From the desk of the President, Monday, 23 March 2020

24 March 2020, 7:17 PM
There comes a time in the affairs of a country when, in the face of the most formidable of challenges, its very existence as a nation is put to the test, writes President Cyril Ramaphosa.
How politics and poverty affect electricity provision in Zimbabwe 16 January 2020, 5:40 AM

Ellen Fungisai Chipango, University of Johannesburg Zimbabwe’s economic challenges are numerous, but one of the most pressing is electricity scarcity. Around 40% of the country’s population has access to electricity. The country has access to vast and diverse possible energy resources. These include about 12 billion metric tonnes of coal, hydro power potential concentrated along […]

Cyril Ramaphosa
ANC January 8 statement brought policy uncertainty: Analyst 13 January 2020, 3:09 PM

Political analyst, Ralph Mathekga, says he does not believe the African National Congress' January 8 statement delivered any breakthroughs in political direction.

Ten years on from a devastating earthquake, Haiti still faces a crippling housing deficit 12 January 2020, 5:06 PM

Ten years ago, Haiti was devastated by an earthquake that killed over 200 000 people and destroyed 250 000 homes.

African National Congress celebrates 108 years since its formation 11 January 2020, 2:31 PM

African National Congress celebrates 108 years since its formation. Read ANC president January 8 Statement...

Considering the current challenges confronting cricket in SA 10 January 2020, 2:28 PM

The composition and leadership of both Cricket South Africa and the national cricket team, the Proteas, has been under much scrutiny in recent weeks.

Sluggish climate action may see warming do Russia more harm than good 10 January 2020, 2:28 PM

Russia's first plan to adapt to climate change is a tardy but much-needed acknowledgement of the risks and opportunities presented by global warming, although it lacks concrete action to address the increasingly evident threats, analysts said.

Ramaphosa still has a lot of work to do: Analyst 8 January 2020, 6:41 PM

Political analyst, Angelo Fick says ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has his work cut out when he addresses the party at its 108th birthday celebrations this weekend in the Northern Cape.

Aaron Motsoaledi’s rules on refugees pander to xenophobes and dictators 7 January 2020, 6:50 PM

Refugees in this country who admire the ANC’s fight in exile against apartheid, beware. If you try the same thing here, a government run by the ANC may throw you out, writes Steven Friedman.

Early modern humans cooked starchy food in SA 170 000 years ago: Study 7 January 2020, 5:02 PM

Early modern humans cooked starchy food in South Africa 170 000 years ago. The discovery also points to food being shared and the use of wooden digging sticks to extract the plants from the ground, reveals Wits University's study.

Why very few women go into politics in Mauritius 31 December 2019, 9:21 AM

Mauritius has held 11 general elections since independence. But the recent general elections highlighted one serious political failure that the country continues to grapple with: poor female representation, writes Ramola Ramtohul.

Christianity Today’s split with Trump highlights deeper issue in white evangelical America 29 December 2019, 7:24 PM

After evangelical publication Christianity Today published a blistering editorial on what it called Donald Trump's "grossly immoral character", some church leaders and the US president himself denounced the criticism as elitist and out-of-touch.

Recession, robots and rockets: another roaring 20s for world markets? 27 December 2019, 12:37 PM

Helicopter cash, climate crises, smart cities and the space economy -- investors have all those possibilities ahead as they enter the third decade of the 21st century.

A tumultuous year for SA cricket 25 December 2019, 1:06 PM

It's been a tumultuous year, to say the least, for South African cricket both on the playing field and in the boardroom and corridors of Cricket South Africa (CSA).

Africa’s genetic material is still being misused 20 December 2019, 3:54 PM

Biodiversity – the variation in all living organisms – is one of Africa’s richest assets. As a result, its genetic material is coveted by scientists, biotechnology companies and research institutes globally.

South Africa in unfamiliar terrain as national carrier goes into business rescue 19 December 2019, 9:00 AM

South Africa’s national carrier, South African Airways, has been placed in voluntary business rescue. It’s an historic moment as it’s the first business rescue attempt of a state owned entity.

WADA’s blanket ban of RUSADA unfair on innocent athletes – Penny Heyns 16 December 2019, 6:13 PM

Penny Heyns, the celebrated South African two-time Olympic gold medalist, remains a highly regarded authority in the world of athletics.

True Reconciliation is about transformation : Ramaphosa 16 December 2019, 8:46 AM

In his weekly letter to the Nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa writes about Reconciliation. The President will deliver the keynote address at the main Reconciliation day event in KwaZulu Natal on Monday.

Shembe vs Shembe judicial ruling has far reaching implications outside court 11 December 2019, 5:39 PM

Just my own opinion on how the Nazareth Baptist Church litigation matter was won in the winner-takes-all Shembe vs Shembe in the Pietermaritzburg High Court, writes Vusi Khumalo.

Local council turmoil shows South Africa isn’t very good at coalitions 11 December 2019, 8:57 AM

South Africa entered the world of coalition politics in earnest three years ago. In the local election in 2016 three major cities found themselves without a majority party in charge.

Load shedding likely to push economy into recession 10 December 2019, 5:35 PM

The current load shedding will likely push the economy in to a recession with companies unable to operate at full capacity.

Power crisis engineered so Eskom can be sold: Energy expert 10 December 2019, 9:50 AM

Energy expert, Adil Nchabeleng has disputed the reasons given by Eskom for the current spate of loadshedding which started last week.

President Cyril Ramaphosa
SOEs have the potential to contribute to the growth of our economy: Ramaphosa 9 December 2019, 9:39 AM

When I visited Medupi power station for the first time two weeks ago, I was struck by how massive it is. It is one thing to be told in a briefing that, when completed, Medupi will be the fourth largest power stations of its kind in the world; but it is quite another thing to stand below its towering turbines.

Climate crisis could reverse progress in achieving gender equality 8 December 2019, 9:21 AM

People who directly depend on the natural world for their livelihoods, like farmers and fishers, will be among the greatest victims of the climate crisis.

South African Airways is in business rescue: what it means, and what next 6 December 2019, 8:22 AM

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has taken the decision to put South African Airways, the cash-strapped national flag carrier, into voluntary business rescue. Caroline Southey from the Conversation Africa asked Professor Marius Pretorius to explain how the process works.

South Africa is a severely water stressed country: Ramaphosa 2 December 2019, 9:13 AM

During my visit to the Waterberg last week to launch the District Development Model, I spent time talking to people in the villages around Lephalale, at the Medupi power station and to business people in the town.

Ensuring people, communities have the power to choose is key to ending AIDS 1 December 2019, 6:46 PM

Ensuring that people and communities have the power to choose, to know, to thrive and to demand is the key to ending AIDS

Treating HIV in the tiniest babies could have huge positive implications for their future 30 November 2019, 11:41 PM

Princess had a rough start in life. She was born HIV-infected. Her mother was often sick, and there was little family support for her own struggles with HIV. But Princess’ mother had recently started HIV treatment and planned to stay on it. She wanted to do everything possible for her daughter, so she made a […]

South Africa’s new sex education curriculum is seen by some as infringing on the rights of parents.
Sex education raises questions about the role of the state in South Africa 30 November 2019, 10:36 AM

Parents or guardians have the primary responsibility for the education of their children, and have the right to be consulted by state authorities with respect to the form that education should take and to take part in its governance.

Steven Mokgalapa
Politicians more concerned about their own well-being than people: Analyst 27 November 2019, 2:30 PM

University of South Africa's Professor Lesiba Teffo says politicians in Africa are more concerned about their own well-being than that of the people who voted them into power.

It’s Time to Negotiate for a Better Future for Africa’s Energy Industry 27 November 2019, 8:46 AM

By enhancing production and streamlining resource management, African countries can finally have the capital to invest in industrialization and in the diversification of their economies, writes João Marques.