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Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Parliament has a new speaker, but few are celebrating

South Africa’s new parliamentary speaker is Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula – and wow, lots of people are furious about it. The former defence minister, who bungled the handling of the recent looting and is mired in scandal, was sworn into the powerful position today. The ANC’s majority got her there, though the opposition DA put up its …

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19 August ’21 Wrap: South Africans aren’t getting vaccinated.

Hi there 🙋🏽‍♀️ In this week’s edition of The Wrap, we’re looking at how, of all things, vaccine hesitancy is scuppering our war against Covid. Plus, we explain the mess in Afghanistan and why you should care. Then there’s the good news for democracy, both in Zambia and right here at home thanks to the …

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Failed Defence Minister promoted to Speaker of Parliament

Hot on the heels of being booted from the cabinet, outgoing Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will fill the vacant position of Speaker of Parliament – much to… nearly everyone’s dismay.  She effectively swapped positions with Thandi Modise, who Ramaphosa appointed to head up Mapisa-Nqakula’s previous ministry in last week’s reshuffle. Mapisa-Nqakula …

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12 August ’21 Wrap: A strong centre in Cyril’s new cabinet

Spring is coming and almost 10% of adults have been fully vaccinated in South Africa! Plus we were warmed by images of more than 100 South African firefighters arriving at Winnipeg’s international airport to help Canada fight its raging wildfires. They held the flag high and sang as they arrived. If only all news could …

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