October 2017

Unemployment remains stubbornly high

South Africa’s unemployment rate for the third quarter of 2017 was unchanged at 27.7%. “But it remains at an unacceptably high level,” said economist Raymond Parsons of NW University. “The economy is in a ‘low growth…



DA-EFF partnerships stable: Maimane

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane has expressed his confidence that the party’s coalitions and partnerships in the Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay municipalities are “stable and functional”. In particular, Maimane and his party’s executive management said…


Cape Town’s sewage shame

In December last year, I made a short documentary called ‘Bay of Sewage’. It went viral, getting 50,000 hits in the first 10 days. I’m planning a sequel, called ‘Cape of Sewage’. Actually, I hope to…





AG owed a whopping R806m

The increasing debt owed to it by municipalities remains the main threat to the auditor-general’s financial viability, says the institution in its annual report for the 2016-17 financial year. At the end of that year, local government…