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News24.com | Breaking Futures: The day of reckoning may be fast approaching

2019-05-24 12:47 So many statistics are now coming out showing that climate change is going to pose an existential threat to the planet later this century. Yet the American leader denies there is any link between climate change and humankind, writes Clem Sunter. For the last five years, I have been asking people to watch the flags that could turn the world’s political and economic game upside down in the near term. They are now combining with one another in a way that could produce a day of reckoning sooner than…

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News24.com | The second great shift in the destiny of the new South Africa

2019-05-24 06:00 President Ramaphosa’s challenge remains the consolidation of his power within the structures of the ANC. He must, at all costs, ward off any attempt by the Zumaites to have him recalled – as they did with President Mbeki, writes former president FW de Klerk. Cyril Ramaphosa’s election as president of the ANC at Nasrec in December 2017 was the second great turning point in the history of the new South Africa. The first had come at the ANC’s elective conference in Polokwane in 2007, when Jacob Zuma had…

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News24.com | The ANC (and Ramaphosa’s) long walk to redemption

2019-05-24 06:00 When President Cyril Ramaphosa takes the oath of office on Saturday, he will be a troubled man, writes Mukoni Ratshitanga. When President Cyril Ramaphosa takes the oath of office before Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng on Saturday, his mind will be troubled by a plethora of weighty matters. Ramaphosa has surely been meditating over, and grappling with, such matters ever since the dramatic events of February last year saw him replace Jacob Zuma as president of the republic after the latter’s forced resignation. Undoubtedly, first and upper most in…

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News24.com | The myth of non-racialism in SA and how the ANC contributed to it through sport

2019-05-23 17:25 It could be argued that the current state of “race” madness is the result of the disjuncture between the ANC’s ideology of nationhood and the ideal of non-racialism, writes Francois Cleophas. As the media hype around the recent retracted journal article “Age- and education-related effects on cognitive functioning in Colored South African women” fades, new polemics are emerging around another equally nauseating sounding journal article, entitled “Intelligence and slave exports from Africa”. Shortly after the co-author of this article resigned from his university appointment, the former leader of…

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News24.com | The rainbow nation is dead

2019-05-23 05:00 The portrayal of white South Africans as a victimised minority could not be further from the truth and statistics can attest to that. Twenty-five years into democracy, the majority of the economy and land are still in the hands of the few, writes Pearl Mncube. The rainbow nation of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu is dead. While the democratic system has delivered political freedom for black South Africans, the economic legacy of apartheid still endures. Poverty, inequality and joblessness amongst black South Africans, in particular, is pervasive. Recently…

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News24.com | Marketing Archie

2019-05-22 20:27  If DA leader Mmusi Maimane suddenly started tweeting in the same way as EFF leader Julius Malema does, he would be taken to task, writes Howard Feldman. Much has been said of the marketing campaigns of main three parties that contested the South African 2019 elections. Although there are multiple factors that influence the results, there is little doubt that the campaigns of each of these parties had a major impact. The ANC ran a campaign that was designed to separate the tainted ANC as a party from…

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News24.com | 10 points of advice for new MPs

2019-05-22 05:00 Speak out when things go wrong. The oath you will make today is to serve the country and its people – not your political party. Honour that, writes Melanie Verwoerd. A few weeks prior to the 1994 elections I was canvassing with Jan van Eck in the Karoo. Jan was a brave politician who had fearlessly spoken out against apartheid and was also one of the first MPs to join the ANC after its unbanning in 1990. During the hours we spent on the road, I asked Jan…

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News24.com | Want to understand Ace, Mr President? Read the Vrede dairy judgment

2019-05-21 12:16 The truth regarding the Vrede dairy project cannot ignore the role of senior politicians in the Free State who were, for selfish and corrupt reasons, willing to sacrifice the aspirations of 80 impoverished beneficiaries, writes Roy Jankielsohn. If President Cyril Ramaphosa required any reason to mistrust his own party’s secretary general, Ace Magashule, and the Zuma-era appointed Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, he needs go no further than read Judge Ronel Tolmay’s judgment of the Public Protector’s Vrede dairy report. The judgment clearly exposes the lengths to which Zuma…

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News24.com | Why Ramaphosa shouldn’t (and won’t) get rid of Zuma’s ministers

2019-05-21 09:12 The best way to neutralise the Zuma factor in the ANC is to find space for some people so that they do not feel left out of the ‘New Dawn’. It’s strategic deployment: keep them there, yet far from critical levers of power, writes Ralph Mathekga. Political developments in South Africa since the May 8election show that our politics is not about to turn dull. There have been interesting shifts, showing that the next term of Parliament will be even more sizzling than the previous one. The nation…

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News24.com | Why our politics needs a good dose of femininity

2019-05-21 05:00 Those making the case for higher representation of women in public life and service need to base it on the value this would add to ensuring that feminine values are infused into our politics, writes Mamphela Ramphele. We have to grasp the opportunities of this post-election period to reimagine a society that reflects the ideals of human rights, dignity and gender equality to enhance the quality of life in our young democracy.  We need to go beyond simply pushing for higher representation of women above the designated 44%…

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