LAMEEZ OMARJEE: A national minimum wage will not make a difference in inequality and poverty in South Africa, according to Ayabonga Cawe. Cawe was speaking at a policy dialogue hosted by Young Economists for Africa last night at the Wits Origins Centre which focused on the need for a national minimum wage policy.
A “national minimum wage should be accompanied with other social protection measures,” explained the Rethink Africa chairperson. These include a social wage subsidised by government to provide free housing, free health care and free education. These measures would then affect savings, investments and consumption.
ANAZI ZOTE: It’s been over 60 years since the Pan African Archeological Association and Related Studies (PAA) lost its bid to come to South Africa for its second congress. In 1948, the nationalist government withdrew its support for the congress and delegates made their way to Algiers in 1951.
This week, Wits University, initially intended as the 1951 venue, hosted PAA members from all corners of the continent at the 14th installation of their congress.
SIBULELE MAGINI: The newly re-elected South African President, Jacob Zuma, made his cabinet announcement on Sunday evening, 25th May 2014. This is the country’s fifth administration since the dawn of democracy and will be leading the country in respective assigned departments in the next 5 years. There are some new faces, new ministries, mergers and old faces shuffled around from department to department.
Today, the county's new Cabinet and Deputy President took an oath to serve the country, as they were sworn in at the Presidential Guest-house, after the announcement of the new Cabinet was made last night by President Zuma.
The new Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, sworn in by Jacob Zuma, took his seat next to the president as 35 ministers were sworn in as well. "I will be a true and faithful councillor and discharge my duties to the best of my best of my ability and devote myself to the work of the Republic of South Africa," remarked the new Deputy President.
A further 37 deputy ministers were also sworn in during the ceremony.
HEATHER DIXON: The recent exit of the Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko was a major talking point in a presentation by acclaimed political analyst and best-selling author Eusebius McKaiser. Replacing her, as well as other problems within the party, were just some of the topics of this final talk in a week of Politics Teach-Ins.
McKaiser believes that part of the difficulty in choosing who will replace Mazibuko stems from the DA’s racial politics: “The DA is as race-obsessed as you and I are,” stated McKaiser. He explains that the DA claims to be non-racial, but whether they take their anti-racial stance seriously will now be put to the test.
STAFF REPORTER: How much do you hate e-tolls?
In January this year two incidents of envelopes that contained a white powder – that was thought to be anthrax, a deadly biological weapon – were sent to SANRAL, the people involved with e-tolls.
Do you hate e-tolls enough to be a terrorist?
LAURIE SCARBOROUGH: Too many times have I heard the refrain “if you don’t vote, you can’t complain”. It seems a rather narrow and weakly supported view that is dropped into conversation around election time. And while my left thumb is still stained a henna brown, I thought I’d be the devil’s advocate for a day.
So firstly, as a wise comedian by the name of George Carlin once said, “If you vote, you have no right to complain.” Dear Georgie argues that as soon as you participate in the voting system, you enter into the “game”, if you will. Voting has rules, and one of those rules is that somebody wins. You have accepted the invitation to the game and played it. You legitimise the voting system, even if you disagree with it on some level, by participating. You are then responsible (or collectively responsible with the other 18 million people who voted) for the outcome of the vote, regardless of whether your party wins or not, because you accepted the rules. He argues that someone who doesn’t vote, therefore has every right to complain because they are not responsible for the scoreboard results.
SINAZO NAKUPI: Wednesday 7th May marked the fifth national and provincial elections since the advent of democracy in 1994. Rhodes University students, most of them voting for the first time, came out in their numbers to participate in the most competitive and anticipated election in twenty years.
A record of 25.3 million voters registered for the 2014 national and provincial election, about 2.2 million more than those who registered in 2009.
With two voting stations on campus that opened on time, one at the Rhodes University Drama Theatre and another at the Great Hall, voters did not have to stand for long in queues as both venues had short or no queues at all.
Liam Stout: For once in my university career, I managed to crawl out of bed before the break of dawn. With ID in hand, I was met outside by a fantastic sunrise, befitting for what lay before me. I was about to vote, for the very first time, as a 'Born Free’.
Wits Vuvuzela spoke to Witsies right after they had cast their votes at the main campus voting station.