September 25, 2017



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The fellows who are calling on workers to sacrifice their wages are still to acknowledge their role in the creation of this monumental disaster. They are still to acknowledge their role in the destruction of the very Cosatu which today is a sorry shadow of its former self. A response to Mkhuseli ‘Khusta’ Jack.
Posted: September 25, 2017, 10:30 pm
Last week 68 people were rescued as a ferry transporting passengers from Robben Island sank. Images show the ever-reliable National Sea Rescue Institute carrying passengers off the sinking ferry. It seemed a motif of sorts for the beloved country, sinking under the weight of state capture and flailing in the face of the absence of leadership. Like passengers on the sinking ferry, we seem to be waiting for a rescue mission.
Posted: September 25, 2017, 10:30 pm
As the international fallout unravels over the Gupta empire whose prolific expansion was aided and abetted by elements and factions in the ANC leadership and the boards of State-owned Enterprises, and the extent of state capture is revealed – “things fall apart; the centre cannot hold”. And there is a potential for “mere anarchy” to be “loosed upon” the Rainbow Nation (apology to W.B. Yeats). With Bell Pottinger hovering on bankruptcy, and KPMG in the doldrums, the spotlight turns on McKinsey.
Posted: September 25, 2017, 10:30 pm
Many have questioned the reasoning behind Third World Quarterly’s publication of Bruce Gilley’s offensive article The Case for Colonialism, with some asking for its withdrawal. In my view, the former point is more important than the latter.
Posted: September 25, 2017, 10:29 pm
Nothing illustrates better the paucity of the ANC’s developmental state philosophy than the failure of the South Africa Connect broadband roll-out plan to connect 50% of the population to the internet by 2016 and 90% by 2020. By MARIAN SHINN.
Posted: September 25, 2017, 10:29 pm
It has been claimed before in this publication that this period before the ANC’s December leadership contest could turn out to be the most crucial time, that the twists and turns now occurring could be decisive to the result at the end of the year. After several months in which it appeared Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was gathering steam, while Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was stuck in first gear, Zweli Mkhize suddenly leapt from the starting gate. Then, over the weekend, ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe got his oar in and started to row hard for Ramaphosa. It is turning into a topsy-turvy race in which almost anything could happen. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
Posted: September 25, 2017, 10:28 pm
Administratively it doesn’t really matter whether the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal goes to the ANC’s national elective conference in December in its current form or as a reconstructed provincial task team, so why is it such a big deal for the party? What happened in the province on Heritage Day on Monday might, however, gives some small clue. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
Posted: September 25, 2017, 10:28 pm
From the UN General Assembly to Tanzania and Zimbabwe, KRISTEN VAN SCHIE brings you a weekly round-up of news making regional waves.
Posted: September 25, 2017, 10:28 pm
It has been a particularly busy week for international politics. There is the increasingly rancorous and confusing row between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un over the latter’s efforts to develop nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them. There have been the German election results, with the entry into its national legislature of a far-right political party for the first time in over a half-century. And in the US, there has been the ugly squabble between Trump and the entire National Football League and its team owners and players over knees and anthems. Just before that, there was much global sniggering about Donald Trump’s mispronunciation of the name of an African country when he apparently meant to praise the success of “Nambia’s” national health programmes. Most people thought that was a bizarre mash-up of the names of three very real countries: the Gambia, Zambia and Namibia. But, the astonishing truth is Nambia really does exist. And that nation was on Trump’s mind, particularly because he had just decided to name former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as US ambassador there. J. BROOKS SPECTOR takes a closer look at this mythic land.
Posted: September 25, 2017, 10:27 pm
Inclusive growth and radical economic transformation have become contending ideas about SA’s future growth path. In a series of articles based on a new report entitled OPPORTUNITIES FIRST: A new lens for tackling poverty and inequality in middle-income democracies produced by the Centre for Development and Enterprise, ANN BERNSTEIN, CDE’s executive director, has made the case for a different way of thinking about the goal of development that gives considerable policy content to the slogan of inclusive growth. The final article in this series summarises the argument.
Posted: September 25, 2017, 10:27 pm
Government should engage with the pro-Biafra agitators, not popularise their cause through crackdowns. By ISS TODAY.
Posted: September 25, 2017, 3:19 pm
The future of the ANC’s KwaZulu-Natal leadership remains in doubt after the national executive committee (NEC) on Friday said it would decide within three days whether to appeal the judgment declaring the 2015 provincial conference null and void. By GREG NICOLSON.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 7:23 pm
Progress has been made, but financing remains one among several key issues that must be resolved. By Gustavo de Carvalho and Lesley Connolly for ISS TODAY.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 2:55 pm
“The people are suffering because crime has taken over. We’re crying for help,” say residents. By Nomfundo Xolo and Ashraf Hendricks for GROUNDUP.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 2:36 pm
Optimum Coal Mine will pay its employees late this month, after the North Gauteng High Court on Thursday dismissed the Guptas’ urgent court bid to prevent the Indian-based Bank of Baroda from closing its accounts. By Jan Cronje for Fin24.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 1:49 pm
With the words, “the new, alien and corrupt ANC, dear friends, is incapable of self-correcting”, Makhosi Khoza divorced her political party of 36 years due to some irreconcilable differences in a lone-wolf press conference. Twenty four hours after having resigned from the ANC and from her job as member of parliament so publicly, what are her political options? By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 1:36 pm
Parmed, the medical aid scheme for national and provincial law makers and judges, at its Friday board meeting ditched KPMG as its auditors. This is understood to be the first such move by an organisation related to the state, as the domino effect of reputational damage to the auditing company continues. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 1:27 pm
Two ousted PetroSA board members have lost their legal bid for reinstatement and to serve out the remainder of their term but the judge was not convinced they had acted out of self interest. By JESSICA BEZUIDENHOUT for SCORPIO.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 1:09 pm
by James PHEBY London transport authorities said Friday they would not renew Uber's licence to operate in the city when it expires due to public safety concerns, although the US-based ride-hailing app has said it will appeal.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:38 am
A handshake and a beer could have resolved differences between SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane's bodyguard, Thabo Titi, and SARS legal specialist Vlok Symington, a Pretoria High Court judge has found. The court also found Symington's allegation that he had been held hostage in the SARS boardroom by the Hawks and Titi “melodramatic”. This opens the way for Symington to face disciplinary charges including insubordination and misconduct. By MARIANNE THAMM.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:26 am
Former South Africa Under-19 captain Aiden Markram will make his Test debut in the first Test against Bangladesh, starting in Potchefstroom next Thursday.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:22 am
A Drain on our Dignity provides a visual slice through townships of Cape Town. By Edgar Pieterse for GROUNDUP.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:15 am
The Wills Act unfairly discriminates against second and subsequent wives. By Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane for GROUNDUP.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 10:43 am
War of words erupts between Trump and Un, Mexico's rescue efforts lose hope, and Mugabe calls out 'Golden Goliath'.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 4:00 am
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe did not mince words at the United Nations Thursday about Donald Trump, mocking the US president as the "Giant Gold Goliath."
Posted: September 22, 2017, 3:25 am
by Jean ARCE / Yussel GONZALEZ Mexico waited anxiously on Thursday for signs of life in the rubble of collapsed buildings as a desperate search for survivors of a devastating earthquake entered a third day.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 3:19 am
by Shaun TANDON / Andrew BEATTY The United States ramped up sanctions aimed at curtailing North Korea's nuclear weapons drive Thursday, as Kim Jong-Un vowed that Donald Trump's "deranged" threats would only toughen his resolve. 
Posted: September 22, 2017, 3:14 am
by Hector RETAMAL and Edgardo RODRIGUEZ Puerto Rico grappled with the prospect of more flooding on top of an island-wide power outage following Hurricane Maria as the death toll from the powerful storm hit 21, most of them on the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 3:08 am
Another week, another crisis. South African rugby seems to be swinging from one nadir to the next. And while New Zealand’s playing style is often seen as the benchmark for excellence, it is their approach to fostering inclusive structures that could really teach the suits a lesson or two. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 11:21 pm
Various reports have emerged that the CEO of the Public Investment Corporation, the manager of the Government Employees Pension Fund, has been targeted for removal from his post. That has been denied but, like Pavlov’s Dog, we are conditioned to the same tedious rigmarole of removal/suspension of those in the way of President Jacob Zuma’s looting. It starts, as always, with the emergence of some “report” of malfeasance and the mechanics then play out with the same result at the end. The hurdle is removed and Zuma puts the Gupta-selected crony in his/her place. By DIRK DE VOS.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 10:56 pm
Perhaps the greatest challenge facing South Africa’s political leaders is to develop an effective empowerment policy that can accelerate the movement of large numbers of disadvantaged people into the middle classes.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 10:51 pm
Each week, Daily Maverick brings you a round-up of the week’s odder happenings in South Africa and further afield. This week: victim or pity party?
Posted: September 21, 2017, 10:19 pm
How can editorial cartoons better connect the dots between the social determinants of injustice and not just the individuals who profit from it?
Posted: September 21, 2017, 10:17 pm
Sparks sits in his shack in an informal settlement in Kliptown smoking a pipe with his friends. Just above his head a tangle of wires snakes out of the shack in all directions, a veritable distribution board supplying power to hundreds of residents of one of Johannesburg’s oldest townships. His connections are illegal but it’s the only way residents here can access electricity. By BHEKI C SIMELANE.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 10:12 pm
After three gang-related killings in a week, the community of Ocean View in Kommetjie, Cape Town, took to the streets on Thursday to protest at what they claim is a lack of policing in the area. By SHAUN SWINGLER.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 10:09 pm
Civil society organisations on Wednesday announced a People’s Tribunal on Economic Crime to be held in Johannesburg in November. The state’s not willing to act, but someone has to. Such tribunals have been successful before and this one could provide a record of evidence for future leaders to prosecute the corrupt. By GREG NICOLSON.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 10:07 pm
Perhaps the most mind-boggling of the ANC government’s unwritten rules is the one that states: “All apartheid-era political killers shall be let off the hook.” In among the documents that didn’t get presented as oral evidence during the re-opened Timol inquest in August 2017 was a showdown between a senior NPA advocate and a world-class police and investigations expert. Put it this way: it’s another big loss for truth. By KEVIN BLOOM.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 10:06 pm
Posted: September 21, 2017, 10:00 pm
Former finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his former deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, were locked in a meeting with KPMG International chair John Veihmeyer in Johannesburg on Thursday afternoon. After emerging from the meeting in the evening, Gordhan and Jonas released a joint statement. By PAULI VAN WYK for SCORPIO.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 4:44 pm
Against difficult odds, the quality of local observer missions in Africa is improving. Liesl Louw-Vaudran for ISS TODAY.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 2:36 pm
By-elections held on 20 September saw the African National Congress (ANC) fall short in their bid to win a super marginal ward in Gamagara (Kathu area) in the Northern Cape from the Democratic Alliance (DA), while the ANC and DA had comfortable holds in two other wards. There was also a strong second place for a faded political party in the City of Cape Town by-election. By WAYNE SUSSMAN.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 2:13 pm
The ANC benches in Parliament on Thursday gained one doctor, former African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, as it lost another, Makhosi Khoza. The governing party knew of the arrival of the one, but not the departure of the other. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 1:08 pm
On Thursday, the North Gauteng High Court dismissed Oakbay’s application to stop the Bank of Baroda closing the accounts of about 20 Gupta-owned companies. As things stand now, the Bank of Baroda is due to pull the plug on Gupta accounts at the end of September. The judgment may prove a significant nail in the coffin of the Guptas’ South African empire. By REBECCA DAVIS.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 11:43 am
Cape Town – The North Gauteng High Court on Thursday dismissed the Guptas’ urgent court bid to prevent the Bank of Baroda from closing its accounts.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 8:38 am
Google is set to announce it is buying part of Taiwan-based smartphone maker HTC, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 8:32 am
by Sofia MISELEM / Sylvain ESTIBAL Climbing onto a pile of rubble that used to be a building may not seem the most obvious thing to do for someone who has just survived an earthquake.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 8:25 am
Harare – Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe is reportedly plotting a "final push" to oust Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the forthcoming Zanu-PF youth interface rally in Harare.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 8:20 am
Mexican earthquake claims school, and Champions League 2019 final location decided.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 1:16 am
Three years after the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry, the office of the Western Cape Premier said it was satisfied with the progress it was making in turning things around. But the activists who set the ball rolling are not so sure. They say the National Ministry of Police is not coming to the party, limiting the capacity of others to keep making improvements. The matter will be heard in the Equality Court in November. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
Posted: September 20, 2017, 10:17 pm
You are the guardians of us as citizens, sworn to uphold ethics in the business sector, I told the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants this week. Courage is free. It has to be more action than hanging a portrait of Nelson Mandela in your reception or boardroom, or doing the CEO sleep-out, or committing to 67-whatever.
Posted: September 20, 2017, 10:16 pm
How must government go about resourcing schools without sacrificing democratic school governance and facilitating further inequality and further alienation of mainly poor communities from claiming their schools as sites of liberation and empowerment?
Posted: September 20, 2017, 10:14 pm
If the ANC allows individual ambitions to dominate instead of doing what is right come the December elective conference, we will see trouble when it comes to the 2019 general elections.
Posted: September 20, 2017, 10:12 pm
Late on Wednesday, scientists at Wits University announced that they had possibly found a missing piece of the puzzle in how complex life evolved. But if South Africa is to continue putting itself on the map where fundamental science is concerned, we face significant funding hurdles. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
Posted: September 20, 2017, 10:10 pm
Stricter quotas are failing as fishers turn to poaching to make a living. By Steve Kretzmann for GROUNDUP.
Posted: September 20, 2017, 10:06 pm
Not everyone who participates in the world of Cape wine is a recreational consumer of the fruits of our vineyards: there are other consumers, living in communities where hope for a better life has long ago faded into the gloom of despair, and where alcohol – cheap wine, and cheaper so-called ales – as well as tik and nyaope are used to block out the vista of desperation extending endlessly into the future. If the industry wishes to transform this labour from a burden borne with resentment to a career of choice, it must come with skills development and the prospect of skilled labour rates and job satisfaction.
Posted: September 20, 2017, 10:04 pm
As the ANC’s elective conference in December gets closer and closer it appears, surprisingly, that some of the heat is leaving the party. That instead of the two factions getting more and more intense in their competition with each other, there is an easing of hostilities. This may be because it’s been a long year, and they’re saving up for the final sprint. But it may also be because the chance of some kind of compromise is in the works. Or that everyone in the party now realises that the major aim should be simply to keep the party going. Either way, the ANC may be preparing to muddle through rather than deal outright with the tensions plaguing it. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
Posted: September 20, 2017, 10:03 pm
What do former Eskom board member Mark Pamensky, former Eskom CFO Anoj Singh, and at least four of the ousted KPMG partners have in common? At least two things, it turns out. First, they have all been implicated in some measure of wrongdoing as a result of the #GuptaLeaks saga (and in KPMG’s case, the handling of the SARS report, too). And second, they are all registered chartered accountants. If it’s possible to single out one professional designation as coming off the worst from this unholy mess, it might just be CA (SA). By REBECCA DAVIS.
Posted: September 20, 2017, 9:58 pm
The constitution of Zimbabwe recognises the rights of persons with disabilities but is limited as it states that government is mandated to act if resources permit, which the already cash-strapped and ailing Zimbabwe government can use in order not to honour its obligation to provide appropriate services for the disabled. By SALLY NYAKANYANGA.
Posted: September 20, 2017, 9:58 pm
In the Western Cape, child murders have dominated the news over the past few months. These brutal killings of defenceless children have understandably caused much outrage and civil society organisations have called for decisive action by the Western Cape Government, in particular for a commission of inquiry to stem the tide of these killings. However, is a commission of inquiry an appropriate response when we know enough about this problem to take action now? By SHANAAZ MATHEWS and LORNA MARTIN.
Posted: September 20, 2017, 9:57 pm
A revolution is brewing in the hearts and minds of Africa’s youth. By JODI WILLIAMS.
Posted: September 20, 2017, 9:56 pm

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