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News24.com | Why we need a ‘thuma mina’ trains signalling project team to fix deadly railway network failures

2019-06-16 10:00 For thuma mina to be taken seriously, it has to be broken into to manageable thuma mina projects with clear objectives, responsibilities, timelines and budgets, and managed by competent people, writes Phumlani Moholi. Graphic photographs of injured commuters, burning coaches, mangled railway tracks often symbolise the death and destruction caused by train accidents. The images are stark, disturbing and increasingly part of the national tableau, mostly blamed on train signalling technology failures. We know all too well the heartbreak that a deadly train crash causes. Every year there…

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News24.com | A challenge to the youth to be dauntless in the face of SA’s problems

2019-06-16 07:00 We have the opportunity to serve one another, learn from those around us, keep our government accountable and work not for our own gain but for a better future for those who will come after us, writes Carli van Wyk. Not too long ago we had our sixth democratic election. According to the IEC’s statistics, the number of South Africans under the age of 20 that have registered to vote has decreased to the lowest level since 1999. This is alarming and a clear indication of the frustration…

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News24.com | No country for young people

2019-06-16 07:00 Companies are the most sustainable projects for creating mass employment, and the only way to help them prosper is to foster a climate in which entrepreneurs are willing to take risks in anticipation of reasonable rewards, writes Ann Bernstein. South Africa may have a public holiday dedicated to honouring young people and their contribution to our country, but in most of the ways that matter, this is no country for young people. There are more than 20 million South Africans between the ages of 15 and 34, 41%…

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News24.com | SA’s youth are fed-up and taking the fight into their own hands

2019-06-15 07:00 Yet another election campaign has been waged with the youth being voiceless. Yet another wasted opportunity to genuinely engage on the issue of youth unemployment, writes Ari Goldberg. This Sunday South Africans commemorate Youth Day, a national day of remembrance of the 1976 Soweto uprising which claimed the lives of hundreds of students, traumatised thousands more, and inspired millions. This incredible series of events captures the bravery and courage of the youth and the will for a better reality. It is a testament to the power of unity…

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Fin24.com | What an old Swedish warship can teach SA about Medupi and Kusile

Medupi and Kusile have been described as among the most expensive infrastructure of their type in the world. They were intended to provide SA with 9600 MW of power that could have averted load shedding – flagged as a major contributing factor in the country’s failure to thrive economically. They were to be megaprojects that would come online in 2012 and 2014 respectively, at a cost of R70bn and R80bn. Any South African who had a nodding acquaintance with a newspaper over the last decade watched in despair – assuming…

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News24.com | Mystical bewitchings or political conspiracies? Why are so many politicians being ‘poisoned’?

2019-06-13 11:36 Whether politicians are referring to scientific “Western” poisoning or a mystical bewitching, we deserve to know more about allegations of poisoning including who was responsible and the motive for their actions, writes Mandy Wiener. As Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s offensive went into overdrive this week, she dropped a word that has become suspiciously common in the South African political lexicon over the past few years: poisoning. Initially it was reported that she had personally been poisoned. She then corrected that “misreporting”, explaining that she was actually being accused…

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News24.com | South Africa no longer has a public protector

2019-06-13 09:00 For as long as Busisiwe Mkhwebane pretends to be the Public Protector, the office is seriously undermined and we are denied the opportunity of a competent incumbent who is prepared to pledge practical fidelity to the Constitution, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela. Busisiwe Mkhwebane inadvertently resigned as Public Protector of South Africa by failing to subject herself to the supremacy of the Constitution in 2017. The Public Protector’s office has been demeaned because the incumbent lacks moral capital in the eyes of the public. Mkhwebane disclaimed the Constitution in her…

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News24.com | Bathabile Dlamini makes a U-turn in her resignation letter. Or does she?

2019-06-13 05:00 Race and class still take precedence over gender in the ANC. Patriarchal men are not the only ones to blame for this, unlike what Bathabile Dlamini suggests in her resignation letter, writes Christi van der Westhuizen. In-between the self-justifications and finger-pointing, Bathabile Dlamini is right about one thing in her letter of resignation this week. Questions can indeed be asked about the status of women’s empowerment as a much-vaunted political objective of the ANC’s. But Dlamini’s actions, including this letter, also illustrate how nationalist women can be swept…

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News24.com | The ANC’s Chernobyl

2019-06-12 20:00 It is almost as though there is a quiet acceptance that a “meltdown” always needed to happen, and that South Africans would be wise to simply stand aside and let it all play out, writes Howard Feldman. Like many around the world, I have become completely captivated by the series Chernobyl that is currently being aired on DSTV in South Africa. As the name suggests, it is a mini-series that depicts the catastrophic 1986 nuclear event that occurred in the Ukraine. Although I was only 17 years old…

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News24.com | Why Ramaphosa can’t remove Magashule

2019-06-12 05:00 Any step against Ace Magashule would have to be carefully considered by the broader collective in the ANC NEC and NWC, writes Melanie Verwoerd. If there is one thing that Cyril Ramaphosa must regret more than anything, it is the decision not to challenge the outcome of the election for the position of secretary general at the ANC’s Nasrec conference in 2017. Of course in hindsight we are all geniuses, and at the time he most probably thought that he could manage Ace Magashule. More importantly, he (correctly)…

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