Tax act could limit Public Protector’s powers: Analyst

12 November 2019, 9:55 AM
Analyst Levy Ndou says provisions in the Tax Act could prevent Public Protector Busiswe Mkwebane from obtaining former president, Jacob Zuma's tax information from SARS.
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Don’t bet on the UN to fix climate change – it’s failed for 30 years 23 September 2019, 8:14 AM

The UN’s Secretary General António Guterres is calling on world leaders to come with concrete and realistic plans to bring their national net carbon emissions down to zero by 2050 at UN’s Climate Action Summit on September 23 in New York.

Xenophobia puts South Africa’s moral authority in Africa at risk 22 September 2019, 11:51 AM

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was heckled during the recent funeral service of Zimbabwe’s erstwhile leader Robert Mugabe. It was easy to guess why. When he stood to speak, Ramaphosa apologised for weeks of violence in his country targeted at non-national Africans.

Colombian cities gather green speed with electric buses 20 September 2019, 4:30 PM

Buses belching black clouds of smoke in Colombia's city streets could gradually become a thing of the past as two major cities in the South American nation launch fleets of electric buses to curb air pollution and planet-warming carbon emissions.

‘Who will apologise for those enslaved by Nigerians as prostitutes, drug addicts?’ 17 September 2019, 6:05 PM

Political analyst, Zamikhaya Maseti, says the Special Envoys deployed by President Cyril Ramaphosa should offer no apologies but rather a stern warning to the various governments to make sure their nationals adhere to the rule of law while in South Africa.

Cape Flats remains crime hot spot 12 September 2019, 7:25 PM

Analysis of data from the 2018/19 Crime stats reveals that Nyanga and Delft, both in Cape Town ,appear as two of the most dangerous places to live in, in South Africa.

More than half the country struggles to survive despite improving conditions in South Sudan 11 September 2019, 6:53 PM

 In spite of a slight improvement in the food security situation since June 2019, more than half the population of South Sudan – some 6.35 million people – do not know where their next meal will come from, three United Nations agencies warned today.

A Recipe for Africa: Tolerance, Trade and Youth Opportunity 6 September 2019, 6:25 PM

Africa has a recipe for sustainable growth, following this year’s agreement on a ground-breaking trade deal that promises to soften borders across the continent, the Co-Chairs of the World Economic Forum on Africa told participants in the closing session today.

South Africans weigh in on attitudes towards Women 6 September 2019, 4:20 PM

With the focus on Women during August, the demonstrations in Cape Town at the same time as the WEF conference on Africa and the attention in the media the last few weeks on incidents of gender-based violence, Ipsos examines the diverse opinions that South Africans have towards issues of women’s place in marital relations as well as violence towards women. 

Economic analyst does not believe in Mboweni’s recovery plan 31 August 2019, 8:41 AM

Economic analyst, Duma Gqubule, says he does not believe that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's strategy to help reduce the unemployment rate will have a major effect in the short term.

Socio-economic exclusion identified as one reason for Pretoria violence 28 August 2019, 6:03 PM

A researcher at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, Selby Xinwa, says the mistrust between police and the community as well as the socio-economic exclusion that some South Africans feel, sparked the violence in the Pretoria CDB.

Hlabisa’s daunting task of growing and uniting the IFP 25 August 2019, 4:42 PM

Incoming IFP Velenkosini Hlabisa is now due to take over from Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who has led the party since its inception in 1975.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.