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Why social grants matter in SA: they support 33% of the nation

Feb. 16, 2017 (3 days, 17 hours ago) — Comments

The South African government’s failure to fix a corrupted R10 billion social grant payment contract has caused a crisis that threatens to disturb monthly payments to millions of vulnerable households. The Conversation Africa’s business and economy editor Sibonelo Radebe asked Jannie Rossouw to explain what’s at stake ...

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Ms Tandeka Gqada (DA)

Feb. 16, 2017 (3 days, 20 hours ago) — Comments

Tandenka Gqada

What is your political background? My political interest started in 2010 when I watched the debates in Parliament and I was still in the private sector at the time. I then came across Mr Masizole Mnqasela, a Member of the Western Cape Provincial Legislature at an opening of a Nedbank ...

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Brandon Topham (DA)

Feb. 13, 2017 (6 days, 17 hours ago) — Comments

Brandon Topham

What is your political background?

My political activism when I was sixteen in 1986 when I got exposed to the inequalities of Apartheid against people. Then when I entered university I worked three jobs just to get away from having to enlist as a white South African. As a liberal ...

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Derrick America (DA)

Feb. 13, 2017 (6 days, 17 hours ago) — Comments

Derrick America

WHAT IS YOUR POLITICAL BACKGROUND?

I can say my political awareness started in 1976 when I was in high school. Three of us decided to raise awareness about the student action in Soweto. As we sought permission to go class to class to organize for a mass meeting we were ...

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The Week Ahead: SONA debates & more in the spotlight

Feb. 13, 2017 (6 days, 20 hours ago) — Comments

Before we get in to this week's schedule, we have to make a quick comment about last week's dramatic events.

Sadly, this was not a surprise. This was a sequel to SONA 2015 and 2016. There were warning signs – heavy security, deployment of soldiers, threats by the EFF ...

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Dumisani Livingstone Ximbi (DA)

Feb. 13, 2017 (6 days, 22 hours ago) — Comments

Dumani Ximbi

WHAT IS YOUR POLITICAL BACKGROUND?- HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN POLITICS AND IN PARTICULAR WHAT DREW YOU TO YOUR SPECIFIC PARTY?

I initially started working with the Transkei defence force where the then military council had been in support of the ANC. In 1993 General Bantubonke Holomisa joined the ...

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Ms Connie September (ANC)

Feb. 10, 2017 (1 week, 2 days ago) — Comments

C September

What is your political background? How did you become involved in politics and what drew you to your political party? The situation in the country and in ones surroundings, where you stayed, dictated that one needed to get involved in organisations. Mine goes way back to the 80s to community ...

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Mr Zondi Silence Makhubele (ANC)

Feb. 10, 2017 (1 week, 2 days ago) — Comments

Zondi Makhubele

WHAT IS YOUR POLITICAL BACKGROUND? HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN POLITICS AND WHAT IN PARTICULAR DREW YOU TO YOUR SPECIFIC PARTY?

I became a bit politically aware round about ’82, ’83 when I went to high school. Of course even in primary school issues were there but in the ...

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Santosh Kalyan

Feb. 10, 2017 (1 week, 2 days ago) — Comments

What is your political background? I was studying at the University of Durban Westville at the time of the 1976 uprising. I was inspired to become involved in student politics at that time.

While serving my internship as a psychologist at UKZN, I became involved in lunch time discussions with ...

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Ms D Carter (COPE)

Feb. 10, 2017 (1 week, 2 days ago) — Comments

D Carter

Political Background

I have always had an interest in civic and other matters affecting our Country. Prior to the establishment of COPE I, along with many South Africans, grew concerned at the rise of corrupt and unethical conduct by public officials and public office bearers and the manifestation of poor ...

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