One of the great myths of the new South Africa is the belief that, with time, we will go the route of “all Africa”. But a stereotypical African basket case we are not. Indeed, democracy is entrenching itself in our beloved country, writes Justice Malala.
To stop the spread of an infection that globally kills 2-million children every year, South Africa's Department of Health is to include a pneumonia vaccine, previously available only to the wealthy, in its compulsory national immunisation programme.
Kgalema Motlanthe was sworn in as South Africa’s third post-apartheid president yesterday, announcing a new cabinet that saw Finance Minister Trevor Manuel retain his position and Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, former health minister, appointed minister in the presidency.
The African National Congress, South Africa’s ruling party, is to appoint Kgalema Motlanthe as acting president of the country, following the resignation of Thabo Mbeki on Sunday, and has reassured investors that economic policies will remain unchanged.
At some point in time ordinary folks start to build democracy and institutions. But each of us needs to play a part. We are not victims, we are participants. Fortunately I am coming across more and more South Africans doing exactly that, writes JP Landman.