From whence does Soweto and Andile’s claim of the right to free electricity arise?
Lehumo Sejaphala  Mar 2 2020
A week in South Africa has proven not to be sufficient for the countryʼs demagoguery politics. And since we are in the age of amendments, perhaps we should also amend our calendar in order to make enough room for all the politics of the country. Nostalgic of the 1976 student uprising that amongst other things […]
A sanitation game changer for Africa and the world
Jay Bhagwan  Feb 18 2020
Millions of South Africans are among the 4 billion+ people that are without decent and sustainable sanitation in the world. And our horror stories are well documented, including the shocking cases of school pupils that have died in pit latrines. Many more countries in the world have faced similar cases and clearly this is a […]
A Carbon Catch-22
Chuck Stephens  Feb 13 2020
To keep one electric geyser hot for one year takes 1 ton of coal (burned to generate the electricity). The National Development Plan calls for 50% of homes to have solar water heating by 2030. In 2020, only one million homes have fitted solar water heaters. That is ten percent of the 11 million homes in […]
What does life after lockdown look like for business?
Jason Hamilton  Mar 30 2020
The global COVID-19 pandemic has made its presence felt in South African retail and consumer-focused businesses, especially in tourism and hospitality, but the full impact on earnings, cash flow and employment will last far longer than a three-week lockdown. With the 21-day nationwide lockdown in place, the full effects will now ripple through all sectors […]
What opportunities does the Coronavirus pandemic offer a Reimagined South Africa?
Mamphela Ramphele & George Lindeque  Mar 30 2020
The crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic offers our country an opportunity to recapture the spirit of Ubuntu demonstrated by empathy, responsibility and solidarity. The “social distancing” required to limit the spread of the virus needs to be complemented by closer emotional bonds – Ubuntu – with our fellow citizens who are more vulnerable than we […]
Home alone 2020
Chuck Stephens  Mar 27 2020
The media tends to report on the bad news – the rising number of infections and the death toll. But they have started to cover the number of people cured as well. It is important to report on good news too. Obviously if you take the number of the dead and the number of people cured together, […]