South Africa: LGE 2016 - Interview - Lenasia Ward 8 Independent Candidate Nazar Loonat
South African political parties are bracing themselves for the 3 August 2016 election showdown, and so are independent election candidates. But, in a volatile political space such… Read more »
South Africa: Ruling Party Divided Over President, Western Cape Leader?
In January, shortly after news that a young woman had charged ANC Western Cape chairman Marius Fransman with sexual assault, ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe was unequivocal… Read more »
South Africa: LGE 2016 - DA Digs in On Joburg Advertising 'Abuse'
In Johannesburg, it's the year of Mayor Parks Tau: His face is all over the city. The DA claims the ANC is using city resources for an election scam, while the city and the ANC say… Read more »
South Africa: Education - From Crisis to Opportunity
Education in South Africa has been in crisis for decades. It has more than failed to live up to the ANC promise of "free, quality education" as proposed by the Mandela… Read more »
Africa: Rio 2016 - World Leading Times Vs World Records in the Olympic Swimming Season
If the 2016 season's best times are anything to go by, we could very well be in for a treat when the swimming events begin at the Rio Olympics. Read more »
South Africa: LGE 2016 - ANC Claws Back With Race Baiting, Veterans and the Dab
Had the local government elections happened in April instead of August, the ANC would have been fighting fires over the Constitutional Court judgement on Nkandla and the backlash… Read more »
South Africa: What's in a (Street) Name? Pretoria Belongs to All Who Live in It
It comes as no surprise that those who have entrenched their identity in a community will go to great lengths to protect that privilege. That is the prevailing fact in Tshwane… Read more »
South Africa: Rio 2016 - South Africa At the Games - All the Times, Events and Highlights
The Olympic schedule is a smörgåsbord of action and the time difference will make you cringe. South Africa has entered a team of over 130 athletes (a big chunk of those… Read more »
South Africa: Does South Africa Have a Foreign Policy?
In a new book, veteran Africa correspondent Liesl Louw-Vaudran tries to explain South African foreign policy, especially as it manifests on the African continent. Her conclusion?… Read more »
South Africa: Van Graan and Richards Pay Back the Funny - and the Curry
With a play called Pay Back The Curry, it would be easy to fill a review with quips about it being red hot, spicy and full of flavour. Read more »
Lesotho: A Lesotho Reporter Recounts Hours of Tense and Intimidating Interrogation
The trouble started at about 17:00 on June 23, when my phone rang while I was having my hair done at Maseru's My Vision salon. It was a police officer, Senior Superintendent Teboho… Read more »
South Africa: EFF's Floyd Shivambu - the Man Behind the Man Behind the Man
Floyd Shivambu, deputy president of the Economic Freedom Fighters, is leading his outfit's election campaign for Johannesburg. He and the party believe they will triple the support… Read more »
South Africa: The Final 10 Days, With Party Turbulence Ahead
We are now in the most crucial, most important, and most critical phase of the 2016 local government elections. The ANC has come slightly later than usual to the campaigning party… Read more »
South Africa: KwaZulu-Natal - All Quiet On the Eastern Front As Ramaphosa Meets 'Clever Blacks'
The disenchantment of the middle class is often cited as a contributor to the downward slide in the ANC's popularity in urban areas. KwaZulu-Natal bucked the trend in the last… Read more »
South Africa: Weapon of Mass Instruction - Apartheid SA's Nuclear Arsenal in Mixed Media
Artist Vincent Bezuidenhout's latest exhibition, Fail Deadly, examines the country's clandestine nuclear weapons programme in the 1970s and '80s. But, more important, it asks who… Read more »
South Africa: Zuma Electioneers in Cape Town, With Fransman in Tow - 'The DA Has Failed Cape Town'
The president whose face is splashed on ANC election posters across Cape Town, and at the airport, came to town himself on Thursday. President Jacob Zuma's motorcade zipped across… Read more »
South Africa: Understanding the Cost of Electricity From Medupi, Kusile and Ipps
In order to understand and compare the cost of electricity from a power plant, whether it is coal-fired, nuclear, hydro, gas, wind or solar, one needs to look further than simply… Read more »
South Africa: The Untouchables - Is Marius Fransman Back in the Game?
Many were surprised to see an embattled and yet beaming ANC Western Cape Chairperson Marius Fransman hitting the campaign trail in Philippi Cape Town alongside President Jacob Zuma… Read more »
South Africa: Rio Olympics - How Do 2016 World Track Leading Times Compare to the Records?
The Olympics are two weeks away and we're all swotting up on everything from records to medal hopefuls. In the first of a series of three, ANTOINETTE MULLER looks at how 2016… Read more »
South Africa: Murder, Inc - NPA Appeals Oscar's 'Shockingly Lenient' Six-Year Sentence
The National Prosecuting Authority on Thursday announced it would appeal Oscar Pistorius' six-year sentence for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, calling it shockingly lenient. While… Read more »
South Africa: Finding the Sweet Spot in Sugar Tax
Introducing a sugar tax isn't necessarily a bad thing. But it does require careful implementation in order to be effective. By SALIEM FAKIR, NAN TIAN and TATJANA VON BORMANN. Read more »
South Africa: Hlaudi's Humpty Dumpty Day
The crisis around the SABC, its politically motivated decisions and its Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has become so acute it has forced people like Trade Union… Read more »
South Africa: SABC Buckles, but Crisis Isn't Broken
The SABC has finally buckled. Those challenging the public broadcaster's decision to ban footage of violent protests scored two victories on Wednesday. The SABC has agreed to a… Read more »
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