December 14, 2018

Not one journalist left the breakfast with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa held in Parliament last week with a long face or a complaint, which is unusual for the press.

While there seems to be a revival of public interest in the fortunes of ANC politics, I am not sure that it goes beyond the race between individual presidential hopefuls.

Twenty-four hours after Energy Minister Mahlobo stood his ground saying that nuclear energy was inevitable, Finance Minister Gigaba seems to have changed his mind on whether we can afford it.

There is no sign yet of much progress on legislation to protect girls from being trapped in forced marriages.

How does the proposal for increasing higher education funding compromise the budget process?

One of South Africa’s worst failures lingers as the government struggles to eradicate the bucket system, and it is unlikely to be resolved soon.

It was with deep dismay that we read the report of Jacques Pauw’s new book, The President’s Keepers. Zuma has lost the last vestiges of legitimacy.

Following the harrowing mini-budget released by the Minister of Finance, Parliament was told by Treasury last week that “tough times require tough decisions”.

The Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries heard in Parliament this week that there is a downside to food security.

The backlogs in SAPS’ forensic science laboratories came under the spotlight in a very frank admission by police minister Fikile Mbalula’s office.

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