Load-Shedding and Rolling Blackouts South Africa

South Africa is facing critical social and environmental challenges. Corruption, unemployment, a sluggish economy, violent crime, immigration, street gang violence, and land expropriation top the list. High priorities include education, energy, and government effectiveness. Surprise load-shedding yesterday got everyone’s attention and emphasized South Africa’s energy crisis! Why Load-Shedding and Rolling Blackouts? I’ve experienced load-shedding in…

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Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng South Africa

Mogoeng Mogoeng Chief Justice Constitutional Court Despite strong opposition from human rights groups, on September 8 President Jacob Zuma appointed Mogoeng Mogoeng as Chief Justice of South Africa’s Constitutional Court and head of the country’s judiciary. Mogoeng served as a justice for two years. As Chief Justice he will lead the court during the last…

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Julius Malema ANC Disciplinary Hearing

Julius Malema’s (see May 22 and July 28 blog posts) disciplinary hearing began on August 31st, 2011 at Luthuli House in Johannesburg. The building houses ANC headquarters and is named after ANC revolutionary Albert Luthuli. Malema, ANCYL spokesman Floyd Shivambu, Deputy President Ronald Lamola, Secretary-General Sindiso Magaqa, Deputy Kenetswe Mosenogi, and Treasurer-General Pule Mabe face…

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National Women’s Day

Since 1994, August 9th in South Africa is known as National Women’s Day. It’s a public holiday commemorating the march of 20,000 South African women on August 9, 1956 against apartheid movement restrictions requiring Africans to carry “passes”. These brave women marched on the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest government amendments to the Urban…

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