H.I.V. Is Reported Cured in a Second Patient, a Milestone in the Global AIDS Epidemic by Apoorva Mandavilli (New York Times), March 4, 2019

6 March 2019

For just the second time since the global epidemic began, a patient appears to have been cured of infection with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS.

The news comes nearly 12 years to the day after the first patient known to be cured, a feat that researchers have long tried, and failed, to duplicate. The surprise success now confirms that a cure for H.I.V. infection is possible, if difficult, researchers said.

Protesters killed in vain as taps still run dry, by Selloane Khalane (New Frame), 26 February 2019

27 February 2019

he televised police shooting of community activist Andries Tatane on 13 April 2011 shut down the small cherry-farming community of Ficksburg in the Free State.

Tatane was 33 years old when police opened fire on unarmed residents during a protest in Meqheleng township. Strewn with debris and potholes, the township lies on the outskirts of the small town, which borders Lesotho.

Kitlano Leeuw, 16, was also shot and killed during a protest in Taung, North West, in April last year. But residents say the killings of Tatane and Leeuw were in vain.

Africa’s student movements: history sheds light on modern activism by Dan Hodgkinson and Luke Melchiorre (theconversation.com), February 18, 2019

20 February 2019

On 9 March 2015, a student hurled faeces at a statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes. This act led to the statue’s removal. It also inspired the most significant period of student protest in post-apartheid South Africa’s history.

South Africa falls off the map by Mike Schussler (www.moneyweb.co.za), 3 May 2018

9 May 2018

South Africa has dropped off the investment radar of firms and business people. It is a dark reality that a few investment lions are not going to fix.

About seven years ago I was phoned by agents who arrange for their clients to talk to researchers in a country they are interested in investing. The money was good, and as I knew the South African economy quite well, the conference calls became quite an income for my business.

Rural migrants better off in cities by Justin Visagie and Ivan Turok (Mail and Guardian), 26 Apr 2018

9 May 2018

Moving to a city in search of work seems to pay off for many poor rural South Africans.

Data that track changes over time indicate that as many as 385 000 people were lifted from poverty between 2008 and 2014 after moving from rural to urban areas — their poverty levels were halved, together with a fall in unemployment. So government ambivalence about urbanisation should be replaced by a more positive and proactive approach.

An analysis of the tax proposals in the 2018/19 National Budget by Imraan Valodia and David Francis (Daily Maverick), 27 February 2018, South Africa

28 February 2018

The budget is about more than just income and expenditure. It should provide a vision for the economy, which deals with the current challenges but also offers an insight into the type of society we want to build. The key message in the 2018-19 budget is that South Africa’s public finances are in very bad shape, and we have to find more revenue. The budget proposes that we all need to tighten our belts and make sacrifices to get out of trouble and to get the economy on a sustainable growth path. It asks all citizens to pay more, and all income groups to share in the burden.

Getting all hands on deck vital for SA’s new skipper by Jakkie Cilliers (Biz News), 9 January 2018

17 January 2018

South Africa’s prospects under Cyril Ramaphosa


The African National Congress (ANC) narrowly avoided a damaging split at the recently concluded 54th national conference. South Africa is, however, firmly in a “muddling along” scenario. The result of the elections for the 86 elected members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) led by newly elected ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa reflects an organization that went into the conference sharply divided and it will take time for these divisions to subside.

Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidency – an opportunity for clean-up and new beginning by Raymond Suttner, 09 January 2018, South Africa

10 January 2018

Different people relate to the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as ANC president in distinct ways, and this may relate to their political location. Obviously, those who campaigned for Ramaphosa had a mixture of reasons for supporting him, although generally being united in the desire to remove Jacob Zuma, “clean up” and restore economic stability.