African National Congress (ANC), has a new president - Cyril Ramaphosa. But who is he?

Call for unified engagements to fund free education 20 December 2017, 9:50 PM

Fees-Must-Fall student leader, Fasiha Hassan, says there is an urgent need for students, universities, the Department of Higher Education, National Treasury and other stakeholders to discuss a way forward on funding free higher education.

Why Ramaphosa won’t be able to deliver the three urgent fixes South Africa needs 20 December 2017, 7:35 AM

The competition for the top six leadership positions in South Africa’s governing party, the ANC, was no carefully choreographed script such as the one-candidate-per-election of Chinese Communist Party congresses.

Why the NEC will be important for Ramaphosa 19 December 2017, 7:57 PM

On Tuesday  evening, delegates at the 54th African National Congress will vote for the party's National Executive Committee (NEC).

Forging unity up to NEC 19 December 2017, 6:59 PM

  We all watched the Top Six elections at the African National Congress’ (ANC) National Conference with baited breath. After what felt like endless hours, the highly anticipated announcement was met with joyous celebration and disheartening dismay. This is due to the massive rift within the ANC, as Ronesh Dhawraj, Senior Political Researcher, explains. “If […]

A chance for the International Criminal Court to fix sex crimes injustice 18 December 2017, 9:48 AM

The ICC marks the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute that established it, next year.

Still a race to be decided…. 17 December 2017, 7:12 PM

Political analysts are of the the view that votes can go either way between the two main contenders in the race for ANC president.

A broken symbiosis: The media and the liberation movement 17 December 2017, 5:06 PM

  The African National Congress’s National Conference has a rich history with its roots stemming in 1912. In March 1913, The South African Native National Convention (SANNC) who would later be renamed the ANC, met for its first inaugral annual conference with approximately 106 delegates. Fast forward to 2017, the ANC has a whopping 4776 […]

Electoral flaws make ANC systems vulnerable to crookery 16 December 2017, 4:10 PM

The number of cases brought successfully against ANC pseudo structures exposes the inherent weakness of the ANC as an organisation in relation to those of its members with narrow private interests who feel entitled to lead the party. The simplest way to contest a leadership position in a democratic culture is for one to present […]

Urgent NEC meeting a sign of desperation: Analyst 16 December 2017, 1:13 PM

Labour analyst Terry Bell says the fact that members of the ANC National Executive Committee have been holding an emergency meeting ahead of the party's national elective conference is a clear indication that the ruling party is in serious trouble.

Leadership battle 15 December 2017, 6:02 PM

What will no doubt occupy centre stage at the 54th National Congress of the ANC, is the contestation between the two front-runners for the position of Leader of the ANC, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa. The strengths and weaknesses of both candidates have been well documented, and the question that must be answered is whether […]

Will the good leaders of the ANC please stand up 15 December 2017, 3:03 PM

I first heard of the ANC in 1952, I was doing my standard six when members of the Defiance Campaign were visiting my school. Until that time, I had not heard anyone challenge the apartheid massage that blacks where inferior to whites. The message they preached captured me. When I got to high school, I […]

South Africa needs electoral reform, but president’s powers need watching 15 December 2017, 8:20 AM

Within a short time, the 4000 odd delegates to South Africa’s governing African National Congress’s 54th National Conference will elect a new party leader.