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Covid-19 surges in the Eastern Cape

With people queuing for services, no water, lax enforcement of mask rules and plenty of partying, the virus is flourishing once again, and a quarter of the growth is in the Eastern Cape

The system to save failed councils needs a significant overhaul

Researchers found that interventions only come after the municipality has already collapsed, that the turnaround time is impossibly short, and that constitutional steps have been misinterpreted

Farm dwellers fight to access water and other basic services

Municipalities have failed to prioritise the rights of labour tenants and farmworkers

Sekhukhune’s five-year battle for water back in court

The residents of five villages are calling for the district municipal manager to be arrested

Manage urban transformation to avoid infrastructure blockages

It is possible to urbanise without congestion and the attendant ills through emphasis on better institutions, writes Eddie Rakabe

A partnership between citizens and the state is needed to manage the pandemic

Covid-19 has taught us that we need an effective local government, a preventative and curative health system, evidence-based policing, a politically neutral public service and public participation in governance

Another reason why Eskom is the bull in the fiscal china shop

Although mismanagement and corruption play a role in the financial state of affairs at municipalities, it is not the only reason they are failing

Hard-hit municipalities brace for more deaths

South Africa’s Covid-19-related deaths have been comparatively lower than the rest of the world. But municipalities are preparing for the worst

Time to get tough on failing municipalities

Consequence management would deter ineffective, indifferent, non-compliant and crooked officials whose actions and attitudes prevent the efficient delivery of services to the public

Editorial: Municipal disgrace shames us

We will probably hear premiers, a minister or even the president saying they “condemn in the strongest terms” what is happening in municipalities

AG’s report reveals the municipalities where money goes to waste

Municipalities are in complete disarray, with many of them flagged by the auditor-general for deliberate lack of accountability and tolerance for transgressions by political and administrative leadership while billions are squandered.

Councils skint but officials get pay rise

The president and Cabinet dropped their salaries and rejected a hike, but councillors take 4% more

Asivikelane campaign gives a voice to those living in informal settlements

A response to the coronavirus pandemic is paving the way to ensure people get the attention they deserve and hold government to account

Municipalities need to be reminded of their role in the country

It is usually the most vulnerable in society who are most dependent on local authorities, yet they are the ones stealing from the poor

Very few believe provincial education departments are suddenly efficient

Ordinary citizens have not forgotten that schools were failing before the virus crisis

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Traditional healers need new spaces

Proper facilities supported by well-researched cultural principles will go a long way to improving the image and perception of the practice of traditional medicine

Limpopo big-game farmer accused of constant harassment

A family’s struggle against alleged intimidation and failure to act by the authorities mirrors the daily challenges farm dwellers face

Zondo tightens his grip with criminal complaint against Zuma

The state capture commission’s star witness now faces a criminal complaint and another summons

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Western Cape SMBs look to technology to get them through pandemic

Many companies have over-capitalised on IT infrastructure in the past, and are looking for ways to access simpler, cheaper technology that cuts their costs

Land reform still a hot potato

The land has got to belong to all the people of South Africa, and many believe that there’s no other mechanism for that except expropriation

UP chemical pathology scientists develop ground-breaking nanobodies for Covid-19 detection and therapy

Nanobodies are smaller than conventional antibodies and easier to work with so they are ideal for good cheap sensitive rapid tests for Covid-19

Inclusion as learned experience in higher education

Understanding the complexity of intersections between oppressions relating to race and gender is key to any commitment to creating a culture of inclusion and social justice

Local government in crisis: how it can be fixed

Local governments are supposed to promote non-racial development, in a decentralised manner, but the reality does not match up

Covid-19 accelerates adoption of technology by the African property sector

It’s not the technology itself that is valuable, it’s the opportunities that it creates: this may be the perfect time for reinvention

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