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Analysis: Ramaphosa shakes off Zuma’s spectre, sets the tone for a constitutionalist presidency

Many of the things President Cyril Ramaphosa said at his official inauguration as South Africa’s fifth democratic president weren’t new. South Africans heard much of it a decade before, when the man most conspicuous in his absence at Ramaphosa’s event, made promises of his own to uphold the Constitution and strengthen the institutions of democracy. But so much has changed.

Photo Essay: Presidential Inauguration: In Pictures

Thousands of South Africans filled Loftus Stadium on Saturday for the presidential inauguration of Cyril Ramaphosa. The festivities ranged from cultural performances by the Tshwane Gospel Choir and the SANDF’s marching band. The atmosphere throughout the day was that of excitement as many gathered to witness this momentous occasion.

Presidential Inauguration: Straight-talking Ramaphosa promises action on corruption, inspires hope for a unified SA

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday took the oath of office and committed to turning words into actions. Echoing the unifying spirit of Nelson Mandela, he pledged to address the country's challenges – including corruption.

Presidential Inauguration: ‘The challenges we face are real, but they are not insurmountable’

This is an edited version of the address by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the occasion of his presidential inauguration.

Newsdeck: Eskom’s Hadebe Steps Down as CEO of S. African Power Utility

Phakamani Hadebe will step down as chief executive officer of the heavily indebted South African state power utility at the end of July, deepening a crisis that Goldman Sachs has described as the biggest threat to the country’s economy.

Media: This Weekend We’re Watching – We Are Going

NASA is returning to the moon in 2024, and in a completely different manner than 50 years ago. Here's how, and why.

BLOOMBERG: Salt spiked with saffron, ramps is dining’s latest extravagance

Over the past few years, salt has mysteriously disappeared from restaurant tables throughout the US. Meanwhile, sales of gourmet salt have been on the rise.

BLOOMBERG: Dom Perignon owner buys first rosé wine as Pink Fever spreads

The maker of Louis Vuitton handbags and Veuve Clicquot Champagne is taking aim at a form of luxury consumption that’s spreading worldwide: day drinking in the summer months with a bottle of rosé.

GroundUp: Limpopo’s forgotten schools and the Lottery’s expensive toilets

R10-million grant went to Gauteng company with no experience. By Anton van Zyl for GROUNDUP

FLORIDA FIELDS FOREVER: There’s an al fresco culinary revival on Durban’s Florida Road

Cape Town has Long Street and now Durban has a sunny new food-all place to hang out: it’s arty, upscale, has loads of attitude, and it’s creating a buzz. Get there...

WHEELS ON FIRE: Pete Goffe-Wood: Rolling down the road to Paarl, food truck in tow

Life never seems dull for Pete Goffe-Wood, who is about to start a new cheffy gig at Paarl’s Grande Roche, and whose new food truck is a gift.

KITCHEN LEGEND: Cass Abrahams: Stirring pots and shaking tables

A silent revolutionary in Cape cuisine, Cass Abrahams is determined to pass on the baton and believes the younger generation should step up and be custodians of the legacy.

GASTROTURF: The Big Mac & Cheese Edition

Who invented macaroni cheese? Thomas Jefferson – if you ask an American. (Who else?) ‘Don’t be daft, mate, it’s British’ – if you ask a Brit. ‘No it ain’t, mate, it’s bloody Australian.’ (If you have the timidity to ask an Australian. I wouldn’t, if it’s after 11pm at the Clobber & Roo.) And you thought it was South African? Course it is!

CONVERSATION PIECE: A Bespoke Dinner with Glen Carlou, unrecognisable Gordon and forgetful Heidi

When you’re hosting your own dinner party at home, you get to choose your company, but that invitation to a fancy dinner with a bunch of strangers – that can go anywhere. You could have to sit through four hours of the Itching To Go Home Blues on a loop. Or you could meet a fascinating group and have a fine old time.

Iss Today: Algeria, Sudan and the power of protest

Recent events are a timely reminder of how much can be achieved through non-violent civil resistance. By Lily Welborn for ISS TODAY.

Op-Ed: Xenophobia erodes South Africa’s leadership potential

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s inauguration, scheduled to coincide with Africa Day on 25 May this year, intends to highlight ‘government’s commitment to advancing the African agenda and to strengthening ties between South Africa and its neighbours’, according to The Presidency. However, the xenophobic outbursts in April a month before the national elections – and the challenges to responding appropriately to the crisis highlights the difficulty of fully integrating this message into government policy.

Zuma Charges: ‘Zuma camp’ obtained Shaun Abrahams letter unlawfully – court hears

An explosive letter from former prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams to former Hawks boss Yolisa Matakata, which former president Jacob Zuma's lawyers have asked KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg to consider, was obtained unlawfully.

Newsflash: NPA investigative directorate out for architects of corruption

The NPA's new investigative directorate is a key pillar of Cyril Ramaphosa's anti-corruption campaign. On Friday, its leader outlined its priorities – tackling the most serious cases of graft.

South Africa: Cannabis can create jobs and grow the economy new report argues

Africa has a huge number of cannabis consumers; a new report details how African countries can grow their economies and reach the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Maverick Life: ML Selects: Nespresso adds Zimbabwean coffee to their capsule selection  

Notes of berries and a tang of acidity define the new Tamuka mu Zimbabwe, the latest addition to the 'Reviving Origins' collection of coffee capsules. But it is the work done on the ground and the partnerships with local farmers that make this blend stand out.

Water Wars, Makhanda Edition: A truce for Gift of the Givers but water woes continue for Makhanda

Gift of the Givers has reached an agreement with the Makana local municipality and will get some money for the work they did to help bring water to the people of drought-stricken Makhanda. The humanitarian relief organisation will be leaving town. Residents are still concerned though.

Newsdeck: Old Mutual Suspends CEO Moyo Over `Breakdown in Trust’

Old Mutual Ltd. suspended Chief Executive Officer Peter Moyo over a conflict of interest involving his investment firm NMT Capital.

Newsdeck: Tearful Theresa May Says She Will Quit as Tory Leader on June 7

An emotional Theresa May announced she will quit as Britain’s prime minister after admitting she had failed to deliver the one task that defined her time in office -- taking the country out of the European Union.

Newsdeck: Cannes critics let rip at Kechiche’s three-hour twerk fest

CANNES, France, May 24 (Reuters) - A three-and-a-half hour largely plotless movie set in a nightclub, featuring girls twerking from every angle and a 13-minute explicit sex scene in the toilet, claimed the dubious honour as the most universally panned film at Cannes on Friday.

Days of Zondo: State Capture judge seeks response from the Hawks over delays in Transnet bribe case

Inaction surrounding payment of an alleged bribe to a Gupta-linked agency that extracted a nearly R700-million claim from Transnet has elicited firm words from Deputy Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo.

Newsdeck: British Prime Minister Theresa May announces her resignation

LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday she would step down as leader of the Conservative Party, triggering a contest for a new prime minister who will have to try to break the impasse over Britain's departure from the European Union.

State vs Zuma

Newsdeck: U.S. Says Assange Violated Espionage Act in Leaking Secrets

The U.S. charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with 18 counts related to endangering U.S. national security by conspiring to obtain and disclose classified information in one of the biggest intelligence breaches in American history.

Newsdeck: Harvey Weinstein and accusers reach tentative compensation deal -WSJ

May 23 (Reuters) - Harvey Weinstein, women who accused him of sexual misconduct, his former film studio's board members and the New York attorney general's office have reached a tentative $44 million deal to resolve lawsuits and compensate alleged victims of the Hollywood producer, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people it said were familiar with the matter.

Business Maverick: Global bond rally drives Treasury Yields to lowest since 2017

The US-China trade conflict and cracks in the global economy are herding investors to the safest parts of financial markets, pushing yields to multiyear lows and strengthening bets that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates in 2019.

Business Maverick: US charges Assange with new Counts of espionage violations

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was indicted on additional charges unsealed Thursday accusing him of violating the Espionage Act by engaging in a wide-ranging effort to obtain classified information about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and other matters.

Business Maverick: This week in the world economy and what it means

The escalating trade war between the US and China drew fresh headlines this week as economists start to hit the panic alarm over what it may mean for the global economy. Here’s our weekly review of the world economy and the lessons learned.

OPINIONISTA: The deputy presidency of South Africa — revealing bolts from the blue

The election result strengthened President Cyril Ramaphosa’s hand. His unanimous election as president added to this. The next step — the appointment of the deputy president and Cabinet — will show whether indeed he has gathered the courage, along with factional freedom from within the ANC, to move definitively and build confidence in his government.

OPINIONISTA: A plea for Honourable Members to please step out of their bubble in the 6th Parliament

Us the people are not us the enemy… we are us the people who have entrusted us the MPs with our futures. We are their investors, we want them to succeed. They would be well advised to consider an end to hiding behind high fences, heavily guarded gates and to take a step forward, to break down the barriers that had been put in place by a past government that was scared of us the people.

MASSACRES IN THE HEART OF AFRICA: Central African Republic still racked by conflict despite February peace deal

Armed group that signed peace pact being blamed for massacre of up to 49 civilians this week.

MOTORING: Audi RS5 Sportback: Flat-out fastback

Spot an RS badge on an Audi, and you know it’s going to be fast. The RS5 Sportback isn’t quite as glamorous as the RS5 Coupé, but it’s more user-friendly, more practical and more spacious. Most of all, though, it’s still the real RS deal.

BUSINESS MAVERICK: Erik Venter leaves Comair on a high and profitable note

Despite dismal trading conditions in SA’s airline industry, Comair has enjoyed an unbroken record of profit since its inception 73 years ago. The JSE-listed company, which operates low-cost brand and British Airways under licence, has also consistently rewarded shareholders with dividends. The shocking resignation of its long-time CEO has left analysts wondering who can fill his big shoes.

CRICKET WORLD CUP: South Africa looks to overcome haunted World Cup past in 2019

The Cricket World Cup has not been kind to South Africa in the past, but the Proteas have a chance to build on their semifinal loss in 2015 when the tournament kicks off next week in England and Wales. The Proteas will play in the tournament’s opening match against hosts England on May 30.

SA’S 6TH PARLIAMENT: ‘I don’t feel pressure, I feel excited,’ says youngest MP in the National Assembly

At 23, Sibongiseni Ngcobo of the Democratic Alliance became the youngest member of the National Assembly when he took the oath of office before Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng on Wednesday 22 May. Taking his seat in Parliament is a dream come true for the KwaZulu-Natal-born man.

WESTERN CAPE: The work begins now, says Winde as he announces provincial cabinet

The new Western Cape provincial cabinet was officially introduced on Thursday. Premier Alan Winde calls his government a mix of ‘experience and stability ... and new capabilities, new members’.

Sponsored Content: Questioning the answers: University Education and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Implantable cell phones. Reading glasses connected to the internet. Internet-connected clothes. Robotic pharmacists. Company board members that are nothing more or less than Artificial Intelligence (AI). 3D-printed cars, and even organs for transplant. It reads like a list of science-fiction extravagances, but these are just some of the very real developments taking place around us as the Fourth Industrial Revolution changes our lives forever.

OUR BURNING PLANET: Durban floods: An open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa

The massive floods that hit KZN, and Durban in particular, in April 2019 are yet another indicator of how climate change is affecting our resilience, a fact acknowledged by President Cyril Ramaphosa. But there has been a strange silence since then, and big, carbon-intensive programmes are steaming ahead in the port city. Surely the time for talking is over?

PARLIAMENTARY NOTEBOOK: With both Houses of Parliament in place, it’s all eyes on the inauguration and Cabinet announcement

Thursday’s swearing-in of the 54 permanent delegates of the National Council of Provinces was a staid affair, but then the house that must champion the nine provinces is often seen as the stepchild of Parliament. Now both Houses are constituted, the parliamentary calendar should kick into high gear. Sort of.

BUILD-A-GOVERNMENT: How Cyril Ramaphosa is reshaping his Cabinet

As he works day and night to make his new Cabinet, here’s the top line: Most deputy positions face the axe, there’s a super-Presidency in the works and a ‘big bang’ announcement of departmental mergers is likely at the weekend.

DAYS OF ZONDO: How to go from a price tag of R9.7m to R700m, Transnet-style

Business Expansion Structured Products, a Gupta-linked company which had then barely traded, inflated the price of relocating a yet-to-be-built locomotive manufacturing plant from Gauteng to Durban from R9.7m to R700m — scoring about 10% of the deal for its efforts.

GROUNDUP: Invite me for coffee, Western Cape Premier Winde tells marchers

Marikana residents demand land, writes Velani Ludidi for GroundUp.

OP-ED: Called by G-d

President Cyril Ramaphosa has been called to restore morality and integrity to government and beyond. The last 10 years have seen one of the most brazen and iniquitous attempts in history to steal an entire country – all in broad daylight. The project of state capture unleashed and endorsed a feeding frenzy of corruption at every level, which has impoverished and denuded every aspect of life for 50 million South Africans.

OPINIONISTA: Lindiwe Sisulu’s actions on the Palestinian Question is in accordance with ANC policy

It is disingenuous for the South African Jewish Board of Deputies to single out a leader of the ANC, as if the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, was not implementing and promoting ANC policy.

OP-ED: A response to Ronnie Kasrils’ response to me

In the wake of the Zuma years, it is naïve to believe it would have been possible for the SA Communist Party to run a principled but independent anti-corruption, pro-socialist electoral campaign in 2017-18 and still have an effective impact on the critical challenge of the time. That challenge was to pull the country and our hard-won constitutional democracy back from the brink upon which we were teetering in 2017 and early 2018.

BUSINESS MAVERICK: SA Reserve Bank holds rates, signals a cut on the horizon

The South African Reserve Bank kept the repo rate, the main lending rate, on hold as expected at 6.75% on Thursday. Two out of five members of the Monetary Policy Committee voted for a cut, and the statement signalled the next move will likely be downward. This is largely because the deplorable state of the economy has put a lid on any demand pressures that could reignite inflation.

NEWSFLASH: Multibillion-rand SAPS/SITA capture probe: Appeal court dismisses Keith Keating challenge to search and seizure warrant

The Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed an application by Forensic Data Analysts director Keith Keating for leave to appeal against the validity of a search and seizure warrant issued in December 2017.

Newsdeck: Manafort Banker Charged With Bribe to Win Trump Post

A Chicago banker who lent millions of dollars to Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was charged by prosecutors with bribery for seeking a post in the Trump administration in return for $16 million in loans.

Newsdeck: U.S. airlines expect Boeing 737 MAX jets need up to 150 hours of work before flying again

CHICAGO, May 23 (Reuters) - Once regulators approve Boeing Co's grounded 737 MAX jets for flight, each aircraft will likely require between 100 and 150 hours of preparation before flying, officials from the three U.S. airlines that operate the MAX told Reuters.

PODCAST: They Killed Dulcie — Episode 7: Impunity?

The final episode of They Killed Dulcie takes a critical look at what happened to the investigations of Dulcie September’s murder. So pervasive is the impunity for the economic crimes that sustained apartheid, that Dulcie September’s tenacious struggle for freedom was abruptly ended without redress. Why were victims like Dulcie forgotten, and why were the perpetrators allowed to go free?

Newsdeck: State demands conviction of 3 more ‘Krugersdorp killers’

The State has urged the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg to convict three more of the so-called "Krugersdorp Killers" for a number of murders between 2012 and 2016.

THE ZUMA CHARGES: Everyone’s equal before the law, even Zuma – NPA

It was the NPA's turn on Thursday to explain why former president Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales should be prosecuted for corruption. Zuma was responsible for a decade of delays in the case and the public needs to see the powerful held accountable, heard the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

STREET TALK: Cannabis: The miracle herb? (Video)

Street Talk sat down with some cannabis lovers to talk about the psychoactive herb. Is it really the miracle herb?

Newsdeck: May Backtracks on Vote as Pressure to Go Mounts: Brexit Update

Theresa May is on her way out -- the only question is when she’ll go -- and her party is bracing for a humiliating defeat in European elections on Thursday.

Newsdeck: Phillip Dexter sends lawyer’s letter to Helen Zille over ‘callous, cruel personal attack’

Politician Phillip Dexter has issued a lawyer's letter to former Western Cape premier Helen Zille over what he calls a "callous and cruel" personal dig about his ex-wife and child.

Newsdeck: Modi promises inclusive India after stunning election win

NEW DELHI/AYODHYA, May 23 (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to unite the country on Thursday after a big election win, with his party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of business-friendly policies and a tough stand on national security.

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