March 1, 2021

Politics, populism, smoke and mirrors, and elections in the time of Covid-19

By: Stef Terblanche When Julius Malema, that intrepid and fiery young leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) recently arrived in Trumpian style minus his red […]
February 23, 2021

How to professionalise local government: The time has come to translate good intentions and ideas into action

What is needed is not merely technical professionalisation, because a highly skilled government is not an end in itself. What is needed is a change of […]
February 22, 2021

Re-visiting the Keynesian state is a pre-requisite for recovering South Africa’s economy

By: Jason Musyoka (Ph.D.) Globally, nation states have started to pick the economic pieces left after the titanic-like crash of the Covid-19 pandemic. Different pharmaceutical companies […]
February 18, 2021

A false Sense of judicial exceptionalism and unfounded allegations against judges are a danger to the judiciary and the country

By: Aubrey Matshiqi What should reign supreme – political constitutionalism or legal constitutionalism? In a democracy, what should hold sway – the supremacy of the Constitution […]
February 18, 2021

The State of the Nation that was not to be

By: Sanusha Naidu Introduction It is with humility that I write this blog reflecting on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s 2021 State of the Nation Address (SONA). Of […]
February 15, 2021

The public debate: a cure worse than the disease

By: Prof Steven Friedman HOLDING the government to account is key to any democracy. But when those able to do this denounce the government whatever it […]
February 15, 2021

COVID 19 Impact May Exacerbate Existing Educational Inequalities in South Africa.

By: Norah Hashim Msuya To contain the spread of COVID-19, most countries worldwide have decided to close educational institutions temporarily. However, learning has not stopped but […]
February 7, 2021

Is the Acquisition of the Vaccine the end of the pandemic? What remains unresolved?

By: Maria Goyayi The long-term success of the public health response to the coronavirus also known COVID-19 pandemic largely depends on the acquisition of immunity by […]
February 4, 2021

Our hollowed-out state has been stripped of the capacity to keep its promises on Budget and Sona

Revelations at the Zondo Commission are the tip of the iceberg. Much of the theft of public funds takes place far from the gaze of the […]
February 2, 2021

Political Party Funding Act: Four reasons the new legislation is a big win for our democracy

The enactment of the Political Party Funding Act is good news for democracy in South Africa. The benefits far outweigh the costs of non-disclosure of private […]
February 1, 2021

Confronting Corruption in South Africa: Whose work is it?

By: Lizzy Ofusori Corruption, which is the misuse of public office for an individual’s private gain, is getting too common in South Africa. It is essential […]
February 1, 2021

Taxing the wealthy to finance the economy and government programmes – will it happen, and can it work?

By: Stef Terblanche On February 11, President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver his state of the nation address (SONA) followed by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s Budget speech […]
January 26, 2021

From the land of the free to the country of the unhinged

By: Sanusha Naidu The storming of the United States’ Capitol Hill buildings on 6 January 2021 by pro-Trump supporters could come straight out of a Hollywood-style […]
January 17, 2021

Vaccination is not going to be enough to beat the pandemic: we need a strategy to control the spread of the coronavirus

By: Steven Friedman Mistakes are costly, but repeating them costs even more, which is why SA is losing the fight against Covid-19. The virus’s second wave […]
January 14, 2021

Public participation is crucial to vaccine rollout

By: Dr. Paul Kariuki The coronavirus “second wave” and new, more infectious 501. V2 variant continues to wreak havoc across the world. In SA pressure is […]
January 12, 2021

Drownings in Beitbridge at the Limpopo River: An indictment on our immigration and foreign policy

By: Azwimpheleli Langalanga  Globally, the Christmas season is generally associated with families coming together and breaking bread. This is because of the religious and spiritual significance […]
December 2, 2020

Milnerton residents keen for councillors who put ratepayers over agendas of political parties

By: Mwangi Githathu Cape Town – Tired of councillors who want to put the agenda of their political parties above the interests of ratepayers and constituents, […]
November 27, 2020

Tsakani Maluleke has a very tough job ahead, but she’s up to the task

The incoming auditor-general will need to make bold moves early in her term to stem corruption and other forms of maladministration By: Dr. Paul Kariuki President […]
November 25, 2020

The Year that was – What does 2021 Have in Store for Us?

By: Aubrey Matshiqi Indubitably, 2020 will be remembered for the public health crisis and the social and economic devastation that was wrought by the coronavirus COVID-19. […]
November 25, 2020

Young and Free? The vulnerability of young people in a COVID-19 South Africa

By: Bonolo Makgale   Introduction: “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its […]