COVID-19 has had a significant impact on our lives. One effect that could yet be seen might be the development of bacterial resistance to disinfectants, as a result of the overuse of substandard disinfectants.
Finance minister Tito Mboweni, must ensure that his budget not only deals with the unprecedented emergency brought about by COVID-19 but also ensures that the delivery of basic human rights, as per the country’s constitution, remains a priority , writes Shenilla Mohamed – Executive Director, Amnesty International South Africa
Government must invest in reliable food access and distribution partnerships, involving civil society organizations and private sector to speed up the process of reaching millions of hungry South Africans write Mthandazo Ndlovu Hlahla, Governance and Strategic Alliances Programme Manager Oxfam South Africa
A people’s budget would be a budget that recognises that millions of people in South Africa are living in crisis.
The state has no choice but to extend the SRoD to women, urges the Director of Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute in Johannesburg, Isobel Frey.
Governments in most developing countries use medium-term expenditure frameworks as fiscal policy instruments to match the imperatives of policy, planning and budgeting over the medium-term horizon. South Africa adopted the framework in 1998.
The drug whoonga has plagued South African communities for at least a decade, yet only gained significant public attention when it appeared more visibly in the inner-city and surrounding suburbs of Durban, the major city in the country’s KwaZulu-Natal province.
Somali government troops have clashed with opposition supporters on the streets of Mogadishu amid growing anger over delayed elections.
Located in Tanzania, with a height of almost 6 000 metres, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s tallest mountain. Over the years, there’s been extensive urbanisation and development at the base of the mountain, which could change what lives on the mountain.
The South African National Editor’s Forum (SANEF) says it's deeply concerned and disappointed by the ethical breaches in the opinion piece by veteran investigative journalist Jacques Pauw.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has, since the advent of coronavirus, offered South Africa a truly exemplary leadership.
Tanzania’s health minister said earlier this month that the country has no plans to procure COVID-19 vaccines. Moina Spooner, an editor with The Conversation Africa, asked Catherine Kyobutungi to explain Tanzania’s COVID-19 response and why it’s problematic.
South Africans will be listening critically to today’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), and President Ramaphosa must know that his credibility, whatever might be left of it, is at stake, writes Hermann Pretorius.
The backdrop for SONA 2021 is therefore one in which a battered economy is weaker, the job market even more constrained and fiscal conditions have tightened considerably.
Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says Parliament is completely failing to effectively play its oversight role.
This year’s SONA will be delivered in the face of the greatest suffering we have seen since the end of apartheid, writes Herman Mashaba.
The President must send a clear, crisp, concise and precise strategic message that South Africa is not only open for business but, alas, have now put system and processes in place to execute writes Bonang Mohale, Chancellor of the University of the Free State.
Economist Ntombana Mbele says the biggest industry that was created during COVID-19 in South Africa is the digital economy.
President Ramaphosa is no doubt grappling with the huge task of rebuilding an economy ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic writes Dino Zuccollo, chairperson of the 12J Association of South Africa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has described as "disturbing" the SIU report into the extent of PPE tender corruption in the country.
The Nigerian government recently released N10 billion (about US$26 million) in support of the local production of COVID-19 vaccines. Wale Fatade, from The Conversation Africa, asked Daniel Oladimeji Oluwayelu, a professor of virology, for his views on this and how the country can get full benefits from the money.
The 34th summit of the African Union (AU) which is currently under way has a particularly significant job to do: it will be electing six commissioners to the AU’s secretariat, which is a vital cog in the organisation.
If people who work for the government tell us our safety depends on us not knowing what they do, we might suspect that they wanted to cover up wrong-doing, writes Steven Friedman, Professor of Political Studies at the University of Johannesburg.
Despite a well-documented business acumen, winning the bid to become the CAF President is not going to be a walk in the park for South Africa's Patrice Motsepe, argues Mpho Tsedu, CEO of the Institute of Foreign Affairs.
Experts say South Africans are more interested in what happened during former President Jacob Zuma's administration and care less about his defiance and questioning the credibility of the State Capture Commission.
About 40 countries representing more than half of the world’s population had reportedly raised their hand for access to Sputnik V.
President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa assuming Chairship of the African Union (AU) was a baptism of fire as it was the same month the first COVID-19 case was recorded on the continent.
Some investors are growing concerned that wild swings in GameStop and other stocks driven by small-time traders could be fresh signs of overexuberance that foreshadow volatility for the broader stock market.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the policy measures to combat it, are having profound effects on the economic and social lives of citizens. They are threatening employment as well as the long-term livelihoods and well-being of millions around the world.
Political analyst Sanusha Naidu says it would be difficult for government to convince South Africans to pay the wealth tax during the COVID-19 pandemic because of the corruption that's being committed during this time.