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Constitutional democracy will survive the threat of an ANC-in-crisis. Moneyweb recently published two controversial opinion contributions from Max du Preez and Magnus Heystek which garnered a swift, emotional and blunt response from the Moneyweb community.

Has the ANC Finally Met Its Match?

Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Has the ANC finally met its match?
At SA - the Good News our primary mission is to enable a balanced narrative, “celebrate the good and confront the bad” is our mantra. That is sometimes a difficult task, not because there is a preponderance of ‘bad news’, but because change happens quickly in SA. Just this morning (17 Nov) Minister Dr. Bonginkosi Emmanuel ‘Blade’ Nzimande lashed out at the South African Editors Forum labelling them trouble makers and calling for an ‘Insult Protection Law’. At the Kimberly EFF Elective Congress there were intra-party stabbings as rival groups squared up. Last week’s parliamentary disruptions are described by Helen Zille as terminal, and not a ‘deep crisis’.
Shew! Things happen quickly in SA, below Max du Preez provides some interesting insights providing proof that the only constant in SA is rapid change. _Steuart Pennington.
Several national and international donors have joined forces to establish a new fund to support innovations in early learning in South Africa.  The R15 million fund, called the Innovation Edge, aims to inspire and enable bold new initiatives with the potential to transform early learning access and quality.

Hope for Africa

Wednesday, 05 November 2014

Dr. Denis Worrall of Omega Insights writes “We are delighted to publish Eddie Cross' impressions formed after a recent visit to East Africa or effectively Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.  They are like a breath of fresh air. Aside from the fact that he is an experienced and shrewd observer, what he has to say is very encouraging to foreign investors.” At SA - the Good News we have published Eddie Cross before. His optimism is both profound and contagious.

By Eddie Cross: Member of Parliament, Bulawayo and one of Zimbabwe’s top economists.

The Majority Report is the product of 10 months of research by the UCT Unilever Institute.  Essentially they are trying to understand the behaviour of that segment of the population not participating in formal employment, the so-called informal sector – or “survivors” as the Unilever Institute calls them.

What is BWI wine?

Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Or as Benjamin Franklin asked, “Is wine a constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy?”  I recently toured the wine lands of the Western Cape to learn about sustainable wine growing practices.  Did you know that there are some 3,440 wine farms in the Western Cape, and that 460 have cellars and wine-making facilities?

S.A. Fast Facts by Steuart Pennington

Wednesday, 15 October 2014
We try an update these figures every year, fortunately the Global Competitiveness Report and the Economist Pocket World in Figures are published annually, but many of our other sources are not.

We invite you our readers to contribute, either to correct the figures we have, or to add others that we don’t have!


“Much needed and critical skills in South Africa are being addressed through Rhodes Business School’s Certificate in Sustainable Business Analysis. Selecting its intake from talented, historically disadvantaged South African graduates, this programme produces exactly the kind of high-quality Business Analysts that Standard Bank and industry urgently requires.”  These are the words of Standard Bank CEO, Sim Tshabalala, following the announcement at the end of July 2014 that Standard Bank hired all 28 graduates from the 2013/14 SAP Banking Specialist Learnership. 


South Africa has slipped further down the ladder on our global competitiveness ranking from 50 (2011), 52 (2012), 53 (2013) to 56 this year.  In 2006 we were ranked 42nd.


Does Good News "trend" in South Africa?

Monday, 15 September 2014

Mention the words, “good news” or “positive news” and you will invariably be accused of sunshine journalism by many sclerotic journalists.  Talk of the “glass half-full vs glass half-empty” and you may well be accused of being naïve.


And the winner is...

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The Story of the ANN7 South African of the Year Awards (SATY).


by Steuart Pennington

Bad news tends to be an ‘event’. Good news very often is to be found in a ‘trend’.  The obvious example is crime – the bad news ‘event’ is today’s shooting of a young child, the good news ‘trend’ is the 50% reduction in crime since 1994. 


South Africa is a broken place.  There is aggression and intolerance about, the government is inept, corrupt, too many things don’t work: our children’s future is bleak. Is that more or less your view of our country today? Well, let me tell you of my experience in the past week:


Big Data Intelligence and Automation Will Quickly and Efficiently Connect South African Businesses With Relevant and Compatible Customers, Partners and Funding Sources.


The Question of Race

Tuesday, 05 August 2014

Is the “race question” in South Africa just a black/white thing?  When someone is accused of “playing the race card” are they contrasting blacks and whites only?  Is someone who is accused of being “racist” always white? Is race a social construct or is it a side-effect of the fact that humanity is still evolving?   Is it, as Steven Friedman suggests, our ticking time bomb?


The Unbearable Lightness of Sweden

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Many of us have questioned the sanity of our decision to ‘stay put’ in SA after the advent of our new democracy, for good reason…… it hasn’t, in many respects, turned out the way we thought it would 20 years ago. 


Is Good News Propaganda?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

There are three sources of opinion; fact, rumour and prejudice. The truth can only be found in the first. There are three elements to a story; accuracy, context and balance. Truthful stories contain all three. There are three requirements for understanding; trust, honesty and respect. Without them opinion and truth count for little. (Steuart Pennington 2013) 



In this, the final article on the life of our former President Nelson Mandela I deal with his five years as the Head of State. No doubt Madiba was faced with enormously difficult task:

a nervous white community and an expectant black community

the negotiation of a new constitution

the management of a government of national unity

the establishment of a new parliament 


PART 5. Four years of negotiating our future – some highs, some lows – but never maleficense.

In this the 5th Part of our six part series on the life of Madiba we focus on the difficulty of the negotiation dynamic; his relationship with President F.W de Klerk; the precariousness of the process; and the determination to achieve the end goal. 


PART 4. 27 years in Prison – and the will to forgive and to reconcile

In this the 4th Part of our six part series on the life of Madiba we focus on his time in prison. In a way a lot happened during those 27 years, particularly for South Africa. The 60’s and 70’s were boom years, we recording the second highest economic growth rate globally after Japan.



The third has to do with his transformation from a ‘rural boy’ on a journey to discover life in Johannesburg, as a security guard on the mines, to a political activist and a leader.



In this section we deal with the events that forged Madiba becoming a “Comrade” and ultimately becoming President of the ANC.



I thought it appropriate to run a series of six newsletters on Madiba’s life, consistent with the themes of the Mandela Exhibition which now has a global audience.

The first has to do with his early life in the Transkei and the factors that formed his character.


As part of the Mandela day celebrations on July 18 I thought it appropriate to run a series of six newsletters on Madiba’s life, consistent with the themes of the Mandela Exhibition which now has a global audience.


I was invited by Nkosinathi Msiza, Senior Communications Manager at NEDBANK to spend a couple of days at the National Arts Festival.  The festival has certainly come a long way over the past 40 years!  Now reputed to be one of the largest festivals of its type “in the world”.  (How we love to use these words – usually to describe the “bad” in South Africa!). 

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Weekly Blog

Sanitary Towels and Education - The 80 Day Difference

Author: Justin Foxton
Tuesday, 18 November 2014

article thumbnail In my work in some 150 rural schools I ‘discovered’ an unanticipated ‘barrier’ regarding school attendance for young girls, often exacerbated by unhygienic, sometimes unprivate, toilet facilities – that of sanitary wear. Justin Foxton is a regular blogger on SA - the Good News, he describes the seriousness of the situation and urges us all to get involved.  It is our hope that NGO’s working in schools will make it their business to...

Travel Blog

The Hong Kong Umbrella Movement - Some Lessons for SA

Author: Kathryn Pennington
Wednesday, 26 November 2014

article thumbnail The other day I went for a walk around Occupy Central in Hong Kong (HK) and found it a moving experience, the Umbrella Movement as they call it - NOT the Umbrella Revolution!   

Stories of Help

Showing Love Can Help - Heartbeat

Thursday, 19 June 2014

When Heartbeat was founded, it was estimated that by 2015 almost 6 million children would have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. The overwhelming challenge of caring for orphaned and vulnerable children has placed a grave burden on communities. Heartbeat is dedicated to ease the burden on these children and provide them with material and emotional support.

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South Africa is the only African country that is a member of the G20.

Over the next 36 weeks we at www.sagoodnews.co.za will be telling the stories of "Amazing South Africans" who are driven by commitment and powered by purpose, and who very often swim against the tide in their pursuit of making a difference. They are driven by significance not success, their contribution is often unacknowledged and unheralded but invariably impacts those in greatest need.

Use-It: You Can Do Amazing Things With Waste!

article thumbnailEvery day, 6,000 tons of waste is thrown into Durban landfills: building materials, organic and electronic waste, paper, tires, etc. Most of this waste can be re-used or recycled at a local level to close the loop on the value chain. Use-It, a Durban-based company, aims to identify waste beneficiation in the eThekwini Municipal area that will help to divert waste from landfill and create employment in the green economy. Chris Whyte, managing director of Use-it, shows us how it...

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It took one South African to turn an internet frenzy into a vehicle for change. South Africa, you've been RAK nominated.


Corruption Watch

Report corruption when you come across it. Our global ranking on public trust of politicians is 88/142, diversion of public funds 81/142; irregular payments and bribes 48/142; favoritism in decisions of government officials 114/142; wastefulness of government spending 69/142. Do your bit, report corruption at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or sms 45142 and join thousands of South Africans who are going to rid this country of the corruption scourge

Jobs Portal

As many of our readers, both local and international, are interested in what the job market has to offer, we have introduced a jobs portal in conjunction with  vjobs.co.za. It is our hope that this portal will meaningfully contribute to the challenges facing entrepreneurs, corporates and job seekers.

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