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27 May 2017
                       
 
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26 May 2017
 
 
Populism on the rise as South Africa and Namibia gear up to elect new presidents
THE CONVERSATION
Both South Africa and Namibia’s governing parties are set to hold elective congresses before the end of this year. Those who win the leadership contests will each lead their respective parties into...
 
 
Gender-based violence in South Africa: what’s missing and how to fix it
THE CONVERSATION
Valencia Farmer was 14 years old when she was brutally gang raped and murdered. She was stabbed 53 times. That was in 1999 and her killer was only sentenced for the crime 17 years later. Sihle...
 
 
R2K: Right2Know condemns Media24 attack on Editorial Independence
STATEMENT
The Right2Know Campaign is deeply concerned at what appears to be an attack on editorial independence by management at Media24 targeting journalists. Journalist Sipho Hlongwane is facing...
 
 
25 May 2017
 
OUTA: OUTA welcomes and embraces PARI / SACC State Capture report
STATEMENT
The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) welcomes the research and position taken by the Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI), in collaboration with the South African Council of Churches...
 
 
The WHO’s new African leader could be a shot in the arm for poorer countries
THE CONVERSATION
Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus is the first African to be elected as the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in its 70 year history. The WHO is the United Nations body that directs its...
 
 
24 May 2017
 
 
 
Is 80% of Africa’s population without electricity?
AFRICA CHECK
Has the vast majority of Africa’s population been left in the dark? The World Economic Forum’s head of Africa said so to a South African radio station at the latest Forum on Africa, which was...
 
 
23 May 2017
 
How President Zuma blew the chance to steal a march on his opponents
THE CONVERSATION
As the dust was starting to settle on South African President Jacob Zuma’s recent controversial reshuffle of his cabinet, a new storm erupted. The country’s High Court ordered him to give the...
 
 
22 May 2017
 
 
 
Beyond caring: Enabling womens leadership in disaster risk reduction by breaking down the barrier of unpaid care work
RECOMMENDATION
Women are crucial and necessary leaders in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and humanitarian response.
 
 
19 May 2017
 
South African protesters echo a global cry: democracy isn't making people's lives better
THE CONVERSATION
Recent violent protests in South Africa have refocused attention on the growing number of demonstrations over government failure to provide basic services, such as water and electricity. The...
 
 
16 May 2017
 
Did Kenya spend all borrowed money on development as Kenyatta said? Not quite
AFRICA CHECK
Kenya’s increased borrowing has been a national talking point in recent months, with some analysts saying the growing public debt could become unsustainable. Data from the Central Bank of Kenya...
 
 
15 May 2017
 
We need to talk about Zambia as it falls from grace under President Lungu
THE CONVERSATION
Zambia has often been ignored by the international media. One reason for this neglect is that it’s been comparatively unexceptional, on a continent with more than its fair share of extremes. Since...
 
 
12 May 2017
 
CW: CW expresses outrage at the reinstatement of Brian Molefe at Eskom
STATEMENT
Corruption Watch, in response to the news today that Brian Molefe will be reinstated as CEO of Eskom from Monday 15 May, has expressed outrage at his return to his former position from which he...
 
 
White monopoly capital: good politics, bad sociology, worse economics
THE CONVERSATION
Many would like to consign the polarising debate about “white monopoly capitalism” (WMC) in South Africa to the margins. They argue that its proponents are nothing more than Marxist ideologues or...
 
 
CW: CW condemns SASSA’s wasteful conduct in pursuing pointless litigation
STATEMENT
While Corruption Watch (CW) welcomes the decision by the South African Social Services Agency (SASSA) to withdraw from opposition to CW’s challenge to the decision to pay R317-million to social...
 
 
11 May 2017
 
 
 
Do 1.7 million people pay 80% of SA’s income tax?
AFRICA CHECK
The deputy CEO of AfriForum, a non-governmental organisation which seeks to protect “the rights of minorities”, with “a specific focus on the rights of Afrikaners”, outlined a “tragic truth” in a...
 
 
 
                       
 
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