How Johannesburg’s suburban elites maintain apartheid inequities

19 October 2021, 8:16 PM
Days before his death in July, the African National Congress (ANC) mayor of Johannesburg, Geoff Makhubo, wrote an article responding to critics of the city’s managers. The critics say Johannesburg is in decline and falling apart. He emphasised the legacies of apartheid in the continuing inequality in South Africa’s “city of gold”.
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The race to win eThekwini: Prof Bheki Mngomezulu 20 October 2021, 2:53 PM

The race to win one of the country's largest metros, eThekwini is heating up. In 2016, the ANC won the Durban metro, but indications are that it is now fair game for most political hopefuls.

Municipal elections and women’s representation in the country’s 8 metros 18 October 2021, 4:13 PM

On 1st November this year, South Africa will once again hold its municipal government elections that occur every five years to elect local councillors for the 257 municipalities distributed across the country.

Municipalities can play a key role in South Africa’s economic development. Here’s how 18 October 2021, 2:15 PM

Local economic development and better municipal service delivery are vital if South Africa wants to broaden economic participation and reverse its unemployment trend.

Voter apathy among youth is because they are disillusioned: Thamsanqa Masingi 15 October 2021, 7:27 PM

Thamsanqa Masingi from an organisation called Activate Change Drivers says we need to look at the low youth voter turnout when it comes to election season.

Coalition governments used as a scapegoat for lack of service delivery: EISA researcher 14 October 2021, 6:00 PM

Researcher at the Electoral Insititute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) Thembelani Mazibuko says it's hard to say definitively that some of the service delivery protests seen around the country can be attributed to coalition governments at municipalities and metros.

Is the IEC doing enough to educate voters? 14 October 2021, 2:07 PM

Ahead of the local government elections on November the 1st, Independent Political And Social Commentator, Tebogo Khaas, has questioned whether the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is fulfilling its mandate.

Holding elected leaders accountable: Dr Paul Kariuki 13 October 2021, 5:15 PM

As SABC News gauges service delivery ahead of the local government elections, many voices of discontent have been found and frustration in some areas and thumbs up in others.

What inflammatory election posters say about South Africa’s Democratic Alliance 13 October 2021, 3:23 PM

The Democratic Alliance has been accused of inflaming racial tensions in Phoenix. Local residents belonging to a protection group stand watch in July 2021 at the height of the violence, writes Prof Steven Friedman.

OPINION: AUKUS is short for “Australia playing with China Fire” 13 October 2021, 2:33 PM

When powerful regimes wish to sidestep the tag of being labelled practitioners of unilateralism in a globalised world, they are often quick to put together disguised forms of the same concept, using a different title.

Nobel winner Abdulrazak Gurnah’s fiction traces small lives with wit and tenderness 10 October 2021, 3:40 PM

For those of us who have read and reread, taught, and written about the fiction of Abdulrazak Gurnah, the Nobel Prize in Literature committee has confirmed what we knew all along. His superb writing deserves much wider recognition and readership.

Combating COVID-19 anti-vaxxers: lessons from political philosophy 7 October 2021, 2:56 PM

Challenging the scepticism and resistance in the public response to the COVID-19 vaccine is deeply important to the state of public health. This is a critical conversation because people are protesting the COVID-19 vaccines not just in South Africa, but globally too.

Biennale of Luanda offers Africa a chance to reboot in a promising post-colonial era 4 October 2021, 7:39 AM

From 5th – 8th October, the much-anticipated “Biennale of Luanda” will be held in Angola. Described as the “Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace”, the Biennale of Luanda is a joint initiative of the African Union (AU), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the government of Angola.

Easing of lockdown comes as no surprise: Analyst 1 October 2021, 9:46 AM

Political analyst Sanusha Naidu says the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions comes as no surprise given the need for political parties to campaign ahead of the Local Government Elections.

Marriages of inconvenience: the fraught politics of coalitions in South Africa 30 September 2021, 2:14 PM

The popularity of the African National Congress (ANC), which has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994, has slipped in successive elections from its high of over 60%. First it declined to under 60% , then to below 50% in the cities of Tshwane, Johannesburg, and Nelson Mandela Bay in 2016.

Is the latest report about the Syrian chemical attack the final truth at last? 29 September 2021, 11:37 AM

In 2013, the world stood at the precipice of a global war. The US President Barrack Obama had his finger on the trigger. He was enraged by the chemical attack in Ghouta, Syria, which he squarely blamed on the regime of the besieged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

From the Desk of the President | Ramaphosa vows to punish corrupt public servants 27 September 2021, 11:01 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says his government will crack the whip and punish public servants who benefited irregularly from the COVID-19 social grant relief.

A granular look at UK’s COVID-19 ‘red list’ shows why it’s deeply flawed 25 September 2021, 3:00 PM

Earlier this year the UK introduced a “traffic light” system in yet another attempt to contain and mitigate the effects of COVID-19.

OPINION: Appeal by China’s President for true multilateralism must be embraced 22 September 2021, 5:16 PM

During the 76th session of the UN General Assembly this week, Chinese President Xi Jinping made an impassioned plea to the international community to improve global governance and commit to practicing “true multilateralism”.

How conflict has made COVID-19 a neglected epidemic in Ethiopia 21 September 2021, 9:18 PM

The number of COVID-19 cases in Ethiopia has been increasing. The Delta variant has been identified recently in the country, but officials are still investigating if it is driving the resurgence.

What is “cultural heritage” in a land as diverse and complex as South Africa today? 21 September 2021, 10:35 AM

South Africa is rich in natural heritage, and that’s universally supported and appreciated.  But it’s also extremely rich in cultural heritage, but that is a double-edged sword, writes Janet Whitton.

IEC will have a hard task of delivering ballot papers: IEMSA 19 September 2021, 10:15 AM

The Institute of Election Management Services in Africa (IEMSA) says going to the local government elections, the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) will face many challenges, including the distribution of ballot papers.

How countries alongside the Sahara can restore productive land faster 14 September 2021, 5:40 AM

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is about to take over the presidency of the Pan-African Agency of the Great Green Wall – the continent’s effort to restore degraded cropland, grazing areas and woodlands bordering the Sahara Desert. He takes over from Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, president of Mauritania.

‘Voter and civic education can save local governments’ 13 September 2021, 5:05 PM

South Africans are heading to the polls to elect their local government leaders but with the current state of municipalities, more than anything, these elections will be futile because the very same leaders will campaign for the next five years instead of accounting for the last five, writes Vusi Gumbi.

A broken healthcare system has hampered Somalia’s efforts to cope with COVID-19 13 September 2021, 7:25 AM

A recent report by the global advocacy organisation Amnesty International painted a dire picture of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Somalia. Based on interviews with health workers, government officials, and finance and debt relief experts, the report concludes that the government’s response to the pandemic has been “wholly inadequate”

Opinion: What schools teach about 9/11 and the war on terror 12 September 2021, 4:14 PM

The phrase “Never Forget” is often associated with the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. But what does this phrase mean for U.S. students who are too young to remember? What are they being asked to never forget?

OPINION: Where is the post-Peter Mokaba youth leadership in the ANC? 10 September 2021, 2:55 PM

The youth of the country need to be taught to be South African youth and accordingly behave like historical young people of South Africa. Rhetorical as it may sound, the current generation of South African youth are not behaving in tandem with the past young generations.

The West wrong to punish Afghanistan for its Islamic tradition 9 September 2021, 2:08 PM

London-based GB News channel has ruffled feathers with its raw take on current affairs, paving a way for a far-right, pro-Brexit agenda that is set to dominate the UK politics for a while longer as long as the Conservatives are in power, write Abbey Makoe.

Poll shows decrease in support for ANC: Ipsos 7 September 2021, 12:17 PM

Market research firm, Ipsos, says a recent political opinion poll has shown a possible decrease in support for the African National Congress in the upcoming Local Government Elections.

New law will make Nigeria’s petroleum industry attractive to investors 5 September 2021, 10:12 AM

Nigeria’s journey to the Petroleum Industry Act started in 2000 under President Olusegun Obasanjo, who inaugurated an oil and gas sector reform implementation committee. The committee’s report formed the basis of the first Petroleum Industry Bill eight years later.

OPINION: COVID-19 origin tracing is becoming a political hot potato 4 September 2021, 8:38 AM

In a rare no-holds-barred public repudiation, during which the traditional diplomatic decorum was temporarily placed in abeyance – the Chinese authorities in SA shred into pieces a US government report that persists on Washington’s standpoint that COVID-19 could have originated in Wuhan, China.