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South African foes unite in uneasy coalition

South African foes unite in uneasy coalition

FOR the first time since Nelson Mandela negotiated an end to white minority rule, former sworn enemies are coming together in South Africa under a pledge to overcome ideological differences for the good of the nation. President Cyril Ramaphosa has said the seismic political shift is a response to voters' demands for solutions to deepening woes - from sky-high unemployment and economic torpor to corruption and failing infrastructure. But the prospect of the African National Congress - the liberation movement that freed the country from apartheid - governing alongside the white-led Democratic Alliance (DA), does not sit well with many Black South…
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Lies, damned lies and dodgy data: Voting in South Africa

Lies, damned lies and dodgy data: Voting in South Africa

FROM deepfake Donald Trumps endorsing key contenders, to claims the vote was rigged, South Africa is awash with online disinformation as political players thrash out a coalition deal after a historic election. Digital activists want to monitor who is behind all the post-vote propaganda but say they are hampered by high costs and high-walled platforms: the sort of challenges their Western counterparts rarely face. "It's like we are fighting against it (disinformation) with our hands tied behind our back," said William Bird, director of Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), a South African news and human rights watchdog. MMA's disinformation reporting website Real411, has experienced roughly a six-fold increase…
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South African film ‘Face Deep’ exposes the lies in the hunt for love. 

South African film ‘Face Deep’ exposes the lies in the hunt for love. 

The South African thriller film 'Face Deep' delves into the deception and betrayal often found in the pursuit of love. Directed by Vuyani Bila and produced by Mathabo Bila, the independently made movie tackles themes of love, trust, secrets, and family that resonate with audiences both online and in real life. The film introduces us to the picturesque lives of lovebirds Luna (Lerato Makala) and her older partner Noah (Phillip Tindisa), enjoying their bubble of love. When Noah’s estranged daughter Bonnie (Mohau Sonny) arrives and cracks their bubble, and with Bonnie come a lot of secrets as she reconnects with…
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June 16 uprising: how a massacre in South Africa led to Africa’s boycott of the 1976 Olympics

June 16 uprising: how a massacre in South Africa led to Africa’s boycott of the 1976 Olympics

AS the world prepares for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, can we maintain faith in the nonpolitical ethos of the event? The Montreal Olympics Games in 1976 stands out, among others, as a clear instance of the games being used for political ends. In 1976 Montreal became only the second French-speaking city to host the event since Paris in 1924 and security issues were high on the agenda. Just four years earlier the Munich games had witnessed the tragedy of the execution of the Israeli delegation by the Palestinian Black September commando. But apart from the withdrawal of Taiwan under…
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South Africa reports second mpox death this week

South Africa reports second mpox death this week

A second person has died in South Africa this week from the viral infection mpox, the health ministry said, less than 24 hours after it announced the first death. The second person who died was a 38-year-old man. He was admitted to a hospital in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province with extensive lesions, headache, fatigue, oral ulcers, muscle pain and a sore throat. He tested positive for mpox on Wednesday. "The patient has unfortunately demised in KZN the same day his test results came back positive," spokesperson for the national health department Foster Mohale said. The total number of laboratory-confirmed mpox cases stands…
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How can South Africa form a unity government from wildly different visions?

How can South Africa form a unity government from wildly different visions?

TALKS to forge South Africa's post-election unity government will need to bring together parties with goals as contradictory as seizing white-owned farms and mines, ditching Black empowerment policies and tearing up the constitution. How well the African National Congress (ANC) harmonises these divergent and mutually hostile visions will determine the government's stability, its ability to make decisions and its policy priorities over the next five years. It will also test Nelson Mandela's 1994 aspiration for a "rainbow nation at peace with itself", as politicians try to navigate historical ethnic and racial enmities that were starkly exposed by the May 29…
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South Africa’s unity government: 5 parties that need to find common ground

South Africa’s unity government: 5 parties that need to find common ground

FOLLOWING South Africa’s historic 2024 general election, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has started a process to establish a government of national unity. This, after it lost its parliamentary majority. As a political scientist, I believe that five political parties, including those with the highest shares of votes, are key to constituting a unity government. This view applies even to those parties, such as the Economic Freedom Fighters, that have already shot down the idea of a government of national unity. In my view, attempts should be made to bring in smaller but significant political parties. The five are…
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Spain requests to intervene in South Africa’s Gaza genocide case against Israel at ICJ

Spain requests to intervene in South Africa’s Gaza genocide case against Israel at ICJ

SPAIN has requested to intervene in South Africa's genocide case against Israel's actions in Gaza at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares said. Spain joins a small number of other countries that have said they wish to intervene including Ireland, which along with Spain and Norway officially recognised a Palestinian state last week. Albares said Madrid wanted to support the ICJ in its implementation of measures including an order to Israel to cease its military operation in Rafah in southern Gaza, but gave few details of what its requested intervention would entail. "We are doing it (requesting to…
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Whatever the coalition is formed, SA will triumph

Whatever the coalition is formed, SA will triumph

AS South Africa stands at a political T-junction, figuring which way to go, many such as the DA’s leader John Steenhuisen dread a “doomsday coalition” whilst hordes of ordinary folks express cautious optimism. South Africa has never been here before. This is indeed unchartered territory, laced with uncertainty, trepidation as well as hope. For the first time since the dawn of democracy in April 1994, the electorate has ordered the political elite to share power at national level. After 30 years of solitary governance, the ANC has been given what in football can be described as a yellow card. It’s…
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South Africa: coalition government won’t fix past failures – expect the private sector to play a bigger role in delivering power, transport and security

South Africa: coalition government won’t fix past failures – expect the private sector to play a bigger role in delivering power, transport and security

TO help save the planet, governments across the globe are choosing to adopt sustainable policies and encourage (or coerce) the private sector to do likewise. Given the climate crisis, most responsible governments are focusing on finding every possible means to meet existing needs without sacrificing the planet to meet the needs of future generations. In South Africa things are different. Although the country has presented guidelines for a just transition to greener energies, this has not been out of choice. It’s been out of necessity. It is mainly due to the collapse of the country’s energy infrastructure, not government leadership…
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