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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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News24.com | Uniting the middle – the key to South Africa’s success

2019-06-11 13:08 For every Vicki Momberg or Velaphi Khumalo who says vile things about their fellow South Africans, there are ten people who want to work together in building the country, regardless of their race, writes Nicholas Lorimer. If you believed everything you read on social media, or heard from the lips of many of our divisive politicians, and even some talk-show hosts, you could be forgiven for thinking South Africa was as close to civil war as it was in the early 1990s. The familiar picture is one of…

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News24.com | Ramaphosa may find himself isolated in Cabinet on the SARB. Here’s why

2019-06-11 08:45 There are too few people in Cabinet willing to openly side with Ramaphosa on the SARB matter, whilst too many people are quiet and seem to be non-committal in the debate, writes Ralph Mathekga. The ANC is failing to build a consensus on major policy decisions that need to be taken to save South Africa from a downward economic spiral. Listening to public remarks by senior leaders, the party seems divided as to what needs to be undertaken as a matter of urgency to fix the economy.  For…

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News24.com | Gangsterism in our schools: Should we not look beyond matric certificates?

2019-06-11 05:00 We need to stop the criminal wastage of the talent residing in our youthful population by taking steps to transform the socio-economic structures of our society that perpetuate the wounds of divisions, writes Mamphela Ramphele. Gangsterism in our schools challenges us to return to the purpose of education – to prepare young people for life as responsible, critical-thinking confident citizens.   The purpose of education goes far beyond the matric certificate to the heart of the noble task of enabling every child to develop her full potential. Societies that…

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News24.com | Hyper-ventilated debate drowns out important SARB conversation

2019-06-10 09:09 With crisis levels of unemployment and a GDP first quarter decline of 3,2%, we clearly don’t have a balanced, sustainable economy. So, are the reserve bank’s current policies adequate to assisting its constitutional mandate, asks Jeremy Cronin. The ratcheting up of emotions around the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) risks shutting down a critical conversation we need as South Africans. The motivation behind ANC secretary general Ace Magashule wading into this space is, of course, entirely questionable. It’s an internal ANC factional power-play, an attempt to trip up…

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News24.com | Helen Zille: What I learnt from tea with Thuli – personal responsibility is key

2019-06-10 05:00 We avoid biting the bullet of personal responsibility in almost every policy arena – from Aids right through to parents, which is why the success of the Marshall Plan has eluded South Africa, writes Helen Zille. As we rounded off our high tea last week, Professor Thuli Madonsela and I agreed to write two articles each. The first to summarise our own input to the discussion. The second to set out what we learnt. My first article appeared last week on News24. This is my second. Over tea,…

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News24.com | The baffling return of Seth Nthai

2019-06-10 08:35 For very good reasons, the bar for dealing with rogue lawyers is very high. Unlike our mere mortals, lawyers are officers of the court who dedicate their lives to upholding the rule of law, writes Adriaan Basson. There is broad consensus, I think, in South Africa that an independent judiciary and unwavering media saved us from falling off the state capture cliff. It was the journalists and judges who exposed and punished Nkandla, Guptagate and Bosasa. These pillars of democracy must be strengthened for South Africa to recover…

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News24.com | On elections near and far, and on partnerships across the Mediterranean Sea

2019-06-09 07:00 Europe is not only Africa’s direct neighbour and ally. It also is its biggest trading partner and leading investor, far ahead of any other region in the world. What happens in Africa matters in Europe. And what happens in Europe matters in Africa, writes Martin Schäfer. South Africa went to the polls last month. Oh really, Mr Ambassador, you might ask. What else is new? And indeed, it would have been hard to miss South Africa’s election last month. It was a milestone in the country’s 25 years…

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News24.com | Who governs South Africa while policy chaos reigns?

2019-06-07 08:00 Adoption of the approach suggested by Ace Magashule will take South Africa back to the bad old 1980s of the previous century. In the 1980s, the SARB was subservient to the governing National Party, writes Jannie Rossouw. The word “chaos” has many synonyms – for instance, confusion, pandemonium, disarray and turmoil. All these words describe the ANC’s current policy stance on a number of matters, including the SA Reserve Bank. A modern democracy rests on the division of powers between the legislative, the executive and the judiciary. This…

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News24.com | Ramaphosa surrounded by interest groups, as ANC power blocs become unrecognisable

2019-06-07 06:00 Within the ANC of Ramaphosa and the ANC of Zuma are almost separate provincial and city power blocs, which independently align tactically with either the Ramaphosa or Zuma ANC depending on their interests, writes William Gumede. The way President Cyril Ramaphosa put together his Cabinet reflects the changed power dynamics in the ANC, away from ideological and ANC organisational constituents, to one which is now divided between provinces, cities and interests groups. Ramaphosa’s Cabinet balanced all the different regions and interest groups within the ANC. The governing party…

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