Manifestos Ahead of the National Elections 2024

An election manifesto serves as a blueprint, outlining the policies a political party pledges to enact if entrusted with power during a general election. Prior to an election, each political party releases an official manifesto, laying down the foundation for its campaign. These documents serve a pivotal function by articulating ...

Public Service Month - September 2023

The month of September is designated as Public Service Month in South Africa, a significant event on the Department of Public Service and Administration's annual calendar.

Public Service Month serves as a prompt to reflect on the essence of community service and evaluate the government's influence, particularly in the realm ...

International Day of Democracy: Democratic Elections in South Africa

Pillars of Democracy

Between 1994 and 1996, various roleplayers, including the democratically elected Constitutional Assembly, Parliament, and the Constitutional Court, negotiated the South African Constitution. To this day, the Constitution that was produced has been regarded as one of the more progressive in the world, based on its extensive guarantees ...

Deaf MP Dr Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen unpacks the importance of International Day of Sign Language


The United Nations recognises the 23rd of September as the International Day of Sign Languages. This day provides a unique opportunity to support and protect the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of all deaf people.

To help us understand the importance of this day, we spoke to Dr Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen. ...

International Day of Democracy - 15 September

On the 15th of September every year, democratic nations across the world observe International Day of Democracy. This observance provides an opportunity for many nations to review the state of democracy in their own countries, and more broadly, globally.

A democratic parliament is one that is representative, open and ...

We ask MP Sello Seitlholo - Why active citizenry in young people?

The focus on young people has gained traction in the mainstream, partly due to the effects of Covid-19 and how it has negatively impacted employment opportunities of young people.

We spoke to another young member of society, and activist in his own right. Member of Parliament Sello Seitlholo talks to ...

Ms Bridget Staff Masango

"While South Africans are welcome to physically come to Parliament, I don’t believe their inputs into the work of Parliament are taken into account when decisions such as passing bills are made."


1. What is your political background?

My political career started in 2014, when I made myself available as ...

Opinion: Democracy for rural people under threat

By Fani Ncapayi

The new year has ushered in a dangerous time for millions of rural dwellers in South Africa as they face the prospect of losing precious democratic rights enjoyed by their urban fellow citizens.

The government is contemplating revising a law that imposes two systems of governance in ...

Opinion: Courts and Constitution plug the gap left by lack of political accountability

By Firoz Cachalia

Some years ago I brought back from Siena copies of two famous frescoes painted by Lorenzetti depicting good and bad government. The first shows idyllic scenes of virtuous rulers, happy citizens and a prosperous society; the second shows dystopian scenes of selfish rule, injustice and famine, thus ...

Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa (UDM)

"We are not a homogenous group of people, because we come from a very divisive political past. We have differences as individuals but what binds us together is that we are one nation and we have a shared vision for the future and our common destiny."


What is your political ...