South Africans on 8 May took to the polls to elect the sixth administration, 25 years since the advent of democracy, with much optimism.

Being a single mother is a challenging, every day job, especially when you are in the often overlooked informal labour sector.

It is often said that ‘a leopard never changes its spots’ - a phrase known to mean that changing one’s character is almost always impossible to do. However, as far as township economies go - the opposite is true, for these are being turned on their heads.

Returning home to South Africa seemed like a distant dream when Thandi Lujabe- Rankoe went into exile, spending 33 years of her life fighting for her home country’s liberation.

In its own quiet, no frills, no thrills way, a community-based care and protection intervention project has been providing a life line to South Africa’s orphaned and vulnerable children, as well as the youth, so much so that a large number have now become strong, successful individuals - contributing to their communities.

Tainted supply chain processes have for the longest time been regarded as the genesis of bleeding the fiscus of Billions of Rands in wasted expenditure.

State land alone is simply not enough to redress land reform. In a country where the majority of the population is black – it is a bitter pill to swallow that only 1-2% of black farmers operate in the commercial space, writes Keamogetse Kgomanyane.

A few moments of pain and emotion stand out in South Africa’s young democracy. One of these was an image of Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu being overcome by emotion during the highly-charged Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the 1990s where testimonies of South Africa’s difficult past – how apartheid activists went missing and how some were executed by ruthless police officers – were narrated.

When apartheid negotiations reached a sensitive stage in the late 1980s, former President Nelson Mandela was taken to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with Tuberculosis. This was on 12 August 1988. Three months later, and after receiving treatment at two hospitals, the former statesman was then transferred to a house at Victor Verster Prison near Paarl, where he spent the last 14 months of his imprisonment.

The State of the Nation Address (SONA) should excite everybody, especially those who pay taxes and those who exercise their democratic right to vote. They should be interested in knowing what government’s plan of action for the year ahead is.

A popular idiom speaks of how it is darkest before dawn envelopes. It’s an expression of hope. It inspires the afflicted to persevere as reprieve looks to be on the horizon.

As the digital age transforms the way in which people live, it will also have an impact on the economy and on jobs. New trades with new skills will be created and some jobs that are currently being done by humans will be replaced by automated systems.

No amount of money in the world will change Makgathatso Lydia Maseko’s mind about what she wants to do with the rest of her life.

For many, leaving a secure job to venture into the unknown world of business, is a scary thought. But businesswoman Portia Mngomezulu, chose to put her faith in her dreams.

Avela Faya was only 14 years old when she lost her mother and her uncle at the hands of her adopted brother.


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