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South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech to parliament listed South Africa’s old problems – but no new solutions

      By Vinothan Naidoo, University of Cape Town     South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s opening of parliament speech successfully captured the spirit of a diverse and cohesive multi-party government ready to get down to work. But it failed to tell South Africans how the new dispensation will do things differently, and better. In the May 2024 national and provincial elections, Ramaphosa’s African National Congress party received just […]

todayJuly 22, 2024 2


World marks Nelson Mandela International Day

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, is urging everyone to perform 67 minutes of public service today to honour Nelson Mandela’s legacy. Today is Nelson Mandela International Day under the theme, It's still in our hands to combat poverty and inequity. Guterres says Mandela showed the world the extraordinary difference one person can make.     Looking back at the struggle against apartheid and the campaign for Mandela's release in which […]

todayJuly 18, 2024 9


Brenda Fassie’s 1997 hit song Vulindlela still raises questions about South Africa as a nation

          By Mbali Mazibuko, University of Johannesburg   In 1997, South Africa’s most famous music star had a huge hit. Brenda Fassie’s Vulindlela became a national pop anthem, played especially at weddings and celebrations. Vulindlela can be loosely translated from the Zulu language as an instruction to “make way” or, if you like, “clear the path”. The song is about making way for the groom (and […]

todayJuly 12, 2024 9


Cyril Ramaphosa’s leadership style didn’t impress voters – but seeking consensus may be what South Africa’s unity government needs

          By  Keith Gottschalk, University of the Western Cape     South Africa’s 2024 general election, with its devastating loss of a majority for the ruling African National Congress (ANC), is also damaging for President Cyril Ramaphosa (71). To lead your party to such a huge loss of electoral support is an indictment, and the toughest test of your leadership capabilities. The ANC’s poor performance – […]

todayJune 12, 2024 43

South Africa

S.Africa set for political shake-up after historic vote

        By Umberto BACCHI Johannesburg, May 31, 2024 (AFP) - South Africa's ruling ANC was on track to score its worst electoral result ever on Friday, with early tallies showing voters deserted the party in droves, ending its 30-year political dominance. If the African National Congress (ANC) is confirmed as dropping below 50 percent of the vote, it would force the party to seek coalition partners to […]

todayMay 31, 2024 7


Omavalulo oidjemo yo mahoololo mo South Africa otaa pula komesho.

Omahoololo oneudo oo aliko onghela mo S.A,  okwa ta lika afimana no inaa monika nale mo ndjokonona yo shilongo eshi  ongudu yo mangeli yo ANC ya taa lela eshongo loku kondjifwa oku dja nghene ya ile koshipundi konima yo mido 30 daka dilongela paife. Ota ku lopotwa onghela omikweyo dile dile do vanhu veya oku hoolola da li da di dilikwa poitaashi yoku hoololela ya yooloka moshilongo ashishe. Umwe womo […]

todayMay 30, 2024 8 1

South Africa

South Africa’s media have done good work with 30 years of freedom but need more diversity

    By Prinola Govenden, University of Johannesburg   In 1992, two years before the end of apartheid, Nelson Mandela bemoaned the state of South Africa’s print media. He said the media’s domination by middle class males from the minority white population posed the biggest threat to freedom of expression in the country. The same year, the African National Congress under his leadership adopted a media charter calling for all […]

todayMay 2, 2024 14

South Africa

How the Mandela myth helped win the battle for democracy in South Africa

  By Jonny Steinberg, Yale University   Political history scholar Jonny Steinberg’s 2023 book Winnie & Nelson: Portrait of a Marriage is a double biography of South Africa’s most famous political figures – Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela Mandela – and their role in the country’s struggle for democracy. It’s also a book that shatters countless myths about the couple and the liberation struggle that have been formed in popular […]

todayApril 29, 2024 13

South Africa

South Africans tasted the fruits of freedom and then corruption snatched them away – podcast

    By Gemma Ware, The Conversation and Thabo Leshilo, The Conversation   Five years after his momentous election as South African president, Nelson Mandela stepped down after one term in office in 1999. Thabo Mbeki, his deputy, took over the mantle of the post-apartheid transition. Mbeki would lead the country for the next nine years, a period of relatively high economic growth which enabled South Africans to begin to […]

todayApril 22, 2024 26