South Africa’s Constitutional Court is once again being asked to deal with a highly politically charged matter that affects the government of the country. The last time was over the question of President Jacob Zuma’s failure to repay state money spent on his personal homestead at Nkandla. This time the government’s Minister for Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, is at the centre of a storm over the payment of 17 million social grants.
According to Andrew Ingram, Public Education Manager from Water Wise Academy, the most common way children drown in South Africa is while attempting to help friends who are struggling in the water. Often, one child sees another panicking and tries to help. Sadly, in many cases, both children end up drowning.
South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande has announced it is up to the country’s universities to ‘individually…determine the level of (fee) increase that their institutions require…’. But he cautioned that no university’s fees should be raised by more than 8% for 2017. This follows a blanket freeze on fees in 2016 that left a number of universities on the verge of financial collapse. The Conversation Africa asked Professor Suellen Shay to unpack Nzimande’s announcement.
Started in July 2015, DKR Concepts is the brain-child of a brother and sister duo: Kgosi and Dikeledi Rallele. D for Dikeledi, K for Kgosi and R for Rallele. The siblings joined forces to develop innovative business concepts to bridge the gap between the Khayelitsha township and the rest of the city.
It’s a scorching day in Khayelitsha. Even if it’s much too hot to stay in the sun, people are crowded in the middle of the streets, sweat trickling down their backs. The centre of their attention is Mr Bonginkosi Madikizela, minister of Human Settlements in the Western Cape, who is visiting a housing project. ‘When will sanitation be supplied?’ The residents ask him repeatedly. He promises them that he will make sure to fast-track it, before getting back into his car and driving away.
According to the HIV Stigma Index, 7% of HIV-positive women report being victims of forced sterilisation. As well as this, 43% of South Africans who are HIV positive suffer from ‘internalised stigma.’ Allegations of forced sterilisation have been made in South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and Swaziland – among female HIV-sufferers, disabled and underprivileged women.
President Jacob Zuma has barely begun his SONA speech when exponents of the radical Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party start disrupting the procedure. They accuse him of stealing people’s money, they state that Zuma is not recognised as a president. Finally, they get thrown out of parliament. But can they be ignored any longer?
It’s 42 degrees outside. I’m standing in the back of a pickup truck with eight other girls, ducking from stray branches as we rocket along a bumpy dirt path leading back to the lodge. Sometimes we look back to check on the horse in the trailer we’re hauling. Yep, still dead.
There comes a time in all of our lives when we grow weary – reach the point where we simply throw our hands up and say ‘I can’t do it anymore.’ The moments that our knees get weak and force us to take refuge in some place, some thought, some belief, or someone. Reaching the point of desperation isn’t a place of giving up, or admitting defeat – perhaps it is just the humble recognition that we can no longer do it all on our own.
The war on drugs has been one of the most disastrous conflicts to have been fought. From South Africa to South London, it has ruined millions of lives, exacerbated addiction and cost governments around the world billions of dollars. In short, it’s been one expensive mistake.