Civil society must hold governments to account

African civil society has to start lobbying the international community for a greater share of the resources.

Idasa’s demise a lesson for African NGOs

This week the Institute for Democracy in Africa (Idasa), which played a role in South Africa's move to democracy,has closed its doors after 27 years.

The perfect storm that shut down Idasa

The news of the closure of Idasa, the Institute for Democracy in Africa, has shocked many as it always seemed so strong, well run and well resourced.

Time to come clean on party funding

South Africa is about to enter into the biggest ever public-procurement processes in its history -- involving Eskom and Transnet.

Outcry over ANC ‘hijack’ of information Bill

The introduction of an ANC committee to continue the public consultation process undermines the legitimacy of Parliament.

Councillors’ training ‘lacks transparency’

Idasa has criticised a government training programme for newly elected councillors, saying it would not "ensure their competency".

ANC targets minority vote

The ANC's priority prior to the national elections in three years' time will be to claw back the minority vote.

IEC shrugs off vote-buying allegations

Democracy think-tank Idasa has taken issue with vote-buying practices leading up to the elections, but the IEC has paid their complaints little mind.

The right to demand answers

Communities speak out against state secrecy about matters that directly affect their lives, writes <b>Lynley Donnelly</b>.

Losing faith in local government

The government has failed to meet the expectations of its citizens insofar as service delivery is concerned.

Discontent high over perceptions of corruption

A Idasa survey revealed that, in general, the deterioration of services was seen by 31% to be the result of an increase in corruption.

Corruption the biggest service delivery bugbear

Have municipal services improved, worsened or stayed the same over the four years since the last local government elections?


Democracy will flounder sans Stats SA

As the government bails out state-owned entities, it is leaving a hole in the budget of the agency tasked with telling us what South Africa looks like — one that is crucial to government decisions

The Facebook group taking on South Africa’s white right

Online battle over the ‘white genocide’ narrative on social media has dangerous real-world consequences

Trolley tender causes Acsa eruption

Stolen contract exposes rift in the senior ranks at the state airport’s management companies

Press Releases

Scatec Solar begins another Upington project

SPONSORED Scatec Solar and partners have once again grid connected in the ZF Mcgawu District, and started early commercial...

Over R400-m given to businesses since launch of three-minute overdraft

The 3-minute overdraft radically reduces the time it takes for businesses to have their working capital needs met

Tourism can push Africa onto a new path – minister

The continent is fast becoming a dynamic sought-after tourist destination

South Africa’s education system is broken and unequal, and must be fixed without further delay

The Amnesty International report found that the South African government continues to miss its own education upgrading targets

Business travel industry generates billions

Meetings Africa is ready to take advantage of this lucrative opportunity

Conferences connect people to ideas

The World Expo and Meetings Africa are all about stimulating innovation – and income