Steven Friedman

 

Thought Leader wins blog of the year

Kyoko Hasegawa, Daniel Rook

The Mail & Guardian Online's Thought Leader , where some of South Africa's finest minds stir up debate every day, on Wednesday evening scooped South African web log of the year at the 2008 SA Blog Awards, beating formidable competition.

Investors fear jump to left under Zuma

Isaac Mangena

Investors will closely eye the African National Congress's election conference next week, fearing a victorious Jacob Zuma would chart a leftist course. Maarten-Jan Bakkum, an economist at ABN Amro Asset Management, said the thought of Zuma governing Africa's economic powerhouse left many investors uneasy.

All eyes on Zuma at ANC anniversary

Staff Reporter

New African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma will make his first keynote speech on Saturday, since taking over the party leadership from President Thabo Mbeki. His speech will form part of celebrations for the 96th anniversary of the party. The anniversary rally will take place at the Super Stadium in Atteridgeville, Pretoria.

ANC on knife edge ahead of Polokwane

Mariette Le Roux

President Thabo Mbeki risks being cast aside by his party next week in favour of an arch rival who may yet be charged with corruption. Mbeki still has two years left as head of state but analysts say a defeat at the hands of Jacob Zuma in the African National (ANC) Congress leadership contest could leave him a lame duck.

ANC divisions run through Cabinet, says analyst

Staff Reporter

A reported spat between Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya and Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota was an indication of how the divisions within the African National Congress (ANC) were running through the Cabinet, a political analyst said on Wednesday.

The great Zuma debate

Richard Davies

In the fierce debate raging around the man tipped to become South Africa's next president, African National Congress deputy president Jacob Zuma, there are few neutrals. With less than a fortnight to go before the ruling party's national conference in Polokwane, reports show a country split over the politician.

Death knell for floor-crossing

Staff Reporter

Floor-crossing will finally be scrapped, a media report said on Thursday. Following on a decision by the African National Congress's Polokwane conference, Parliament's committee on private members' legislative proposals on Wednesday agreed to a draft Bill that will lead to the scrapping of the practice.