OPINION: For Mandela’s sake, progressive world must expel Israeli envoys over apartheid against Palestine

13 May 2021, 11:15 AM
The right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should urgently seek wise counsel from South Africa’s last President , says Abbey Makoe.
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

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.