OPINION | Parental Breakup often infringes the rights of children

2 December 2021, 11:09 AM
Studies on the impact of the family on the welfare and wellbeing of the children argue that the family unit and household can be a key socio-economic institution playing a critical role in the care, welfare, and maintenance of the child, through the provision of nutritional care, physical security, educational, cultural, emotional, and psychological development.
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OPINION | America’s “summit for democracy” set to fail before it even starts if China, Russia are the target 2 December 2021, 7:36 AM

The United States' notoriously cantankerous foreign policy is once again resetting global peace and harmony back to tenterhooks with mischievous efforts that’ll lead to a divided world.

Omicron is the new COVID kid on the block: five steps to avoid, ten to take immediately 28 November 2021, 2:34 PM

South Africa reacted with outrage to travel bans, first triggered by the UK, imposed on it in the wake of the news that its genomics surveillance team had detected a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The Network for Genomics Surveillance in South Africa has been monitoring changes in SARS-CoV-2 since the pandemic first broke out.

The hunt for coronavirus variants: how the new one was found and what we know so far 27 November 2021, 3:04 PM

Since early in the COVID pandemic, the Network for Genomics Surveillance in South Africa has been monitoring changes in SARS-CoV-2. This was a valuable tool to understand better how the virus spread.

SA likely to have chaotic 5 years in local government: Mtimka 23 November 2021, 9:25 AM

Political analyst Ongama Mtimka has warned that South Africa is likely to have a chaotic five years of local government because of how the political scenario has unfolded after the November 1 Local Government Elections.

Democracy must be free, fair and inclusive: Local government elections and representation of persons with disabilities 19 November 2021, 4:15 PM

The country has just concluded its sixth democratic municipal elections since the start of democracy in 1994.  The 2021 Local Government Elections has been described as one of the most challenging elections by the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) having taken place in the midst of a global health crisis.

Deal between IFP, ANC is a step in the right direction: Analyst 18 November 2021, 11:13 AM

Political analyst Professor Bheki Mngomezulu says the deal between the Inkatha Freedom Party ( IFP) and the African National Congress (ANC) to work together in the hung municipalities is a step in the right direction.

COVID-19 wakeup call for health equity: Let’s use it to help women rise from nightmare of cervical cancer 18 November 2021, 3:05 AM

COVID-19 has woken the world’s collective consciousness to the indispensability of equitable access to health for all.

SA’s water problem could be as bad as Eskom’s rolling blackouts: Water expert 16 November 2021, 1:01 PM

As Rand Water's planned maintenance enters its second day of the announced 54-hour period, a water expert has warned that South Africa's water crisis could be as bad as the rolling blackout problem in the country.

President’s weekly letter outlines community-based Social Employment Fund aimed at creating jobs 15 November 2021, 12:53 PM

Government has launched a Social Employment Fund aimed at creating jobs within the community-based and civil society sector. In his weekly letter to the nation on Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa says from the earliest days of the COVID 19 pandemic, the sector has shown that it plays an essential role in supporting public health, sustaining livelihoods and creating jobs.

Climate finance for a transition away from coal: a chance to change history in South Africa 13 November 2021, 2:43 PM

In the opening days of the COP26 international climate conference, a financing partnership was announced between South Africa and a consortium consisting of France, Germany, the UK, the US and the European Union (EU). The partnership aims to support South Africa’s just transition to a low carbon and climate-resilient economy and society. Essentially a just transition is one where no one is left behind.

Dispelling the myth of De Klerk as a peacemaker and co-liberator 12 November 2021, 5:16 PM

I read, with great disappointment, media headlines, both local and abroad, which referred to De Klerk as the “man who freed Nelson Mandela”. This popular narrative should be rejected as it portrays De Klerk as a man with a polarizing or “uneven legacy” as articulated by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, writes Vusi Gumbi.

Myths and truths around South Africa’s recent renewable energy auction 10 November 2021, 6:41 PM

South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy recently announced its choice of companies to build and operate a new “batch” of renewable energy projects. This is part of a programme in which the government invites private companies to compete for contracts to produce electricity and sell it to the national utility, Eskom.

Current power crisis will take at least five years to sort out : Analyst 10 November 2021, 5:45 PM

Energy analyst Adil Nchabeleng says it will take South Africa at least five years to cross over the current power crisis. He says the 4000 to 6000mw of power needed to be added to the grid that has to be procured from outside sources takes time as these processes can not happen overnight. Nchabeleng adds […]

China expected to announce massive economic deals at FOCAC 2021 10 November 2021, 7:43 AM

In just under three weeks, from 29-30 November to be exact, the entire African continent will converge on Dakar, Senekal, for the much-anticipated 8th edition of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

Only choice is to privatise Eskom: Themba Godi 9 November 2021, 9:24 PM

African People's Convention leader and former chairperson of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, Themba Godi says the current crisis facing power utility Eskom makes it inevitable that the SOE should be privatised.

South Africa’s power grid is under pressure: the how and the why 8 November 2021, 4:06 PM

South Africans are facing another round of power cuts despite promises from South Africa’s power utility, Eskom, that it would keep the lights on. Unexpected breakdowns and scheduled maintenance at various generation plants have been blamed for reduced generation capacity.

Increase in support for smaller parties reflect a need for service delivery, not political rhetoric: Analyst 4 November 2021, 11:23 AM

Political analyst, Doctor Lubna Nadvi says political parties need to take time to reflect on the strong message that voters have sent. This is as South Africans await the Electoral Commission(IEC)'s announcement of the final results of the 2021 Local Government Elections.

The fate of the 2016 local elections moment – promises, history and voter verdicts 1 November 2021, 3:18 PM

Today South African citizens and voters, by voting in the local elections or abstaining, will mark this elections day as a historic moment. Election Day of 1 November 2021 will confirm or invert the 3 August 2016 moment when it was confirmed that the African National Congress (ANC) had suffered notable losses in the metros, […]

OPINION | Turnout in the metros – much at stake for the political parties: Susan Booysen 1 November 2021, 11:00 AM

Turnout in the local elections of 1 November will be as telling and predictive as the profiles and campaigns of the political parties themselves, says political analyst and author Professor Susan Booysen.

OPINION: A vote for one party is not a vote for another 31 October 2021, 2:37 PM

As the campaign period comes to an end, it is likely that polarising and divisive political party propaganda and partisan party specific messaging may begin to continue propounding mis and dis-information. It is important for voters to know about them.

OPINION | The rules of the coalition game shaping up pre-emptively: Susan Booysen 31 October 2021, 2:00 PM

‘Bluff’ and ambitious demands are the name of South Africa’s political parties’ game as they brace themselves for the voters’ verdict of 1 November 2021, says Political analyst and author Prof Susan Booysen.

South African local government elections: why a great deal hangs on the outcome 31 October 2021, 11:20 AM

More than 250 local elections will be held in each one of South Africa’s municipalities on 1 November. More than 10 000 councillors have to be elected. For this reason, more than 95,000 candidates have been nominated, including more than 1 500 independent candidates.

South Africa’s local elections: new entrants likely to be the big winners 30 October 2021, 10:39 AM

Though a ritual, elections yield new insights about the state of the citizenry and the political elite. Life changes, either for the better or worse. Electoral outcomes are a statement about how citizens feel at that moment and signal their inclination to take charge of their future.

Local Government Elections 2021: Panacea or Paralysis? 29 October 2021, 8:15 PM

The 2021 local government elections occur under unprecedented circumstances and in a constrained context, writes Ebrahim Fakir.

South Africa’s voting dynamics have changed: it’s no longer a race between the big three 29 October 2021, 7:37 PM

The number of political parties in South Africa has increased significantly from the 19 that participated in the first democratic election in 1994. Both 2011 and 2016 saw the number of political parties grow. But this year the number has increased exponentially.

The Glasgow Climate Test 29 October 2021, 12:28 PM

World leaders will soon be put to the test at the United Nations (UN) Climate Conference — known as COP26 — in Glasgow. Their actions — or inactions — will show their seriousness about addressing this planetary emergency, writes United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The politics of coalitions in South Africa: Susan Booysen 29 October 2021, 10:41 AM

Political parties seem to be already pronouncing on their preferred coalition partners ahead of this year's local government elections.

Citizens urged not to forego their power by not voting 28 October 2021, 1:06 PM

Political analyst Dr Lubna Nadvi has cautioned disillusioned South Africans not to forego their power by opting not to vote.

PR and advertising during 2021 LGE: Solly Moeng 27 October 2021, 9:53 PM

As various political parties and independent candidates wind down their elections campaigns, we look at how effective their public relations (PR)  and advertising have been.

A closer look at women candidates in upcoming elections 27 October 2021, 10:28 AM

Despite constituting the majority of South Africa's population and comprising the largest number of voters, women's participation as candidates in elections is still skewed in favour of men.