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When 67 minutes just isn’t enough

South Africans celebrated Mandela Day on 18 July, giving back 67 minutes in service of others. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya assesses the vast sums raised for political and cultural activities. He suggests they be repurposed to serve society’s most vulnerable.

Does a bible belong in Parliament?

Immediately after leading him in the taking of the oath of office, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng gave the newly inaugurated President, Cyril...

Viganò and Ramaphosa: crushing our faith in Church and politics alike

The expectation that our leaders will show ethical and moral behaviour continues to show itself to be wishful thinking. More, it leads us to...

Can Ramaphosa repair our broken economy?

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, recently announced an "ambitious investment drive" which will see "investment envoys" engage domestic and foreign investor opportunities in order...

A holding cabinet

After our post-Zuma euphoria, it was inevitable that a measure of realpolitik would intrude at some stage. Last night’s cabinet reshuffle might well have been such a moment, and probably the first of many, writes the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office's (CPLO) Mike Pothier.

SONA 2018: An ethicist’s perspective

While offering no quick fix solutions, Cyril Ramaphosa's SONA speech was nothing less than a call to renewed cooperation for the common good, says Anthony Egan SJ. He analyses the president's maiden address from a position of Catholic Social Teaching and looks at the ethics that might underpin the president's term.

Catholic Social Teaching’s judgement on Ramaphosa

A number of people have anaylsed and responded to President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address. Fr Peter-John Pearson reflects on the speech in the light of Catholic Social Teaching. He explains why he thinks that Ramphosa's address does echo poignant issues outlined in Catholic Social Teaching. 

Reply to SONA 2018

As part of his series of letters to Cyril Ramaphosa, Mphuthumi Ntabeni today responds to the State of the Nation Address asking further questions and advising the new president on how to tackle job creation and inequality.

Run, Ramaphosa, run well

A few days ago early morning runners and cyclists bumped into South Africa's new president as he took his morning run in Cape Town. In January exercise enthusiasts in Port Elizabeth also bumped into the president when he was in their city for the ANC's birthday celebrations. Claire Mathieson ponders the lessons a running enthusiast learns on the road. She thinks that many of them could offer Ramaphosa helpful insights as he takes over running the country.

Ramaphosa: “I wanna lend a hand. Send me”

South Africa's new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, delivered his maiden State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Friday, 16 February - after he had been in office for just over 24 hours. It was optimistic and upbeat, something South Africans really needed after a grueling 10 days.

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Ethics for educators in a time of disaster

On 23 July, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that schools would close for a second time this year. The reasons given is that...

Natural evil and God: from Voltaire’s “Candide” to Camus’ “The Plague”

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Cut the government some slack

There is a growing weariness and frustration among South Africans as the COVID-19 pandemic and the government's response enter a fifth month....

Tribute to Andrew Mlangeni: champion against corruption

On 21 July 2020, the last remaining Rivonia trialist Andrew Mokete Mlangeni, who jailed with Nelson Mandela during the anti-apartheid struggle, died...