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South Africa’s Security Sector Is in Crisis – Reform Must Start Now

July 22, 2021
As the dust settles on insurrection, government must acknowledge the urgent need to repurpose a failing security system. The attempted insurrection of the past week affirms the extent to which … Read More The post South Africa’s Security Sector Is in Crisis – Reform Must Start Now appeared first on Black Politics. https://blackpolitics.org/south-africas-security-sector-is-in-crisis-reform-must-start-now-2/

South Africa: Zim to Feel Heat From SA Riots

July 16, 2021
Zimbabwe’s industries will likely feel the pinch of the violent demonstrations and looting unfolding in South Africa, its largest trading partner, as trade channels get clogged and supply chains disrupted. … Read More The post South Africa: Zim to Feel Heat From SA Riots appeared first on Black Politics. https://blackpolitics.org/south-africa-zim-to-feel-heat-from-sa-riots/

South Africa: Victory for the Rule of Law – the Warriors Leading the War Against State Capture

July 4, 2021
The Constitutional Court judgment against former president Jacob Zuma, and the strengthening of key institutions such as the South African Revenue Service and the National Prosecuting Authority, showing early signals of success in the fight against State Capture. First published in the Daily Maverick 168 weekly newspaper. State Capture eviscerated the very organs of state

South Africa: Law and Riot, Riot and Law

July 3, 2021
The law has no absolute character and always reflects the balance of social forces at the time it was written. It is a terrain of struggle, not a replacement for struggle. Three forms of oppressive authority, all intensely patriarchal, have met significant challenges in recent weeks. The judgment that the high court in Pietermaritzburg handed

South Africa: Over 185 000 Educators, Staff Vaccinated

June 28, 2021
More than 185 000 educators and staff have been vaccinated in the basic education sector, as the sector continues the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. In a statement on Sunday, the Department of Basic Education said 30 000 teachers and support staff in Limpopo, were vaccinated on Friday and Saturday. “The province has managed to administer the

Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa – South Africa’s Response to Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic

June 27, 2021
Fellow South Africans, Our former President Nelson Mandela once wrote: “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. “But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb”. As

South Africa: Study Shows a Huge Burden of Undiagnosed Disease in a Rural South African District

June 27, 2021
South Africa’s massive effort over the years to test and treat people for HIV has drastically improved public health. But in that process, other diseases that are highly prevalent may have been neglected. The country has been reporting lower rates HIV-related deaths. But more South Africans are presenting with noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes and

Africa: WHO Supporting South African Consortium to Establish First COVID mRNA Vaccine echnology transfer hub

June 21, 2021
Geneva/Johannesburg/Paris: Geneva/Johannesburg/Paris — The World Health Organization (WHO) and its COVAX partners are working with a South African consortium comprising Biovac, Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines, a network of universities and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to establish its first COVID mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub. The move follows WHO’s global  call

Africa: Nigeria-South Africa Trade Hits U.S.$2.9 Billion

June 16, 2021
The volume of trade between Nigeria and South Africa hit $2.9 billion last year with expectation of it rising further with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement. Nigeria’s Consul General, Malik Abdul, in a statement noted that Nigeria accounts for 64 per cent of South Africa’s trade in West Africa and is one

ZIMBABWE/SOUTH AFRICA : Barbara Rwodzi rises from Pan-African Parliament chaos to rejuvenate Zanu-PF

June 8, 2021
The little-known Barbara Rwodzi, a member of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) of the African Union (AU), left the institution’s latest Source link

South Africa: Plan to Protect Sharks Needs an Urgent Update

June 6, 2021
When great white sharks disappeared from two well-known congregation areas on South Africa’s coast recently, the possible reasons were hotly debated. The appearance of a pair of shark-eating killer whales in the area was one. Another was the decline in numbers of smaller shark species that great whites prey on. Coupled with this was the

South Africa: Urban South Africa Is Ill-Prepared for the Coming Climate Change Storm

June 5, 2021
South Africa is no stranger to the devastating impacts of weather-related hazards such as floods, wildfires, storms and droughts. These events have wreaked havoc on infrastructure and communities, causing devastating economic and social losses. Without urgent adaptation measures, South African cities and towns will be hard hit, leaving millions exposed and vulnerable to climate change.

South Africa: Who Cares about Animal Welfare?

May 28, 2021
The Department of Agriculture is about to introduce a new Animal Welfare Act, but all non-agricultural stakeholders have been excluded from the working group drafting it, suggesting that the new Act will mainly benefit the farming industry but not necessarily the animals it’s intended to protect. The working group appointed to draft Animal Welfare Bill

South Africa: Taxi Drivers Bring Gqerberha to Standstill Over Covid-19 Funds

May 25, 2021
Taxi drivers disrupted parts of Gqeberha on Tuesday, with several roadblocks and violent protests. The drivers are demanding answers about their Covid-19 Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) funds. Seven taxi drivers were arrested, two vehicles torched and a truck was hijacked and looted during the protest. Nelson Mandela Bay Regional Taxi

South Dakota’s Noem launches legal strategy to take on Biden

May 24, 2021
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem catapulted onto the list of conservative politicians favored by former President Donald Trump with her libertarian approach to the pandemic. With the virus waning, she may be seeking to stay there by picking some legal fights sure to please the right.In recent weeks, Noem has

South Africa: Daylin Mitchell Appointed Western Cape Transport and Public Works MEC Following Bonginkosi Madikizela’s Resignation

May 24, 2021
Daylin Mitchell, the youngest member of Alan Winde’s provincial cabinet, replaces Bonginkosi Madikizela who resigned after a qualifications scandal about a month ago. Western Cape Premier Alan Winde announced on Monday, 24 May that Daylin Mitchell, a member of the provincial legislature, has been appointed as the new MEC for Transport and Public Works. Madikizela

South Africa: How Raymond Rhule Broke the Shackles of Doubt

May 22, 2021
The former Springbok who received most of the backlash following South Africa’s heaviest defeat contemplated quitting the sport afterwards. He explains how he got over the period to become a sensation in France. Doubt is an insidious thing. It oozes across the mind like lava, biding its time as it incinerates whatever belief once existed

South Africa: Behind the Scenes – How the First 500 000 Vaccine Doses Administered in SA Were Secured

May 17, 2021
On 1 February 2021, a million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India arrived at OR Tambo International Airport. Everything seemed set for the country’s vaccine rollout to kick off two or so weeks later. But just a few days later on 7 February, the devastating news came that

South Africa: Phase Two of Covid Vaccine Roll-Out Starts Off By Prioritising Old Age Homes

May 17, 2021
Phase Two of SA’s Covid-19 vaccine roll-out is officially under way from today, Monday, 17 May. The vaccine doses are in hand, with more on the way. National and provincial governments have admitted that the start will be slow, but promised it will start on time and with some of the most vulnerable: those living

Africa: Rivers of Sewage – Solving South Africa’s Wastewater Treatment Problem

May 12, 2021
Two weeks ago, DM168 published an investigation looking into the dismal state of SA’s sewage treatment works. Struck by the report’s findings, we asked you, the reader, to suggest solutions. Here’s what you had to say: First published in the Daily Maverick 168 weekly newspaper. Read the original investigation here: South Africa’s rivers of sewage:

South Africa: Covid-19 Variants – First Detected in India and UK – Hit South African Shores

May 9, 2021
South Africa’s Health Ministry has officially confirmed the presence of the B.1.617.2 variant of Covid-19, which was discovered in India, and another variant first detected in the UK. Minister Zweli Mkhize says new variant threats are a concern and the government is discussing potential travel regulations, following ‘appropriate consultations’. On the evening of Saturday 8

Namibia: South African Artists Detained At Walvis Bay

May 9, 2021
Three South African artists were denied entry into the country at Walvis Bay on Friday night for allegedly faking Covid-19 results. The artists who disembarked from a flight from Johannesburg with alleged falsified Covid-19 tests are Obakeng kekaba, Given M Eke ID and Johannes Legodi. They were refused entry through the immigration department. The trio

South Africa: Safa Welcomes Decision to Postpone Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers

May 8, 2021
Africa’s World Cup qualifiers were moved from June this year to September while other corresponding matches will be played in October and November. South Africa are Group G, together with Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Ghana. The decision by CAF to postpone the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers was to enable most African countries to fulfil FIFA

South Africa: Robben Island Museum Is Ailing and Yet R102 Million of Its Infrastructure Grant Went Unspent

May 7, 2021
Robben Island is showing signs of dereliction. Yet the Robben Island Museum failed to spend R102 million of its infrastructure grant and the reasons provided for this are unconvincing. The Department of Public Works and the museum failed to respond to questions asking why the money has not been spent. According to the annual reports

South Africa: Workers Make SA a Better Place

May 1, 2021
President Cyril Ramaphosa has paid tribute to the efforts of workers amidst the ongoing fight against COVID-19. The President said workers have sacrificed a lot and have been severely affected by the pandemic in terms of the loss of income. “Frontline workers such as medical personnel, the police teachers and other staff members in the

SOUTH AFRICA : Re-insurer R+V joins other German firms in South Africa

April 19, 2021
In mid-March, South Africa’s central bank authorised German insurance giant R+V Versicherung AG (R-V) to ply its trade in the country. Source link

South Africa: Gift of the Givers On the Ground to Help UCT

April 19, 2021
Gift of the Givers, Africa’s largest disaster response non-governmental organisation, was on the ground on Monday, 19 April, to continue its efforts to assist the University of Cape Town (UCT) and students following the devastation caused by the fires that began on Sunday morning. The organisation became involved once the university had evacuated students from

NIGERIA : South Africa's MTN treads a fine diplomatic line to stay atop Nigerian telecommunications market

April 12, 2021
Karl Olutukun Toriola, who became head of MTN Nigeria, South African telecommunication giant MTN’s biggest subsidiary, on 1 March, has every reason to be happy. The annual results published by Source link

Africa: Social Media Users in Kenya and South Africa Trust Science, but Still Share Covid-19 Hoaxes

April 7, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to widespread disinformation circulating on social media globally. This includes false information about the virus, its origins and possible cures for the disease it causes. Much of the inaccurate information was related to China, the country where the first cases of an atypical pneumonia were reported in December 2019. This

SOUTH AFRICA : Outsourcing does not dispense of compliance or anti-laundering obligations, FIC warns

April 6, 2021
The Financial Intelligence Centre has reminded accountable institutions that they remain liable for their compliance obligations regardless of any outsourcing arrangements. Source link