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Government Opinion Pieces

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...

30 Nov 2020

Dear Fellow South African, As we continue our efforts to manage the devastating coronavirus pandemic, we cannot ignore the other public health challenges that our country faces. For more than...

30 Nov 2020

By Phumla Williams

Freedom of expression and media freedom is an integral part of our democracy. The Constitution entrenches the right to freedom of expression, including media...

23 Nov 2020

Dear Fellow South African,

It is nearly three decades since the United Nations first initiated the global campaign of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. It runs from 25...

16 Nov 2020

Dear Fellow South African,This week, we will be hosting the third South Africa Investment Conference. Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s conference will be held in a vastly...

9 Nov 2020

Dear Fellow South African, The jacaranda trees are in full bloom across the nation’s capital, heralding the start of summer. After a long and difficult winter, the beginning of a new season should...

6 Nov 2020

By NLSA Corporate Communication

The National Library of South Africa (NLSA) is a repository of documentary heritage in South Africa.  It is our mandate to preserve our documentary heritage...

2 Nov 2020

Dear Fellow South African, In three days’ time the matric class of 2020 will sit for the National Senior Certificate examinations. It is the culmination of twelve years of schooling and a...

26 Oct 2020

Dear Fellow South African,

Every day, in every part of the country, millions of our citizens use taxis, buses or trains to get to work, go to school, transport goods or go to centres where...

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