[Source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2015-01-06-the-year-of-hard-choices-for-sandf/ by John Stupart. Photo: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko.]
The end of 2014 saw a surge in activity for many conflicts on the continent, and with it, a changing South African National Defence Force (SANDF). The country’s much-touted defence review remains in legislative limbo, while the country’s troops continue to occupy the Eastern DRC, Darfur and the Mozambican Channel with uncertain outcomes. Nonetheless, requirements placed on the SANDF by the government and regional organisations are propelling the SANDF into a 2015 that will demand that hard decisions be made, lest the force become catastrophically overstretched and underfunded.
[Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201501060950.html by Raymond Suttner.]
The ANC is one of the few political organisations in the world that has existed for over 100 years. It remains powerful electorally and although it received less votes than before in last year’s national general election, it could well still be returned as the ruling party for the foreseeable future.
The ANC has meant different things at different phases of its existence. Read more
A growing number of overt public displays of racism have prompted a bout of national introspection in South Africa around the level of progress made in achieving a non-racist society since apartheid ended.
Highlighted in different media and by political parties, the racially motivated incidents over the past year led Archbishop Desmond Tutu to say that he felt like the dark days of apartheid had returned. Read more
[Source: http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/columnists/2015/01/05/unembargoed-beware-the-white-ant-infestation by Songezo Zibi.]
It was a balmy spring morning about four years ago when a colleague walked into my office and shut the door. Speaking in a somewhat hushed tone, he explained that an associate of ours had met with a well-known member of the African National Congress’s (ANC) national executive committee (NEC) and explained “our problem” to him. Read more
[Source: http://mg.co.za/article/2015-01-05-head-of-gauteng-hawks-served-with-suspension from SAPA.]
Gauteng Hawks head Major-General Shadrack Sibiya was served with a notice of suspension on Monday, the Hawks said. Read more
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