By-Elections Explained

In this blog, we take you through the basics of by-elections. You can use this blog as a useful guide in understanding the importance of by-elections in your community, and more broadly as an important element in the value chain of our democratic system.

What are by-elections?

A by-election is ...

Editorial: SA is courting abuse

Increasingly, the courts are being called on to settle disputes that should be dealt with by other constitutional or political institutions.

zuma Jacob Zuma. Picture: REUTERS/Rogan Ward

SA is awash with court cases between political actors. Hardly a week goes by without a civil society organisation or a political party approaching ...

Prayer Service to stop unauthorised, fraudulent and unlawful debit deductions permanently!

The Black Sash, its civil society partners and grant beneficiaries will be hosting a prayer service to take place St. George’s Cathedral, Capetown on Wednesday 12 October 2016 at 14h00 which will be followed by a Silent Stand on the steps until 15h30.

"We will pray for justice for thousands ...

Decisions on public money not that democratic when the majority is not heard

By Steven Friedman



WHEN South Africans debate how public money should be spent, we can be sure that the voices of most of the people will never be heard.

The conflict over university fee increases is the latest example. We are told that "the students" want some ...

Ms Tabiso Wana (ANC)


What is your political background? I entered politics from the working class point of view and I am among those that had spent some time incarcerated for my involvement in the political unrest prior to 1994. This was post matric in a rural area called Qhumanco Village of Cofimvaba.

Around ...

Ask Mayoral candidates to commit to making accessible all Service Delivery Agreements with businesses


Have you seen your municipality's Service Delivery Agreements (SDAs) with businesses it contracts? No idea what that is? Well, it often feels like that’s the way many political candidates want it to stay. You see, the Municipal Systems Act states SDAs must be made public [1], so that people like ...

Seminar: Building Racial Antagonisms: State, Media & Society


What kinds of semiotic resources are used by the state, media and society, and how do these construct, reflect and conceal racial antagonisms?

Dr. Luis Escobedo is visiting the CDRA and will facilitate their next Social Change Practice Seminar on Thursday 14 July. Using theory and real life examples of ...

Seminar: Is the Rainbow Nation at a turning point?


What do rising levels of protest and a depreciating economic and political climate mean for South Africa’s future? Is the Rainbow Nation at a turning point?

rainbowThis seminar will present the ISS’ latest futures analysis on economics, politics and instability in South Africa up to 2024. Three new papers setting ...

Apply for Live SA’s digital content creators training programme

Training the next generation of digital content creators in Cape Town and Johannesburg


Only 18- to 25-year-olds can apply

Livity Africa is looking for 20 aspirant content creators to join their exciting four month training programme on, based in Jo’burg and Cape Town.

What the programme is ...

Invitation: HSRC Racism Dialogue


Date: 27 May 2016

Venue: Cape Sun Hotel, Strand Street, Cape Town

Time: 10:30-13:30

The theme for the Racism Dialogue series is “Racial inequalities and racism in South Africa: history, mechanisms & ideas for change”. The Cape Town leg will focus on “History and mechanisms of racism”.

We are pleased ...

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