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A whole new dynamic in SA Parliament sets the scene for intriguing session

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      13th May 2009 The welcome mats were rolled out for the swearing in of new Members of Parliament this week. The fourth Parliament looks somewhat different, with... 

Time to Close Book on Party-Funding Secrecy in SA

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      13th May 2009 WITH the elections over and the African National Congress celebrating its victory, it is clear that, along with the people, the money has also spoken. 

Election response: Shifting Political Landscape

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      30th April 2009 After months of anticipation, widespread speculation and tireless campaigning by political parties, the 2009 South African elections have come and... 

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Zuma's Presidency assured but his political survival beyond 2014 is not

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      29th April 2009 Barring an act of the gods, Jacob Zuma will be South Africa's next president, inaugurated on 9 May. His road to the Presidency will have been a... 

Targeted support needed during the crisis

By: Seeraj Mohamed     24th April 2009 Finance Minister Trevor Manuel wrote a very interesting article in Business Day on April 8, giving his views on bail-outs, titled ‘Singling out... 

Election Brief: Opposition performance at the polls in 2009

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      21st April 2009 South Africa's electoral system is designed to sustain a multi-party democracy. The premise being that multi-partyism breeds electoral competition... 

Election Brief: The Youth Vote

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      21st April 2009 South Africa like most developing nations has a high proportion of its population falling into the category of 'youth'. Although young black South... 

Deregulation, culture and crisis

By: Seeraj Mohamed     17th April 2009 It is now generally agreed that liberalisation and inadequate regulation of finance is to blame for the global financial crisis. The inadequate... 

Is man-made climate change just hot air?  

By: Brandon Hamber     10th April 2009 It appears, as a species, that humans are prone to ignoring problems rather than dealing with them. Take for example the recent claim by Northern... 

Elections and the Internet in SA

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      8th April 2009 After last year's historic US elections, much analysis has focused on international interest in now-President Barack Obama's campaign, and it's... 

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