WHO head Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus faces a challenge all humanitarians know well

28 January 2022, 3:00 PM
In 2017, the World Health Organisation (WHO) appointed Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as its Director-General. He’s the first African and the first person from the global south to occupy this high office.
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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.

Current power crisis will take at least five years to sort out : Analyst 10 November 2021, 5:45 PM

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 […]

China expected to announce massive economic deals at FOCAC 2021 10 November 2021, 7:43 AM

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).

Only choice is to privatise Eskom: Themba Godi 9 November 2021, 9:24 PM

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 Africa’s power grid is under pressure: the how and the why 8 November 2021, 4:06 PM

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.

Increase in support for smaller parties reflect a need for service delivery, not political rhetoric: Analyst 4 November 2021, 11:23 AM

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.

The fate of the 2016 local elections moment – promises, history and voter verdicts 1 November 2021, 3:18 PM

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, […]

OPINION | Turnout in the metros – much at stake for the political parties: Susan Booysen 1 November 2021, 11:00 AM

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.

OPINION: A vote for one party is not a vote for another 31 October 2021, 2:37 PM

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.

OPINION | The rules of the coalition game shaping up pre-emptively: Susan Booysen 31 October 2021, 2:00 PM

‘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.

South African local government elections: why a great deal hangs on the outcome 31 October 2021, 11:20 AM

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.

South Africa’s local elections: new entrants likely to be the big winners 30 October 2021, 10:39 AM

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.

Local Government Elections 2021: Panacea or Paralysis? 29 October 2021, 8:15 PM

The 2021 local government elections occur under unprecedented circumstances and in a constrained context, writes Ebrahim Fakir.

South Africa’s voting dynamics have changed: it’s no longer a race between the big three 29 October 2021, 7:37 PM

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.

The Glasgow Climate Test 29 October 2021, 12:28 PM

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.

The politics of coalitions in South Africa: Susan Booysen 29 October 2021, 10:41 AM

Political parties seem to be already pronouncing on their preferred coalition partners ahead of this year's local government elections.

Citizens urged not to forego their power by not voting 28 October 2021, 1:06 PM

Political analyst Dr Lubna Nadvi has cautioned disillusioned South Africans not to forego their power by opting not to vote.

PR and advertising during 2021 LGE: Solly Moeng 27 October 2021, 9:53 PM

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.

A closer look at women candidates in upcoming elections 27 October 2021, 10:28 AM

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.

‘Increase in number of independent candidates, political parties contesting LGE a clear indication SA is a strong democracy’ 25 October 2021, 10:19 AM

Writing his weekly letter, President Cyril Ramaphosa has encouraged voters to approach their civic duty to vote with the same enthusiasm as the one they had in the national and provincial elections.

Battle for Collins Chabane Local Municipality : Levy Ndou 24 October 2021, 2:10 PM

The Collins Chabane Local Municipality in Limpopo was established after the August 2016 local government elections by the merging of portions of two local municipalities, Thulamela and Makhado.

Leaders must campaign responsibily on final weekend : Democracy Development Program 23 October 2021, 5:28 PM

With just over a week for the Local Government Elections, the race for votes in KwaZulu-Natal intensifies, as parties ramp up election campaigns.

The race to win eThekwini: Prof Bheki Mngomezulu 20 October 2021, 2:53 PM

The race to win one of the country's largest metros, eThekwini is heating up. In 2016, the ANC won the Durban metro, but indications are that it is now fair game for most political hopefuls.

How Johannesburg’s suburban elites maintain apartheid inequities 19 October 2021, 8:16 PM

Days before his death in July, the African National Congress (ANC) mayor of Johannesburg, Geoff Makhubo, wrote an article responding to critics of the city’s managers. The critics say Johannesburg is in decline and falling apart. He emphasised the legacies of apartheid in the continuing inequality in South Africa’s “city of gold”.

Municipal elections and women’s representation in the country’s 8 metros 18 October 2021, 4:13 PM

On 1st November this year, South Africa will once again hold its municipal government elections that occur every five years to elect local councillors for the 257 municipalities distributed across the country.

Municipalities can play a key role in South Africa’s economic development. Here’s how 18 October 2021, 2:15 PM

Local economic development and better municipal service delivery are vital if South Africa wants to broaden economic participation and reverse its unemployment trend.

Voter apathy among youth is because they are disillusioned: Thamsanqa Masingi 15 October 2021, 7:27 PM

Thamsanqa Masingi from an organisation called Activate Change Drivers says we need to look at the low youth voter turnout when it comes to election season.

Coalition governments used as a scapegoat for lack of service delivery: EISA researcher 14 October 2021, 6:00 PM

Researcher at the Electoral Insititute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) Thembelani Mazibuko says it's hard to say definitively that some of the service delivery protests seen around the country can be attributed to coalition governments at municipalities and metros.

Is the IEC doing enough to educate voters? 14 October 2021, 2:07 PM

Ahead of the local government elections on November the 1st, Independent Political And Social Commentator, Tebogo Khaas, has questioned whether the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is fulfilling its mandate.

Holding elected leaders accountable: Dr Paul Kariuki 13 October 2021, 5:15 PM

As SABC News gauges service delivery ahead of the local government elections, many voices of discontent have been found and frustration in some areas and thumbs up in others.