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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 has woken the world’s collective consciousness to the indispensability of equitable access to health for all.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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).
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 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.
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.
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, […]
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
The 2021 local government elections occur under unprecedented circumstances and in a constrained context, writes Ebrahim Fakir.
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.
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.
Political parties seem to be already pronouncing on their preferred coalition partners ahead of this year's local government elections.
Political analyst Dr Lubna Nadvi has cautioned disillusioned South Africans not to forego their power by opting not to vote.
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.
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.