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Africa at a Tipping Point - Mo Ibrahim Foundation

The Ibrahim Forum, held annually since 2010, focuses on the challenges of critical importance to Africa, for which wise leadership and sound governance are essential. 

Bringing together a diverse range of high-level African stakeholders from the public and private arenas as well as influential partners based outside the continent, the Forum prides itself on promoting open and frank discussion. It aims to go beyond the familiar analysis of problems and restatement of commitments to encourage fresh, pragmatic solutions and shared responsibilities. 

​Change of LGE System Could Lead to Logistical Nightmare

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says there will be a logistical nightmare if the Local Government Election system is changed to allow voters to cast their ballots anywhere in the country, if they are outside their voting districts on Election Day.

IEC deputy chairperson, Terry Tselane, says, “On the day of Local Government Elections, we have got 4 649 different ballot papers, so if you are registered in Johannesburg in a particular ward, your ward is going to be different from a person who is in Kimberley.”

​NGO Commends Zambia’s Contribution to Democracy

Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) executive director, Siphosami Malunga, says the region would not have been liberated without Zambia’s contribution.

Malunga says it is also encouraging that Africa has chosen to embrace democracy as its form of governance.

Speaking during in Lusaka recently during the launch of the Zambia Elections Information Centre (ZEIC), he pointed out that, “I must say that I am very proud of Zambia. I know that Zambians probably know better about their country than I ever will. I have a lot of pride in Zambia.”

​Voters Slam Food Parcels During Election Campaigns

A research report shows that voters, particularly in poor communities, believe that the handing out of food parcels during elections campaigns amounts to vote buying.
 
This month Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that the distribution of food parcels in 2009 by Julius Malema, then leader of the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League, was an abuse of state resources.
 

Face-to-Face Outreach Key to Wooing Young Voters

In the last municipal election in 2011, only 28 percent of young people aged 20-29 voted.

Before the first registration weekend for the poll this August, the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) says more than 80 percent of the 9.1-million eligible voters who are not registered were under 35 years old.

If young people don’t vote, their concerns will not carry enough weight in the halls of power, and policy will ignore the needs of young people.

Getting Ready for a Woman President?

"If women ruled the world, there would be no war, there would be a bunch of countries not talking to each other." So says a "Funny Humour Joke Poster proudly made in the U.S.A [United States of America", one of several dozen countries that has never had a woman leader.

In July 1960, Sri Lanka's Sirimavo Bandaranaike, became the first female Prime Minister. With twenty-two out of 196 (11 percent) female heads of state, women remain the rare exception in high public office.

Students Becoming New Democratic Citizen

According to Joleen Steyn Kotze, if one tracks South African student activities in 2015, it becomes apparent that a new politics is bubbling below the surface of academic life.

Kotze states that this first emerged with the #RhodesMustFall and #OpenStellenbosch protests, followed more recently by #FeesMustFall, adding that, “The underlying issues driving this movement are about citizenship, belonging, inclusion and exclusion.”

Media Freedom Can be Celebrated: SANEF

Chairperson of South African National Editors Forum's Media Freedom Committee and Editor of Beeld newspaper, Adriaan Basson, says the country has a reason to celebrate Media Freedom Day.
 
The country marks Media Freedom Day, the day is a reminder of Black Wednesday, 1977, when apartheid Justice Minister Jimmy Kruger outlawed three newspapers, The World, The Weekend World and the Voice.
 

Satisfaction with Democracy Remains Elusive

An Afrobarometer survey shows that satisfaction with democracy remains elusive, as just 51 percent of citizens surveyed in 28 African countries believed their country was a full democracy, or one with just a few problems.
 
Of the 51 percent of respondents who expressed satisfaction with the country’s democracy, 18 percent believed they lived in a full democracy, and 34 percent in a democracy with some challenges.
 
The Afrobarometer survey is based on 41 953 face-to-face interviews in 28 African countries, excluding South Africa, since June last year.
 

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