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Breaking down President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address
This was the president’s promising refrain throughout his state of the nation address
Popular support is crucial for the president in this election. If the ANC loses seats, Cyril Ramaphosa is in peril; if the party gains voters, he’s safe
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation address marks the official start of the parliamentary year but MPs are not expected to do much for the duration of their term.
If there ever was an introduction to Baleka Mbete, it is the ritual during five stormy years in office
My father is an activist. He’s got a car and when people had no water, he would tell me: ‘Go collect the containers of the neighbours, because we are going for water.’
The M&G Data Desk analysed 29 State of the Nation addresses (Sona) since 1994.
A total of 97 530 words were pulled from the government’s website and categorised according to their dates and related speakers.
There are structural challenges in the sector that need practical and urgent intervention by the government for the country to move forwards
The appointment of the provincial task team after the PEC’s disbandment was declared unlawful and the ANC was ordered to pay the legal costs of the two high court bids.
While the country was fixated on protests that changed the face of higher learning in South Africa, when students initiated the #FeesMustFall movement, workers were fighting for their very survival. The #OutsourcingMustFall movement hardly registered as a blip for most, but the struggle and its outcomes would change lives forever, writes Bongekile Macupe
The embattled deputy head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Nomgcobo Jiba, was not crime intelligence “Agent SA71”. This is according to testimony by police Colonel Kobus Roelofse at the Mokgoro inquiry last Friday.
The belief is the Hawks want to get the big fish and are hoping the minnows will bring them in
Disease caused the death of 55-million indigenous Americans, resulting in the reforestation of vast tracts of land
She locked officials in a boardroom for five hours when some employees didn’t attend a meeting
New research in the journal Nature Climate Change shows that climate change is dramatically reducing their numbers, and this advantage.
Until now, the former national director of public prosecutions has not been cross-examined
Although youth unemployment remains a problem for the country, more and more graduates are finding jobs
What the effect will be is not yet known but the children themselves will never be the same again
Cricket South Africa may have driven out the Hansie Cronje devil but fixers and gangsters still plague the game
The ANC proposes to continue working with large agricultural businesses, an approach that has to date marginalised small-scale farmers
Pregnancy in South Africa is getting safer, but still not safe enough. Here’s what the health department says they’re doing about it
The continent’s largest film industry has been getting mental health all wrong with dangerous consequences. Now, that’s changing
Human rights group details abuses in Zimbabwe with further turmoil in store
The Central African Republic’s latest conflict flared in 2013 and eight previous deals have failed
After all we have been through, we still don’t get to define our own continent. This holds us back
The pressure on Eskom bonds has eased and the rand has rallied but global events can change that
On January 29 this year, British-headquartered banking group Standard Chartered pleaded guilty to charges of foreign currency manipulation
Unionists want greater transparency after revelations and allegations about impropriety
South Africa is open for business and the government is committed to ensuring the mining industry has a stable regulatory and policy environment.
It’s now okay to smoke cannabis, or at least it’s legal as long as you don’t buy your supply. But what about drinking it?
Particulates, prevalent in cosmetic and household products, and are now in our food chain
COMMENT & ANALYSIS:
The abuse of state resources is devastating for the poor but it opens a door for people who often have no other way of getting ahead
‘One year post-Jacob Zuma and the light of the new dawn is still there but the air is heavily polluted’
‘Offshore rigs have made some countries rich. They have also proven to be the feeding ground for corrupt elites’
Our readers write in about fixing the country’s wetlands, protests, corruption and faith
The public, not private companies or governments, should limit dangerous digital deception
Corruption has gone too far in SA to be eradicated but other nations have used it to their advantage
The Democratic Alliance is ‘rudderless’ and its inexperienced leader is unable to navigate the pitfalls of the political landscape
Choosing not to vote is a democratic choice, which can send a powerful message to those who harp on about those who died to make it possible
According to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef), the births of about 230-million children under the age of five — about one-third of the world’s total — have never been registered.
‘Having gone over the bill multiple times, I noticed a single decaf coffee ordered as dessert. It frightened me. Why did my friends deprive themselves? Does life not begin at 40?’
The issue of abuse of power, contrary to how it is often tackled, is not just about gender
Varied examination systems only help to better assessment and to ensure that national curriculums are used instead of foreign ones
The ability to think analytically and beyond surface-level information is a skill that brings solutions to the world’s issues
Unlike South Africa, India does not tax books unless they are imported. In this way, I was able to buy books by Indian author friends for very low prices
Shampoonaiza Comedy Show, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, Anton Karstel 1995–2018
About six months ago, long-time friends Bradley Williams and DJ Kenzhero opened up Artivist. In the heart of Braamfontein, Johannesburg, the restaurant-cum-gallery seeks to become a lighthouse of cultural experiences. Zaza Hlalethwa spoke to its owners
An epic first solo show attempts to establish a visual vernacular that South African Indians can relate to
Africa and Italy, so similar in so many ways, have shaped a Jo’burg restaurateur
Amassing a hoard of literary treasures is essential for some but so is sharing the love
Months after the women’s U-17 World Cup, pleas from the team’s backup staff remain unanswered
Four semifinal fails in the past five iterations of the competition prove their nearly-there-but-not-quite status.
Sundowns fans ‘vang gees’ as 3-0 win over Black Leopards on home turf augurs well for the future
Coach Ernst Middendorp’s history with Bucs may bring the winning streak to Amakhosi
Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Virgil Vries has this Saturday to prove whether he is the real makoya for the Glamour Boys.