Zuma’s State Commission no-show and ConCourt application against him are separate matters: De Vos

2 March 2021, 4:33 PM
Former President Jacob Zuma's alleged contempt of court and his defiance to appear before the State Capture Commission are two distinct separate matters.
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How does resistance to disinfectants happen? We’re on the road to answering the question 1 March 2021, 3:22 PM

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.

Mboweni must allocate adequate funds to ensure all service delivery targets are met 24 February 2021, 12:50 PM

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

‘Goverment’s weaknesses exposed; time for leader to do right’ 24 February 2021, 9:48 AM

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

OPINION | We want to see massive investment in social solidarity 23 February 2021, 2:08 PM

A people’s budget would be a budget that recognises that millions of people in South Africa are living in crisis.

OPINION | Mboweni must answer why state refuses to extend Social Relief of Distress to women 23 February 2021, 1:00 PM

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.

The basis of South Africa’s annual budgets needs an overhaul, here’s why and how 22 February 2021, 9:24 PM

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 South African play that’s tackling the scourge of the street drug whoonga 21 February 2021, 2:21 PM

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.

What’s behind fresh unrest in Somalia and what needs to be done 20 February 2021, 2:07 PM

Somali government troops have clashed with opposition supporters on the streets of Mogadishu amid growing anger over delayed elections.

Increasing land use could turn Mount Kilimanjaro into an ecological island 18 February 2021, 4:41 PM

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.

SANEF says it’s deeply concerned over Pauw’s ethical breach 17 February 2021, 1:02 PM

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.

OPINION | SA on the right track as it prepares to acquire vaccines from fellow BRICS members 17 February 2021, 6:18 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has, since the advent of coronavirus, offered South Africa a truly exemplary leadership.

What Tanzania’s COVID-19 vaccine reluctance means for its citizens and the world 16 February 2021, 2:18 PM

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.

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s credibility at stake, says IRR 11 February 2021, 5:18 PM

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 3-Pandemics SONA 11 February 2021, 10:21 AM

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.

‘Parliament failed to effectively play its oversight role’ 11 February 2021, 10:18 AM

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says Parliament is completely failing to effectively play its oversight role.

A vision for an inclusive and prosperous South Africa 9 February 2021, 6:05 PM

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.

‘Ramaphosa must now put system and processes in place to execute plans’ 9 February 2021, 1:10 PM

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.

Digital economy is the biggest industry created during COVID-19: Economist 9 February 2021, 11:08 AM

Economist Ntombana Mbele says the biggest industry that was created during COVID-19 in South Africa is the digital economy.

‘President Ramaphosa should look at Section 12J tax incentive to help rebuild economy’ 8 February 2021, 2:26 PM

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.

From the Desk of the President 8 February 2021, 10:18 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has described as "disturbing" the SIU report into the extent of PPE tender corruption in the country.

What it will take to produce vaccines in Nigeria: money’s just the first step 7 February 2021, 2:26 PM

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.

Why the African Union’s decision on a top post is being seen as a litmus test 6 February 2021, 2:39 PM

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.

Zuma’s abuse of South Africa’s spy agency underscores need for strong civilian oversight 4 February 2021, 5:28 PM

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.

Why Motsepe may lose CAF Presidency bid 3 February 2021, 4:07 PM

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.

Citizens more interested in what happened under Zuma’s administration: Experts 3 February 2021, 6:06 AM

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.

Are we snubbing vaccines from Russia and China? 2 February 2021, 7:10 PM

About 40 countries representing more than half of the world’s population had reportedly raised their hand for access to Sputnik V.

President Ramaphosa reflects on his term as AU Chair amid the COVID-19 pandemic 1 February 2021, 9:53 AM

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.

Wall St Week Ahead-Sideshow or main event? GameStop stock ride weighed as bubble warning 31 January 2021, 5:02 PM

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.

COVID-19 has hurt some more than others: South Africa needs policies that reflect this 29 January 2021, 7:28 PM

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.

‘Govt faces difficult task in convincing citizens to pay wealth tax during COVID-19’ 28 January 2021, 11:19 AM

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.