December 15, 2019

Mmusi Maimane's resignation highlights one of the core problems of democratic South Africa ‑ the assumption that the only way to do anything is the way white men did it in the past. STEVEN FRIEDMAN, from the University of Johannesburg, explains the “Imposter Syndrome”.

The politicians who run South Africa’s official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA), have probably never heard of “imposter syndrome”. If they had, they might have a better grasp of the problems which confront their party – and its first black leader might not have been forced to resign.

The new parliamentary term opened last week after a recess, the annual two-week mid-year recess. This may create the impression that much of elected representatives’ time is spent in recess. However, just because MPs are not always present in parliament does not mean they are not hard at work. They could be engaged in oversight visits, public hearings, study tours or planning sessions. As the final term of the year gets underway, this is a good time to look back on what was achieved during the second term of the post-election parliament, and consider what lies ahead in the third.

The Minister who cares

October 15, 2019

Our newly appointed Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has brought to the attention of the public a scarcely known but highly endangered mammal, the pangolin. This odd-looking creature happens to be the world’s most trafficked animal and Minister Barbara Creecy warns this is a very lucrative illegal trade.

Should the SARB be proactive and intervene in our current economic crisis to promote transformation or should it remain defensive, leaving investment, growth and development to government? Ben Turok, director of the Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA), warns that this debate will not go away and is a discussion that South Africans need to tackle head-on.

The family of Lennox Garane, the parliamentary manager who last September shot himself in a “protest suicide” over parliament’s bullying and abusive management, has declared itself “disappointed” at the decision by the legislature’s oversight committee to absolve two senior managers who had been identified as complicit in the tragedy. The Joint Standing Committee on the Financial Management of Parliament announced at its most recent meeting on 9 October that it had decided to overrule some of the recommendations of the Public Service Commission (PSC), which had been called in to conduct an independent investigation into the tragedy.

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