Loyalty, delivery, social protest and voting

by Steuart Pennington

National Elections are upon us.

The date has been announced – 7th May.

The State of the Nation address is this Thursday – 13th February.

The City Press headlines (Sunday 9 Feb.) tell us that we have had 2947 ‘social delivery’ protests in the past three months – 32 a day, and 3258 ‘social delivery’ protests in the past 43 months.

This week-end the Independent Electoral Commission opened its doors appealing for citizens of voting age to register.

Julius Malema, leader of our youngest opposition party, the EFF, appeared in court on charges of tax evasion and fraud.

The DA’s attempt to improve its struggle credentials falls in a heap.

The country is in turmoil – or is it?

Dishing up 5 million breakfasts for South African children

According to the South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2013), nearly one-fifth of all South Africa children are not eating breakfast before going to school. This is why Kellogg’s is initiating the Breakfast for Better Days™ (BFBD) campaign, which launched at the beginning of January 2014 and runs until December 2014.

Unemployment rate eases to 24.1%

South Africa’s unemployment rate eased to 24.1% in the fourth quarter of 2013 from a revised 24.5% in the third quarter, Statistics South Africa reports. Economists caution, however, that unemployment is unlikely to come down significantly in the short term.

PPC to enter Algerian cement market

South Africa’s PPC is set to enter the Algerian cement market through a 49% acquisition of local company Hodna Cement. PPC, which is already building cement plants in three other African countries, is aiming to earn 40% of its revenues outside of South Africa by 2017, says CEO Ketso Gordhan.

Orlando Pirates adopt SOS Children’s Villages

The greatest honour bestowed upon a football supporter, is to accompany your team onto the soccer pitch before the start of a match. That is exactly what the Orlando Pirates provided on Saturday, 8 February 2014 when 22 bright-eyed children from Ennerdale SOS Children’s Villages accompanied them onto the field for their match against Mamelodi Sundowns.

Maternal health improves in Gauteng

Improved services for mothers and children has seen the mortality rate for children under the age of five drop 7.3 percentage points from 10.7% in 2006 to 3.4% in mid- 2013, Hope Papo, Gauteng’s MEC for Health, said in a statement issued to mark the start of Reproductive Health Month.