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SA Today: We need Big Institutions, not Big Men

Back in 2005, a man walked into a Home Affairs office in Johannesburg, brandished a toy gun and held the branch supervisor hostage for six hours.  The man had been waiting for his ID document for two years, and he was making the point that he was not prepared to wait another minute. He received…

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Zuma Second Term: 100 days leaderless

Tomorrow marks 100 days of President Zuma’s second term. These have been 100 days of pain for South Africans. The President has achieved nothing. He has spent the majority of these 100 days protecting himself against the controversies that have come to define his presidency. Just like during his first term in office, President Jacob…

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Civil society should have a role in monitoring fracking

I will write to the Minister of Mineral Resources, Ngoako Ramatlhodi, and request that members of the civil society be included in the Department’s ad hoc group reviewing revised regulations for fracking. The Department of Mineral Resources’ presentation on fracking last week to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee revealed only tortuous progress towards finalising rules to…

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Free State and Limpopo not ready for Ebola

I will write to the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, to request an urgent meeting with him to discuss possible mechanisms which provincial health departments can share and exchange their knowledge and resources with regards to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and training programmes in dealing with the threat of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)…

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Lesotho: SADC needs to ensure peace and stability

Early morning reports suggest that a military coup is underway in the Kingdom of Lesotho, where the military has taken control of police stations, including the police headquarters, and jammed all radio stations and cellular communication. Any military action which serves to undermine and threaten democratic and constitutional ideals must be condemned. The Democratic Alliance…

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