News24.com | IN FOCUS | Zweli Mkhize‘s 4-point plan to fix municipalities

News24.com | IN FOCUS | Zweli Mkhize‘s 4-point plan to fix municipalities

The Auditor General‘s recent report on local municipalities painted a grim picture of the state of local governance. The report showed that only 33 of the country’s 257 municipalities had received a clean audit in 2016-17, down from 48 in the previous year. 31% of municipalities were found to be dysfunctional. Barely 100 days in office, new Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Dr Zweli Mkhize is confident […]

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Sport24.co.za | Departing SA coaches give SA Rugby grey hairs

Sport24.co.za | Departing SA coaches give SA Rugby grey hairs

South African coaches lured abroad by more financially lucrative pound / euro / yen-paying jobs, spells double disaster for the game in the country. Not only is their vast expertise lost (English, French, Japanese clubs only chase the shrewdest of rugby brains), but more damagingly, they have this nasty habit of enticing a host of players who previously did duty for them, along for the ride. Think the Saracens dynasty […]

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News24.com | SA needs to reverse corporate capture of agricultural policy

News24.com | SA needs to reverse corporate capture of agricultural policy

South Africans are embroiled in heated debates about the expropriation of . But very little space is being devoted to how the country’s scarce arable land could and should be used once it has been acquired. This is an important part of the puzzle given that the country’s existing industrial agricultural system has failed on a number of levels. A quarter of the country’s population goes hungry . Price inflation […]

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News24.com | Local government is in crisis. How it can be fixed

News24.com | Local government is in crisis. How it can be fixed

Most of South Africa’s 257 municipalities are in a disastrous financial position. According to the country’s Auditor General, only 33 (13%) are in full compliance with the relevant legal requirements, and produced quality financial statements and performance reports. The most recent from Auditor General, , shows that nearly a third (31%) of the municipalities indicated that they are not financially viable. In business terms that means they are not going […]

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News24.com | Has Trump blown chances for talks with NKorea?

News24.com | Has Trump blown chances for talks with NKorea?

Washington – After inflating a bubble of expectation for a historic summit with North Korea, President Donald Trump popped it. His withdrawal from a hastily arranged summit with Kim Jong Un drew strong criticism and some praise in Washington. Trump opponents said he botched a delicate, diplomatic dance with North Korea, at the risk of fueling tensions, cold-shouldering allies like South Korea and making China less willing to put economic […]

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Fin24.com | Gerrie Nel: Out of the reputational frying pan into the fire

Fin24.com | Gerrie Nel: Out of the reputational frying pan into the fire

South Africa was almost split in half when Gerrie Nel left the National Prosecutions Authority a little over a year ago, ostensibly frustrated by a combination of the suspected reluctance and the inexplicably slow pace of the NPA in going after politically connected suspects for various forms of crime. At the time, Media 24 announced that it “reliably understands from three sources that career state advocate Gerrie Nel will be […]

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News24.com | Why megaprojects to deliver houses might not work

News24.com | Why megaprojects to deliver houses might not work

In 2014, the South African government announced a new direction in housing . The aim was to phase out smaller low cost housing projects of a few hundred units and focus exclusively on megaprojects – new settlements made of multitudes of housing units combined with a host of social amenities. Given the uneven access to housing that resulted from apartheid, housing delivery has been a major focus of since 1994. […]

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Sport24.co.za | What caused Willemse walkout? It doesn‘t even matter anymore …

Sport24.co.za | What caused Willemse walkout? It doesn‘t even matter anymore …

Ashwin Willemse walking off set during a live Super Rugby broadcast on Saturday night left jaws hanging all around the country. It will go down as one of the most dramatic moments in South African television history, thanks largely to the way in which the former Springbok wing and 2007 World Cup winner made his exit.  Willemse was fuming. There was a clear sense of enough being enough, of being pushed […]

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News24.com | The Calatas, Cradock… and a crime against humanity

News24.com | The Calatas, Cradock… and a crime against humanity

“On the night my father was killed, I was three years and eight months old. Dorothy was just weeks away from her tenth birthday, while my 26-year-old mother was seven months pregnant with my younger sister, Tumani.” So writes Lukhanyo Calata in his book (co-written with his wife Abigail), My Father Died For This. The names Calata and Cradock loom large over the history of our country‘s struggle against, and […]

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News24.com | IN FOCUS | Captain Vinny Pillay, SA‘s first Integrity Idol

News24.com | IN FOCUS | Captain Vinny Pillay, SA‘s first Integrity Idol

“The type of person who will give his life for someone else without hesitation.” That is how Umhlali community members describe Captain Vinny Pillay who was crowned South Africa‘s first Integrity Idol in Cape Town at the weekend. Pillay is a police officer at the Umhlali police station in KwaZulu-Natal. Described as a pillar of his community, he engages the youth by facilitating workshops in local schools. In his role […]

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News24.com | Let‘s cry for Palestine

News24.com | Let‘s cry for Palestine

Writing in The Guardian newspaper this week, Arab-American author Moustafa Bayoumi decried the language used in his country’s press to describe the killings of Palestinians by Israeli forces this week. Moustafa cited the use of passive phrases such as “dozens of Palestinians have died in protests”, “Gaza buries its dead”, “leave dozens dead” and “clashes” among those that give the impression that there is no perpetrator. “It’s almost as if […]

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News24.com | The De Lille issue is not about colour

News24.com | The De Lille issue is not about colour

Tebogo Khaas’ analysis of the Patricia de Lille matter (“DA after the De Lille saga”, City Press, May 13 2018) reveals the danger inherent in identity politics. Our sad history of legislated racialism has left us with the unfortunate habit of groupthink, in which we approach political and electoral issues as members of a race or ethnic group, rather than as free-thinking individuals. This has not served South Africa well […]

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News24.com | Sam‘s darkroom is closed

News24.com | Sam‘s darkroom is closed

Every revolution has its defining moment. The Chinese democracy protest of 1989 stays frozen behind a lone protester facing a column of People’s Army tanks in Tiananmen Square. South Africa’s defining moment was when police massacred protesting learners in Soweto, sparking an international outcry that created faultlines that cracked apartheid’s foundation. The year is 1996 and I am a young journalist with a community newspaper called African Sun, which was […]

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News24.com | ANC‘s march to a new dawn

News24.com | ANC‘s march to a new dawn

It is without doubt that the ANC was gripped by factional battles in the lead-up to last December’s elective conference. At the centre of the internecine warfare were the so called NDZ (Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma) supporters pitted against a group that coalesced around the current President Cyril Ramaphosa under the CR17 banner. The NDZ campaign was predicated on the radical economic transformation mantra and a crude crusade against the ghost and […]

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News24.com | We‘re bound together by spilt blood

News24.com | We‘re bound together by spilt blood

In 2005, Noby Ngombane responded to his chiming doorbell and opened the door to his assassins. His five-year-old daughter, Zandile, who had followed him, watched as her father’s body was torn open by bullets. Last year, during a deep therapeutic process, her memories of what she saw that evening surfaced. For the first time, she spoke about the three men in balaclavas at the door and the car they were […]

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News24.com | Diminishing civic activism in black middle class

News24.com | Diminishing civic activism in black middle class

It should be clear by now to anyone who cares to see that AfriForum is nothing more than a fringe right-wing pressure group that is getting more media attention than it actually deserves. As a result, it sets the agenda for our national discourse. This is the organisation that has seen fit to travel overseas and link up with other right-wing organisations and personalities, to jeopardise South Africa’s relations with […]

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News24.com | Beware the surveillance state

News24.com | Beware the surveillance state

Stopping the Spies: Constructing and resisting the surveillance state in South Africa by Jane Duncan Wits University Press 292 pages R350 The fact that South Africa has a lawful, targeted interception “regime” that forbids arbitrary interception, and requires judicial authorisation for interceptions, is a major advance on the situation under apartheid. It is also ahead of other countries that make the granting of interception directions political decisions taken by executive […]

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News24.com | Where have all the great leaders gone?

News24.com | Where have all the great leaders gone?

In the past century, the African continent has been bestowed with leaders, great and small, who ruled both economically depressed nations and economically prosperous nations. What is known is that there are different styles of leadership, including democratic, socialist and communist – but no leader would ever stand up and call him or herself a dictator. The African continent has had its fair share of leaders who were well educated, […]

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News24.com | Farmers willing to participate in land reform – Roelf Meyer

News24.com | Farmers willing to participate in land reform – Roelf Meyer

There is a maturity and willingness to participate in land reform in the agriculture community that is being totally overlooked by government, former politician and businessman Roelf Meyer believes. “I think there‘s been tremendous growth in the views of people in the agriculture industry over the past five years,” he said in an interview at the Nampo Harvest Day in Bothaville, where he was part of two Nation in Conversation […]

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News24.com | SA needs to box clever in its David vs Goliath duel with Trump

News24.com | SA needs to box clever in its David vs Goliath duel with Trump

Recent actions by US President Donald Trump’s administration are severely straining relations with South Africa’s new government led by President Cyril Ramaphosa. And relations between the two governments are likely to worsen. The first blow was last month’s threat by Trump’s UN Ambassador Nikki Haley that countries would be punished. According to a list of the 2017 General Assembly vote counts released in March, South Africa was one of the […]

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