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Crime stats shock...

It seems that around 52% of crimes in South Africa went unreported in 2011. This is according to a report issued by the South African Institute of Race Relations based on the Statistics SA’s Victims of Crime Survey.

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Blackouts ahead?

Remember January and February 2008 which was wet and unseasonably cold and we ran into rolling blackouts when Eskom’s stockpiles of coal ran low? Well, fast forward a few years to 2013 and the prospect of winter where demand for electricity exceeds an already over-stretched capacity AND there are shortages of coal following industrial action in the coal industry. There have already been unplanned outages which have “squeezed Eskom’s spare capacity to levels last seen in 2008 when the company used load-shedding to prevent the entire system from collapsing” (The Times, 20 March 2013).

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Why are they killing?

"Why are they killing? Why?"

This was the question posed by 16-year-old Mmathapelo Malapane, a Grade 10 Mabuya Secondary School pupil representing the children of Daveyton, at the memorial of slain Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia. (Daveyton police were filmed dragging Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia behind their vehicle for the five hundred metres to the police station where he died of his injuries).

Mmathapelo Malapane: "What is it that Mido Macia did that he was killed like a dog? Is it because he is a foreigner?"

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How stats mirror Agang’s vision

Dr Mamphela Ramphele has announced her entry into the political arena and intention to contest the 2014 general elections.

In her speech on February 18 at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, Ramphele raised many issues where she felt that South Africa was falling well short of its potential and where the government was failing its people.

If one looks at a futurefact survey that earlier questioned South Africans about their views on many of the issues she raised, one finds a lot of overlap.

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Agang (Build SA)

Mamphela Ramphele has announced her entry to the political arena and intention to contest the 2014 elections. In her speech at Constitution Hill on 18 February, she raised many issues where she felt that South Africa was falling well short of its potential and where the government was failing the people.

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