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News24.com | Make job creators the most respected people in the country, Mr President

2019-05-19 09:00 The president must introduce measures to change the attitudes of all officials who run public institutions with direct and indirect influence on the economy to have a focus on job creation, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela. President Cyril Ramaphosa is facing unprecedented pressure. It comes from a good place. South Africans want their country to progress. They are tired of being let down by politicians with questionable patriotic credentials. So it is that, never before in our 25-year history as a democracy a president has faced nation-wide concerns about the…

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News24.com | Whether you believe Arthur Fraser or Sydney Mufamadi, ‘The Farm’ is a mess

2019-05-17 14:08 The country’s intelligence agencies have been grossly abused and manipulated. The end result is that we cannot trust that our state security is acting with objectivity and integrity, writes Mandy Wiener. There’s a compound on the Delmas Road just outside Pretoria called Musanda. It houses the spooks and spies, the State Security Agency of South Africa. But to those in the shadows, it’s endearingly referred to as “The Farm”. And The Farm is a mess. We have known this for a while. It’s why President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed…

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News24.com | Zuma will return to court with 3 arguments to end his prosecution. Will he succeed?

2019-05-17 10:19 The Jacob Zuma corruption trial will soon recommence in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court with his new legal team bringing three arguments in favour of a permanent stay of prosecution. It seems doubtful that they will succeed, writes Serjeant at the Bar. The saga relating to the prosecution of Jacob Zuma is moving into a new but certainly not the last phase. An application for a permanent stay of prosecution of Mr Zuma will soon be heard in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court but again not without the negotiation of…

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News24.com | The Sixth Parliament is about to commence. Buckle up

2019-05-17 06:00 Things will get interesting among the opposition parties in the Sixth Parliament. If there was one thing Zuma succeeded in, it was unifying the opposition (and you thought he was a divisive figure!), writes Jan Gerber. With the ballots cast, the votes counted, and the seats calculated, everything is set for the Sixth Parliament to start its term. While the Fifth Parliament for the most part was little more than an extension for Luthuli House, the question arises whether the ANC’s drop in support would mean that it…

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News24.com | Inspire us, Mr President!

2019-05-17 06:00 President Cyril Ramaphosa has a golden opportunity to inspire the nation with his appointment of a Cabinet. He has to replace the same old boring names with new brooms. The country is ready to be surprised, writes Adriaan Basson. Jeff Radebe. Lindiwe Sisulu. Baleka Mbete. The same old names appear on three “lists” of would-be cabinets circulating in the ANC. The lists are exceptionally uninspiring and most probably fake. But there will be some truth to them. They are kites being sent up by different factions and agendas…

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News24.com | Unemployment skyrockets but zero political will from national government

2019-05-16 17:58 It’s frightening to consider that, young people – especially black youth – stand a greater chance of going to prison than qualifying to become doctors or engineers or acquiring other skills desperately needed in our economy, writes Herman Mashaba. To say I am shocked at the recent unemployment statistics is an understatement. I am disgusted! How many more of our fellow South Africans should we watch lose their jobs, and more importantly, their ability to provide for their families before we realise that our economy is broken and…

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News24.com | Young people elected to Parliament, remember your generational mandate

2019-05-16 12:12 Our comrades must not lose touch with the ground. Parliament must not turn them into elites that are detached from the daily realities of the people, writes Mcebo Dlamini. The sixth national general elections of South Africa have been concluded and we have made history by electing the most young people to serve in Parliament throughout the continent. Almost all the political parties have young people who are going to represent them and most of them are student leaders who were at the forefront of the FeesMustFall movement.…

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News24.com | Radio Freedom comes home

2019-05-16 11:40 Radio Freedom was the voice of millions of subjugated South Africans and tuning in brought the latest world news, updates on the liberation struggle, music and songs banned in South Africa and a place for political education, writes Lennox Klaas. During the darkest days of apartheid, Radio Freedom, the voice of the oldest liberation movement, the African National Congress, was the revolutionary tool that inspired many South Africans to actively join the fight for the liberation of South Africa. Broadcasting over shortwave radio from five African countries, its…

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News24.com | ELECTIONS BRIEFS: Why the much-vaunted DA shot blanks

Mmusi Maimane, leier van die DA. Two days out from the national election, on May 6, 2019, the DA’s “war room” on the third floor of their national headquarters in Bruma, Johannesburg, was abuzz. Internal numbers showed the party to be in with a fighting chance to keep the ANC below 50% in Gauteng, while at national level things looked cheerful too: the ANC was polling in the low, low 50s and the DA – fearful of losing as much as four percentage points – was polling north of 24%.…

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News24.com | Congratulations to the people of South Africa for the strength of your democracy!

South Africans vote to queue in the 2019 elections. (Velani Ludidi, GroundUp) Whether in Brussels, Pretoria or Berlin, we all still face many challenges when it comes to elections. Voter participation certainly is a key one; getting young people out to vote in particular. South Africa unfortunately is no exception, writes Martin Schäfer. Congratulations to the people of South Africa for the strength of your democracy! Much has been written about South Africa in the international press in recent months. Most of these articles have focused on the problems and…

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