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Thabi  Shomolekae

Thabi Shomolekae

Thabi Shomolekae is a Creamer Media Senior Writer for Polity.org.za

By Thabi Shomolekae

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Outa urges Ramaphosa to dump Ministers Mantashe, Nzimande, Chikunga

Updated 7 hours ago

Ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s much anticipated new Cabinet appointments, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse is urging him not to reappoint Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede... 


SECTION27 candidate Attorney Motheo Brodie

SECTION27 calls for construction of schools more resilient to climate change

19th June 2024

Public interest law centre SECTION27 stressed on Wednesday that climate change is not only an academic issue but a real and significant threat, as it recommended the implementation of remote... 


Parliament must play central role in GNU – business

Parliament must play central role in GNU – business

18th June 2024

Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) noted on Tuesday that in addition to ensuring accountability and being effective in the law-making process, Parliament must be careful not to frustrate... 


Institute for Economics and Peace founder Steve Killelea

Rising number of minor conflicts increases likelihood of increased future major conflicts – think tank

13th June 2024

International think tank Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) founder Steve Killelea said on Thursday that because more countries are becoming involved in international conflicts beyond their... 


Threats of legal action after Ramaphosa signs NHI into law

Threats of legal action after Ramaphosa signs NHI into law

16th May 2024

Civil society organisations and political parties are threatening legal action following Wednesday’s controversial signing of the National Health Insurance Bill. President Cyril Ramaphosa, who... 


Coalition govts must be studied, debated for understanding, improvements – SAIIA

Coalition govts must be studied, debated for understanding, improvements – SAIIA

14th May 2024

South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) researcher Isabel Bosman said on Tuesday while coalition governments are unusual or outside the norm, they could be considered a natural... 


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Concerns heighten as Ramaphosa readies to sign NHI Bill into law

14th May 2024

Business and political parties have expressed disappointment with President Cyril Ramphosa’s announcement that he will, on Wednesday, sign into law the controversial National Health Insurance Bill.... 


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Ramaphosa pegs sustainable economic recovery on attraction of higher levels of investment

6th May 2024

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday assured that government is working to get rid of red tape that impedes and slows down investment. Ramaphosa wrote in his weekly letter to the nation that it was... 


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City of Joburg working on 'innovative measures’ to reduce power outages, promises Mayor Gwamanda

2nd May 2024

City of Johannesburg mayor Kabelo Gwamanda announced on Thursday that the City intends to add an additional 50 MW of power to its grid by bringing online the Durban Street Substation, in the next... 


Nedlac urges employers to allow workers to vote on May 29

Nedlac urges employers to allow workers to vote on May 29

30th April 2024

The leadership of organised business, labour, community and government at the National Development and Labour Council has urged all employers to support and allow their employees vote in the... 


Eskom warns political parties against placing posters on electrical structures

Eskom warns political parties against placing posters on electrical structures

29th April 2024

Ahead of the upcoming May 29 elections, State-owned power utility Eskom has cautioned all political parties against the “dangerous practice” of placing election posters on electrical structures.... 


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PSA advises Ramaphosa to delay signing NHI Bill into law

16th April 2024

Given the uncertainty surrounding the political landscape after the May elections, the Public Servants Association (PSA) has advised President Cyril Ramaphosa to delay the signing of the National... 


E-tolls scrapped but gantries will remain, accounts up until April 11 must be paid – Minister

E-tolls scrapped but gantries will remain, accounts up until April 11 must be paid – Minister

10th April 2024

Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga noted on Wednesday that while Gauteng roads are no longer going to be tolled, the e-toll gantry lights and cameras will remain for road safety purposes, adding... 


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Motsoaledi rubbishes rumours of cancellation of Critical Skills Work Visa

9th April 2024

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Tuesday denied that his department has cancelled the Critical Skills Work Visa, emphasising its importance. He said the department was “worried” about... 


SA has debt, growth problem – economist

4th April 2024

Rand Merchant Bank chief economist and head of research Isaah Mhlanga noted on Thursday that looking at the emerging economies of neighbouring countries, it is quite clear that South Africa’s... 


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W Cape Premier’s department allocates over R100m to fix energy crisis

26th March 2024

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde announced on Tuesday that over the current Medium Term Expenditure Framework, the Department of the Premier is ploughing R103.4-million into a response to the energy... 


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Decline in formal sector employment for 2023 Q4 – Stats SA

26th March 2024

The Statistician-General of South Africa Risenga Maluleke on Tuesday reported a decrease in the total number of employees in the formal non-agricultural sector by 194 000 in the fourth quarter of... 


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Ramaphosa denies SA’s position on Israeli-Palestine conflict could jeopardise relationship with US

25th March 2024

President Cyril Ramaphosa averred on Monday that the suggestion that South Africa’s position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could lead to a deterioration of its relations with the US is... 


Cyber crime

PSA urges govt to prioritise cybersecurity amid attacks

14th March 2024

The Public Servants Association wants government to prioritise cybersecurity, including investing in skills development, following recent cyberattacks on government systems. The PSA expressed... 


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Ramaphosa assures Eskom working on increasing electricity generation capacity

11th March 2024

President Cyril Ramaphosa noted on Monday that Eskom, under the leadership of its new Group CEO, is finalising an agreement with business to deploy additional independent skilled experts to support... 


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Zim’s economic woes are a result of corruption, not sanctions – US Department of State

8th March 2024

US Department of State acting deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs David Gainer argued that Zimbabwe’s economic woes are not because of US sanctions, but because of the... 


Political and trend analyst JP Landman

Notion of new national govt after elections is reckless – political analyst

7th March 2024

Political and trend analyst JP Landman noted on Thursday that the idea that the African National Congress will be replaced after the May 29 elections with a new national government is a... 


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DA files PAIA application against ANC to obtain missing cadre deployment records

27th February 2024

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is giving the African National Congress (ANC) 30 days to comply with its Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) application, which the opposition party said is... 


Police Minister Bheki Cele

Cele hands over cars to boost Hawks fleet, notes killing of 22 officers

19th February 2024

Police Minister Bheki Cele on Monday expressed confidence in the work of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), or the Hawks, and handed over a new fleet of cars to improve... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa does not want unspent infrastructure funds returning to fiscus

15th February 2024

President Cyril Ramaphosa noted on Thursday that though capacity support to provinces and municipalities, government is improving its ability to spend the grants allocated to infrastructure... 


E-commerce platform Zandaux launches in South Africa

15th February 2024

With a steadfast commitment to foster seamless business-to-business transactions, promote collaboration, and drive innovation, newly launched e-commerce platform Zandaux hopes to be a... 


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SA looking abroad for skills it doesn't currently have – Ramaphosa

12th February 2024

President Cyril Ramaphosa stated on Monday that with South Africa becoming an “increasingly attractive destination” for business process outsourcing and customer experience, attracting more skilled... 


Research shows positive effects of Presidential Youth Employment Stimulus programme

5th February 2024

The Presidential Youth Employment Initiative – Basic Education Employment Initiative (PYEI-BEEI), launched in 2020, has been shown to have economic benefits through an indirect influence on... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa says continental market will promote agricultural development, food security as trade begins under AfCFTA

31st January 2024

President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that the start of preferential trade will create great opportunities for growth and development for South Africa and many other African countries.... 


Nickolaus Bauer

South Africa's Easy Election Guide: Who To Vote For in 2024? – Nickolaus Bauer

30th January 2024

With South Africa’s democracy suffering from growing apathy with fewer eligible voters wanting to express themselves at the ballot box, award winning journalist Nickolaus Bauer notes that this... 


uMkhonto weSizwe Liberation War Veterans convenor Dan Hatto

Zuma is ‘disingenuous’ – Veterans pledge to protect uMkhonto weSizwe, ANC

23rd January 2024

uMkhonto weSizwe Liberation War Veterans convenor Dan Hatto asserted on Tuesday that the MKLWV will take part in the protection of the uMkhonto weSizwe name, disputing that former President Jacob... 


Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande

Nzimande pleads innocence, calls for ‘genuine’ evidence following Outa report

8th January 2024

Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande assured citizens that he has never used any money from any of his department’s entities for the purpose of funding the South... 


Multi-Party Charter leadership

Coalition govt is S Africa’s future, says Beaumont as Multi-Party Charter meets with civil society

28th November 2023

ActionSA national chairperson Michael Beaumont said on Tuesday that societal change has never taken place by political actors alone, and has always included civil society, faith-based... 


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Ramaphosa undertakes State visit to Qatar

13th November 2023

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Wednesday undertake his first State Visit to Qatar, at the invitation of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar. The two-day visit comes ahead... 


Johannesburg-based Afro-Middle East Centre executive director Na'eem Jeenah

Indlulamithi 2035 scenarios predict possibility of new govt pushing to end corruption, reduce crime

10th November 2023

The Indlulamithi South Africa Scenarios 2035 initiative, which was launched in 2017, has involved conversations about the country’s trajectory and through robust research it has since been able to... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa

Agoa extension would provide certainty for investment, expansion in African countries – Ramaphosa

6th November 2023

President Cyril Ramaphosa noted on Monday that if extended beyond 2025 for a lengthy period, and if used more effectively, the African Growth and Opportunity Act can contribute significantly to the... 


Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana

Business says Medium-Term Budget lacks clear fiscal plan

2nd November 2023

Business noted on Thursday that while Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana outlined government’s strategy to avoid a full-blown fiscal crisis and systemic risks to the economy, it is concerned that... 


Rand Water concerned about R6bn in outstanding municipal debts

Rand Water concerned about R6bn in outstanding municipal debts

25th October 2023

Bulk water supplier Rand Water noted on Wednesday that while it continues to pump at maximum capacity, storage capacity continues to drop, all this amid raising concerns about huge amounts of... 


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Tackle State capture in education sector, introduce fundamental reform – CDE

11th October 2023

Policy think tank Centre for Development and Enterprise research director Stefan Schirmer says there is a need to reduce conflict of interest regarding teacher unions, while he called for State... 


ActionSA member Thembinkosi Rawula & ActionSA Eastern Cape Leader Athol Trollip

‘EFF involvement in VBS scandal shows thieves in red overalls’ – EFF MP joins ActionSA

9th October 2023

Former Economic Freedom Fighters MP Thembinkosi Rawula has urged citizens to demand leadership that is accountable and that will be able to economically sustain the country. Rawula was speaking... 


SOEs no longer sustainable, mandate must be reviewed – PSA

5th October 2023

Trade union the Public Servants Association of South Africa on Thursday urged government to reduce wasteful expenditure at State-owned entities and appoint qualified, experienced and competent... 


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