Mervyn Dirk’s decision to report Ramaphosa to Scopa described as unprecedented

26 January 2022, 8:28 AM
Political analyst professor Ralph Mathekga has described as unprecedented African National Congress (ANC) MP Mervyn Dirk's decision to write a letter to Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa), about President Cyril Ramaphosa.
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Afcon group stage: a stride forward for the African game despite low scoring 26 January 2022, 4:57 PM

A striking aspect of the preliminaries was the low number of goals. In 36 matches only 68 goals were scored. This was the lowest tally of all other continental tournaments at the same stage. According to the website The Analyst, this was due to some terrible shooting choices as well as poor conversion of shots.

How COVID-19 gave African countries the opportunity to improve public health 23 January 2022, 5:58 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has tested Africa’s public healthcare systems. It exposed weaknesses, gaps and inequalities – but also some potential solutions.

Analysis: How Omicron highlights fading hope of herd immunity from COVID 21 January 2022, 10:28 AM

The Omicron variant, which is spreading far faster than previous versions of the coronavirus, is not likely to help countries achieve so-called herd immunity against COVID-19, in which enough people become immune to the virus that it can no longer spread, leading disease experts say.

The real tragedy about FIFA’s Pitso Mosimane snub despite great achievements 20 January 2022, 11:30 AM

There is something fundamentally wrong, and quite honestly tragic, with this whole Pitso Mosimane saga. It goes right to the heart of who we are, how we see the world and our position in it, in football and all over. And Europe has been the champion of shaping that vantage point for centuries, writes Sipho Kekana.

Chinese President Xi Jinping promises exciting, corruption-free Beijing Winter Olympics 19 January 2022, 12:12 PM

The hosting of the Beijing Games from 4th February-20th February clearly proves that nothing can, or should, ever be allowed to bring life itself to an abrupt halt, writes Abbey Makoe.

Drama, delays and domestic unrest: why hosting Afcon is so important for Cameroon 11 January 2022, 5:08 PM

For Cameroon, there is intensifying pressure to host a successful tournament for both on-pitch and off-pitch reasons. Here is why.

Will vaccine mandate mean empty Afcon stadiums? 7 January 2022, 6:06 PM

Some soccer fans are racing to get vaccinated after Cameroon, host nation of the Africa Cup of Nations, said full vaccination and a negative test were compulsory for those who want to attend soccer matches. Final preparation at various stadiums are under way. But there are concerns seats could remain unfilled even after the first […]

Writer Abbey Makoe reminisces about his time with Archbishop Tutu in America 29 December 2021, 4:18 PM

I got to meet and for a while lived very closely with Archbishop Tutu at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, in the US in 1999, writes Abbey Makoe.

Financial literacy or luck? The year small-time traders made a big impact 29 December 2021, 10:17 AM

Trading activity growth has slowed, possibly as central banks signal higher interest rates are coming.

Resting in his shade 26 December 2021, 9:53 PM

He has been with us every step of the way for decades. This tall strong tree has provided the soft cool shade to make our life’s journey more bearable, writes Zubeida Jaffer.

Tutu: father of South Africa’s ‘rainbow nation’ 26 December 2021, 5:03 PM

Archbishop Desmond Tutu earned the respect and love of millions of South Africans and the world. He carved out a permanent place in their hearts and minds, becoming known affectionately as “The Arch”.

Global rejection for US’s call to boycott Beijing Winter Olympic Games 19 December 2021, 2:13 PM

The Beijing Winter Olympic Games are now a matter of weeks away, being scheduled to take place in February 2022.

Early data suggest Omicron is more transmissible but less severe 11 December 2021, 2:05 PM

Gauteng is the smallest of South Africa’s nine provinces but home to a quarter of the country’s population. It is also the country’s economic powerhouse. These factors have contributed to it becoming the epicentre of the COVID-19 epidemic.

From rhetoric to serious action in fighting GBV 10 December 2021, 3:18 PM

When President Cyril Ramaphosa called the National Summit on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) in November 2018, the hopes of stakeholders in the gender sector were raised, writes Javu Baloyi.

Each country has right to choose priority in handling human rights issues: expert 9 December 2021, 6:43 AM

Each country should have the right to choose the priority in human rights issues according to its own national conditions, said an expert. Zhang Weiwei, director of the China Institute of Fudan University, shared his insights on the human rights issues in both western and eastern countries at the invitation of the 2021 South-South Human Rights Forum, which opened in Beijing on Wednesday.

Vaccine mandates in South Africa: where are they most needed? 7 December 2021, 2:27 PM

The debate about mandatory vaccines has reached fever pitch as efforts to contain COVID-19 accelerate. Compelling scientific, ethical and legal arguments have been advanced around whether or not people should be forced to be vaccinated. Some countries have already introduced mandates which require people to produce proof of vaccination to access certain public places.

Kenya has imposed a holiday season COVID-19 vaccine mandate: why it’s premature 6 December 2021, 2:40 PM

Kenya is to impose restrictions on access to public spaces for those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 from December 21. This, along with the opening up of COVID-19 vaccination to young people over 15, is an attempt by the government to meet its national target of 10 million vaccinated before the new year. Catherine Kyobutungi weighs in on the pros and cons of Kenya’s vaccination strategy.

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.

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.