August 20, 2019

South Africa is setting off now down its own yellow brick road and it's going to take lots of brains and heart and courage. Not everyone was brought up on stories like the Wizard of Oz, but we all know a tale about a long journey home.

All State of the Nation Addresses promise many things. It’s been a very long time since we have heard one which promised hope.

After a day-long discussion, a joint meeting of parliamentary Committees affected by the drought agreed on one point: We need one clear voice to articulate a national strategy.

Proposed amendments to what has colloquially become known as the debt relief Bill is seen by some as a long overdue move to address the needs of the very poor who are drowning in debt. Others see it as a ‘moral hazard’ that will encourage defaulters.

Investigations by the Unite Behind coalition has exposed what tens of thousands of commuters have suspected for a long time. It claims the cause of the chaos that has left the country’s railways in shambles has its roots in Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's (Prasa's) corruption and thievery.

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