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Government Opinion Pieces

10 May 2021

Dear Fellow South African, Twenty years ago, South Africa was the site of victory in a lawsuit that pitted public good against private profit.  At the time, we were in the grip of the HIV/Aids...

3 May 2021

Dear Fellow South African, We live in a country where not just journalists but any member of the public is able to freely articulate their views, their opinions and indeed their dissatisfaction...

26 Apr 2021

Dear Fellow South African, Last week I joined more than 40 world leaders at a climate summit convened by US President Joe Biden to discuss the global climate change effort in the run-up to the...

19 Apr 2021

Dear Fellow South African, Last week, I visited the Port of Durban to see for myself the work being done to make the port more efficient and competitive. After a briefing with the senior...

12 Apr 2021

Dear Fellow South African, I have often said that our economic recovery plan is not about a return to what was, but about transformation to what is next. We have to both recover the ground that we...

29 Mar 2021

Dear Fellow South African,  Over the course of the next few days and weeks, many South Africans of faith will join others across the world in important religious observances. Members of the...

22 Mar 2021

Dear Fellow South African, For more than a week now, South Africans have had to endure the disruption and inconvenience of intermittent load shedding, as the country’s power stations have not been...

16 Mar 2021

Dear Fellow South African,

In the last few months, we have had to bid a sad farewell to two of our country’s most respected traditional monarchs.

This week, the Zulu people will lay...

8 Mar 2021

Dear Fellow South African,

Today is International Women’s Day. For more than a century, this day has been celebrated across the world as part of the struggle to realise women’s rights in...

1 Mar 2021

Dear Fellow South African,

When I was elected to the position of President of South Africa, I said that building an efficient, capable and ethical state free from corruption was among my...

22 Feb 2021

Dear Fellow South African, Yesterday, as Commander-In-Chief of our country’s armed forces, I officiated at the annual celebration of Armed Forces Day in the Castle in Cape Town. This important...

15 Feb 2021

Dear Fellow South African, It will soon be a year since the first reported case of coronavirus in our country. The pandemic has come at a great cost to both public health and the livelihoods of...

8 Feb 2021

Dear Fellow South African, As a country that has become far too used to hearing stories about corruption, little could have prepared us for seeing, in detail, the lengths to which some among our...

4 Feb 2021

By Minister Naledi Pandor

African countries agree that the most important public health measure to prevent COVID-19 is the roll-out of vaccines. Also key is that they are rolled out in a...

1 Feb 2021

Dear Fellow South African, South Africa’s term as Chair of the African Union comes to an end later this week. As we reflect on our year in this position, I am reminded of the old saying that ‘in...

25 Jan 2021

Dear Fellow South African, Our country will soon receive its first consignment of COVID-19 vaccines from the Serum Institute in India, which is the world’s largest vaccine producer. It will signal...

18 Jan 2021

Dear Fellow South African, Welcome to my first weekly letter for 2021. The first two weeks of the year have been difficult for all South Africans. The coronavirus pandemic has gotten worse, with...

22 Dec 2020

By Phumla  Williams

“Given the rate at which new cases have grown over the last two weeks, there is every possibility that if we do not act urgently and if we do not act together, the...

14 Dec 2020

Dear Fellow South African, I was recently sent a photo that featured on the popular #ImStaying Facebook thread. Two women are seated side by side at a bus stop somewhere in Cape Town. One is white...

7 Dec 2020

Dear Fellow South African, If we are to ensure that the recovery of our economy and society in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic is meaningful, then we need to ensure that all South Africans...

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