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Thabi  Shomolekae

Thabi Shomolekae

Thabi Shomolekae is a Creamer Media Reporter for Polity.org.za

By Thabi Shomolekae

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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... 


RISE Mzansi leader Songezo Zibi

RISE Mzansi confident it will be among top five parties in 2024 elections

4th October 2023

Following results from his party’s modelling, RISE Mzansi leader Songezo Zibi believes that the new kid on the block party will be one of the top five political parties in the 2024 national... 


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Ramaphosa highlights collaboration to address crimes targeting infrastructure

2nd October 2023

President Cyril Ramaphosa noted on Monday that business is working with government to build capacity within the National Prosecuting Authority and the Hawks, alongside the modernisation of the... 


Corruption watch

Massive deviation in public entity procurement procedures not necessarily cause for alarm – report

20th September 2023

Stellenbosch University expert Professor Geo Quinot noted on Wednesday that with public procurement being susceptible to corruption, with large sums of money involved, pressure must continue to be... 


South African rand

Gov't desire for economic control has led to further decline in SA’s economic freedom – report

19th September 2023

Think tank Free Market Foundation CEO David Ansara has blamed South Africa’s consistent decline in economic freedom on government’s “unabated, stifling desire” for economic control. The 2023... 


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Ramaphosa promises action against those involved in corruption

11th September 2023

In marking Public Service Month, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated on Monday that action to discourage corruption in government departments must continue if government is to build an accountable,... 


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Court says it cannot compel CoJ to supply electricity to illegally connected apartment block

5th September 2023

The City of Johannesburg highlighted on Tuesday that its current debt, which is sitting at close to R48-billion, is unsustainable. The municipality explained that a lot of the debt owed included... 


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Ramaphosa says investors still value South African economy

29th August 2023

President Cyril Ramaphosa noted on Tuesday that despite difficult global conditions, investors continue to see value in the South African economy and the benefit of the reform agenda government is... 


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Brics to task Finance Ministers with consideration of local currencies

24th August 2023

President Cyril Ramaphosa noted on Thursday that Brics countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – have agreed to task Brics Finance Ministers, and possibly Central Bank Governors,... 


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Brics day two: Ramaphosa concerned about financial systems used in wars, stresses use of local currencies

23rd August 2023

President Cyril Ramaphosa noted on Wednesday that global financial and payment systems are increasingly being used as instruments of geopolitical contestation. Ramaphosa was speaking during the... 


Multi Party Charter for South Africa members

Parties agree on power sharing principles in coalition talks

17th August 2023

The Multi Party Charter for South Africa has agreed on power-sharing principles, such as sharing power proportionally to the election results. Multi Party National Convention independent... 


Multi Party National Convention independent chairperson Professor William Gumede

Political parties rename Moonshot Pact the Multi Party Charter for South Africa

16th August 2023

Multi Party National Convention independent chairperson Professor William Gumede announced that the political parties currently holding talks on a potential coalition government ahead of the 2024... 


coalition leaders

National Convention must be judged on whether outcome promises tangible improvements – Steenhuisen

16th August 2023

Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen noted on Wednesday that the outcome of the Moonshot Pact negotiations must be judged on whether it provides concrete solutions to improve the lives of... 


Institute for Justice and Reconciliation senior project leader Dr Webster Zambara

‘Citizens hopeful Zim elections will be free and fair’

11th August 2023

Ahead of Zimbabwe’s elections this month, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) senior project leader Dr Webster Zambara said on Friday that the country’s citizens hope that it will be... 


Iamge of gas explosion

CoJ wants gas explosion declared local state of disaster

26th July 2023

City of Johannesburg manager Floyd Brink said on Wednesday that the municipality has mandated its Disaster Management Centre to finalise a report to declare the recent gas explosion in the central... 


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SA’s infrastructure not properly maintained, upgraded by local govt – Ramaphosa

24th July 2023

President Cyril Ramaphosa noted on Monday that because of its vital developmental function, government continues to prioritise investment in infrastructure across government. However, he admitted... 


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No evidence links recent truck attacks to July 2021 unrest – Bheki Cele

12th July 2023

Police Minister Bheki Cele on Wednesday assured citizens that the recent targets on trucks were not linked or related to the 2021 July unrest. Cele was speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria, to... 


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Govt to finalise strategy to support transition to EV manufacturing – Ramaphosa

3rd July 2023

President Cyril Ramaphosa noted on Monday that government will soon be finalising a strategy to support the transition to electric vehicle manufacturing to keep up with global developments.... 


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Wealthy countries have an obligation to support climate action in poor countries – Ramaphosa

26th June 2023

President Cyril Ramaphosa noted on Monday that with improved funding for the country’s Just Energy Transition, government will be able to invest substantially in strengthening the country’s... 


Greenpeace confident African govts will end plastic pollution

Greenpeace confident African govts will end plastic pollution

29th May 2023

Greenpeace Africa’s Communication and Story Manager Hellen Kahaso Dena said she was confident that African governments will adopt and champion a strong global treaty that will end plastic pollution... 


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Ramaphosa calls for measures to strengthen municipal water supply, sanitation service delivery

29th May 2023

Recent outbreaks of cholera have prompted President Cyril Ramaphosa to ask Minister of Water and Sanitation Senzo Mchunu to make recommendations to strengthen the governance, management and... 


Wits Southern Centre for Inequality Studies Adjunct Professor Michael Sachs

SA’s budget has become less credible – Michael Sachs

23rd May 2023

University of the Witwatersrand’s Southern Centre for Inequality Studies Adjunct Professor Michael Sachs argued on Tuesday that budget allocation is supposed to reflect a country’s policy objective... 


Freedoms SA chairperson Wayne Jean-Pierre

NPOs launch SA’s first automated expungement app

18th May 2023

Not-for-profit organisations, Freedoms South Africa and ACT Ubumbano on Thursday launched the country’s first automated expungement guide, the ClearMe app, to help people clear criminal records.... 


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