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Chaos in the City of Gold

Group work” is a concept dreaded by anyone who’s ever had to drag lazy, under-performing hangers-on through a school, university or workplace project. But it’s also what underpins any successful coalition government – pity that ANC and EFF councillors in the City of Johannesburg seem determined to avoid it at any cost. In case you’ve …

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 Our take: FW de Klerk: A divisive, pivotal part of SA’s story 

 FW de Klerk has died. He was apartheid South Africa’s final president and shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela in 1993 for their roles in navigating the country towards democracy. Dave Steward, spokesperson for the FW de Klerk Foundation, told News24 today: “The former president died earlier this morning at his home in …

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The big story: The final countdown

Today you’ll be choosing your local government leaders! So, in our final pre-election explainer, we want to talk about coalitions. 🤝 The last local government elections in 2016 saw shock losses for the ANC in major cities, while opposition parties banded together to keep the ruling party out.  The DA coalesced with smaller parties to …

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Party funding fail

This is the first election since the Political Funding Act of 2018 came into effect. We are pretty excited about this, because it will force parties to declare any funder amounts of more than R100 000, ushering in a new era of accountability. Or so we hoped. Last week Thursday the IEC released its first …

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Our take: An election like no other

Sometime in the next few months, South Africans will vote in the country’s sixth local government elections since 1994. You may not have realised it, but a few recent developments make this an election like no other.  🔹Timing  For the first time in our democratic history, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it just won’t …

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19 August ’21 Wrap: Joblessness, elections…and vibrators?

Hi there! 🙋🏽‍♀️We’ve been putting out this Wrap without a break for a while so we’re taking a trip to the Bahamas (jokes) 😄 We ARE taking a two-week break, though, so we can rest and recharge. We’ll be back on 16 September, with your weekly update of empowering and digestible news, brought to you …

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