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Government Opinion Pieces

28 Sep 2020

Dear Fellow South African, Every South African knows how important electricity is in our lives. When it is available no one thinks about it. But when we have load shedding everything just goes...

21 Sep 2020

Dear Fellow South African, The United Nations will this week begin the 75th session of its General Assembly, where the nations of the world gather to seek collective solutions to global challenges...

14 Sep 2020

Dear Fellow South African, In many countries around the world, the coronavirus pandemic has required the limitation of many civil liberties and put social cohesion to the test. But countries with...

7 Sep 2020

Dear Fellow South African, A year ago, almost to the day, thousands of women, men and children marched to Parliament to protest against a spate of rapes and killings of women and girls. At the...

31 Aug 2020

Dear Fellow South African, There are few callings more important for a person than the call to public service. It is an opportunity to improve people’s lives and change society for the better. It...

24 Aug 2020

Dear Fellow South African, The coronavirus pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the social, economic, business and industrial landscape of our country and countries around the world. As we work...

17 Aug 2020

Dear Fellow South African, At midnight tonight, our country will move to alert level 2 in our response to the coronavirus pandemic. This will come as a relief to all South Africans who have had to...

16 Aug 2020

By Phumla Williams

The unique challenges posed by COVID-19 has called on humanity to remain apart through social distancing.  This has caused untold anguish as people have been...

10 Aug 2020

Dear Fellow South African,

Yesterday, the country celebrated Women’s Day. This occasion marks the anniversary of the day in  1956 when 20,000 women marched to  the Union Buildings – a...

3 Aug 2020

Dear Fellow South African, Corruption during a national disaster is a particularly heinous type of crime, and perpetrators are going to be dealt with decisively and harshly. It is difficult to...

27 Jul 2020

Dear Fellow South African, As several parts of our country experience a surge in coronavirus infections, we are also confronted with the economic damage of this pandemic. The most recent economic...

23 Jul 2020

By Naledi Pandor The pandemic has caused mass destruction of an already brittle global socio-economic landscape. At this moment of re-imagining President Mandela, we should be re-emboldened to...

20 Jul 2020

Dear Fellow South African, The old saying that ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ comes to mind when I think about the resilience and ingenuity shown by South Africans during the past three...

13 Jul 2020

Dear Fellow South African, Last night, I addressed the nation on the state of the coronavirus pandemic in our country. What follows is an edited version of that address: Our nation is confronted...

6 Jul 2020

Dear Fellow South African,

For those fortunate enough to have an elderly parent or grandparent still alive, not being able to spend time with them has been one of the most difficult parts...

29 Jun 2020

Dear Fellow South African, The number of deaths from coronavirus recently passed the 2,000 mark. Among those who have lost their lives are health care workers, consummate professionals who cared...

22 Jun 2020

By Hlengiwe MkhizeIn September 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa led a high level multi-party debate in Parliament, the outcome of which was an adoption of the Emergency Response Action Plan (ERAP...

22 Jun 2020

Dear Fellow South African, More than 100 days after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa and after two months of a nation-wide lockdown, our economy is in the throes of the...

22 Jun 2020

By Zweli Mkhize 

I tuck my feet back into the consolation of my blankets — they’ve turned stiff in the chill that has cocooned my bedroom.

A glance towards a slightly frosted window...

15 Jun 2020

Dear Fellow South African, The words of Frantz Fanon that ‘each generation must discover its mission’ come to mind every time I have an opportunity to speak with young South Africans. No matter...

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