Is SA’s foreign policy about “running with the hares and hunting with the hounds”?

9 April 2021, 8:00 AM
Tensions are scarily on the rise between the West and Russia over the simmering conflict in the east of Ukraine which has claimed more than 13 000 lives since it broke out in 2014, according to a UN report.
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The toll and toil it took to cleave the Suez Canal through the Egyptian desert 8 April 2021, 7:21 AM

For a little over a week the world’s attention zeroed in on the Suez Canal, an artificial channel connecting the Mediterranean and the Red seas across Egyptian territory.

New decisions by global conservation group bolster efforts to save Africa’s elephants 3 April 2021, 1:20 PM

Two big decisions have been made in the last few weeks in relation to African elephants that will have major implications for the survival of the giant mammals.

ANALYSIS: Wait! Ntseki wrong to accept responsibility for Bafana’s failure – not his fault 31 March 2021, 5:00 AM

Do we really believe simplistically blaming Molefu Ntseki is the way to go? Blaming the starting lineup, the corner kick, the offside, the substitution, the referee, the linesman, a defensive error, a poor cross, a goal miss? Are those really issues handicapping the progress of the local game?, asks Sipho Kekana.

‘Latest development in ANC will help restore party’s credibility’ 30 March 2021, 6:00 AM

Political analyst professor Mcebisi Ndletyana says the latest development in the African National Congress (ANC) will help to restore the credibility of the governing party.

Political analyst Kagiso Pooe says ANC lost its vision 29 March 2021, 9:22 AM

Political analyst, Kagiso Pooe, says there's strong evidence that the African National Congress (ANC) has lost its vision. Pooe says the reported instability and factional battles in the ANC are nothing new. His comments come as the ANC held its NEC meeting this past weekend.

A forgotten settlement in the Cradle of Humankind adds a note to southern African history 28 March 2021, 12:48 PM

About 50km outside South Africa’s biggest city, Johannesburg, lies one of the most important sites in human prehistory: the Cradle of Humankind.

COVID-19 vaccines the world’s lethal weapons in the wrong hands 27 March 2021, 8:02 PM

COVID-19 pandemic is a major threat to the entire human race. It is unwise, therefore, to play the usual Geo-politics with the beleaguered lives of innocent men, women and children, writes Abbey Makoe.

Nawal El Saadawi: Egypt’s grand novelist, physician and global activist 25 March 2021, 11:11 AM

Egyptian novelist, physician, sociologist and global activist Nawal El Saadawi died on 21 March 2021 at the age of 89.

Gender discrimination, the economic empowerment of women in traditional councils and the truth about widowhood and succession 24 March 2021, 6:13 AM

The status of women in the South African economy is a matter that needs robust attention and engagement at all levels of society and implementation, writes Commissioner at the Commission for Gender Equality Lindiwe Ntuli-Tloubatla.

Tanzania’s Samia Hassan has the chance to heal a polarised nation 23 March 2021, 7:31 AM

Samia Suluhu Hassan becomes the first female president in Tanzania taking over from President John Magufuli who died on 17 March 2021.

Decade-long shortage of electricity contributed to slow economic growth: Ramaphosa 22 March 2021, 11:16 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says that the government is making every effort to bring new power generation capacity online in the shortest possible time.

From The Desk of The President 22 March 2021, 10:52 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says that the government is making every effort to bring new power generation capacity online in the shortest possible time. In his weekly letter to the nation, Ramaphosa acknowledged the disruption and inconvenience caused by load shedding.

Financial resources will dwindle after the Political Party Funding Act takes effect: Analyst 20 March 2021, 7:52 AM

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga has warned that the financial resources of many political parties will dwindle after the Political Party Funding Act takes effect on the first of next month.

The CIA, Crypto AG and the lurking dangers of espionage behind technologies 18 March 2021, 5:23 PM

Technological development – the 21st century’s singular most defining phenomenon – continues to determine the reconfiguration of a constantly globalizing world in ways that alter virtually all aspects of our everyday lives.

‘Do not drag our call for free education into your factional squabbles’ 18 March 2021, 6:00 AM

The challenges in institutions of higher learning require the utmost unity of party members in its leadership and those deployed in government to ensure the full resolute implementation of free quality education in South Africa, writes Cebolenkosi Khumalo.

Why, 31 years after independence, Namibians aren’t in a festive mood 17 March 2021, 6:18 PM

Namibia celebrates its 31st independence day this month. But Namibians are not in a festive mood. A 2019 survey by Afrobarometer, the independent African research network, showed a significant loss of trust in the country’s governance.

How commodity-exporting countries like Ghana have been hit by COVID-19 16 March 2021, 2:23 PM

Ghana generates over 80% of its export revenues from three primary commodities - gold, crude oil and cocoa.

Why children are prime targets of armed groups in northern Nigeria 15 March 2021, 9:48 PM

The 2020 Global Terrorism Index identified Nigeria as the third most country affected by terrorism.

Insight into Nigeria’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout 11 March 2021, 5:39 PM

Nigeria has started to vaccinate people after receiving its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines. Virologist and senior research fellow Dr Solomon Bakarey provides some insights on how the country should go about the rollout plan.

Granular understanding of joblessness in South Africa can help pinpoint policies 10 March 2021, 8:28 AM

The longest upswing in the South African economy in the last three decades was when it grew at an average rate of 4% per annum between 1998 and 2008. The 2008 global recession ended this 11-year growth period. The country hasn’t seen sustained periods of growth since.

Why working as a journalist in Uganda is particularly tough 9 March 2021, 10:51 AM

Ugandan journalists are subject to state intimidation and violence almost on a daily basis.

Battling misinformation wars in Africa: applying lessons from GMO to COVID-19 9 March 2021, 5:30 AM

As the second wave of COVID-19 sweeps across Africa, bringing steep increases in infections and deaths, the battle between facts and conspiracies – especially around the safety of COVID vaccines – has also intensified.

The Commonwealth: rediscovering its radical voice could make it relevant again 7 March 2021, 2:18 PM

The Commonwealth, an association of 54 countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific, has always been a rather mysterious organisation, writes Philip Murphy, Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and Professor of British and Commonwealth History, School of Advanced Study.

It’s time for AU to take charge of the decade-old mess that is Libya 6 March 2021, 7:25 PM

The UN-led Libya Forum elected an interim government made up of four leaders in an effort to steer the country towards a smooth passage of peace till December when the war-torn country goes to the polls.

COVID-19 affects men and women differently. It’s important to track the data 6 March 2021, 3:05 PM

The African Population Health Research Centre, based in Kenya, has been mining data across 47 countries in Africa, tracking differences in COVID-19 infection, illness and deaths among men and women. Sylvia Muyingo lays-out their key findings and explains why tracking these data is important.

ANALYSIS | CAF presidential race still anyone’s game? 5 March 2021, 10:11 PM

In football, no matter how powerful any team is, there can never be definite final score predictions until the final whistle has gone after 90 minutes of play. That seems to be the case when it comes to the much-anticipated CAF Presidential Elections on March 12.  

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.

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