The delivery targets for essential services announced by President Thabo Mbeki appear impressive, but they cannot be assessed without addressing their quality and sustainability. Various ministries have similarly in the past rattled off impressive-sounding figures, but much has been written about the poor quality of the Reconstruction and Development Programme houses.
Some small but significant leftist organisations, such as the Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF), have called on the electorate not to vote in the elections next week. It would be hard to find fault with their argument, but there are several problems with the call not to vote. Ebrahim Harvey explains.
Jowam owner Suez and the City of Johannesburg appear to be violating the basic tenets of a democracy in which the government commits itself to transparency and accountability, according to Ebrahim Harvey, and is the inevitable result of commercialisation and partial privatisation.