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The construction mafia is using procurement policy confusion to stop it

The mafia that has blighted the construction industry in South Africa started its tremors 15 years ago on the construction sites of the Medupi and Kusile power stations. This was the preparatory measure for major bids that took center stage after 2017 regulations required 30% local participation in public works construction projects. These are among … Read more

Pollyannas force is cleaning up KZN’s neighborhoods

Matt Hogarty doesn’t see himself as Pollyana. Neither Blessing Newney, LeAnn Nixon James, Ray Jumbo or Stephen Herbst. But in a land of weary people burdened by crime and grime, stumbling over broken sidewalks, dodging potholed streets and suffering through incessant blackouts, their positivity is compelling. Philosophers, priests, and psychologists have long championed the power … Read more

A world of despair in universal distress

In April, I visited Jordan to learn more about the refugee situation there. Amnesty International stated that Jordan hosts 676,606 Syrians, 65,818 Iraqis, 12,957 Yemenis, 5,522 Sudanese, and 650 Somali refugees. It also hosts two million Palestinian refugees registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). … Read more

As elections approach in Zimbabwe, main opposition party ‘threatened by Mozambique’s FRELIMO’

Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, the Citizens’ Alliance for Change (CCC) led by Nelson Chamisa, has alleged that Mozambique’s ruling FRELIMO party has deployed a vigilante group in some parts of Manicaland province, allegedly threatening businesses and opposition supporters. The allegations come on the heels of President Emmerson Mnangagwa warning foreigners not to interfere in Zimbabwe’s … Read more

President Ramaphosa forced the reduction of Putin’s world to manage the risks to South Africa’s global reputation, and the Agua trade concessions

President Cyril Ramaphosa downed the world of Russian President Vladimir Putin this week after much pressure. Denying him a South African invitation was the price of saving South Africa’s reputation and perhaps also South Africa’s valuable trade concessions with the United States. However, the ramifications of this important decision will likely be felt for some … Read more

Disrupt, surprise, hate in the scrolling world

InArt’s bimonthly interviews explore culture by asking creators about their lives in the arts and which artists in other media motivate them. This time it’s Toast Coetzer, journalist and poet, co-founder of The Buckfever underground And co-editor of a beautiful literary magazine Our Klyntji. When did you first know that you are a creative artist? … Read more

New knowledge rises from the ashes

Libraries are special spaces that attract everyone who appreciates the magic of reading. When the Jagger Library at the University of Cape Town was set on fire in a runaway fire in 2021, Cindy-Lee McBride and Julia Rensing took proactive steps. Rather than just mourning this priceless loss, they have curated a book that celebrates … Read more